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Study for Composition #1, #2, #3 and #4 for "Mobile Painting #17"

© Estate of Jerry Tsukio Okimoto

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© Estate of Jerry Tsukio Okimoto

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© Estate of Jerry Tsukio Okimoto

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

Jerry Tsukio Okimoto

American, 1924-1998

Study for Composition #1, #2, #3 and #4 for "Mobile Painting #17", ca. 1963

set of four watercolors on paper mounted on board

each (sheet): 2 3/4 x 5 1/4 inches (6.99 x 13.33 cm); framed: 20 3/4 x 10 9/16 x 1/2 inches (52.7 x 26.83 x 1.27 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1963

K1963:20a

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Inscriptions

inscription / back, upper right / #17
label / back, upper left / AKAG sticker [with receiving number]40.2:63
inscription / back, upper center / K63:20a Okimoto Compositional Chart for Mobile Painting #17[outlined]

Provenance

the artist to Oscar Krasner, Inc.;
sold to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, December 4, 1963

Class

Paintings (visual works)
Studies (visual works)

Work Type

Watercolor (painting)
Study (visual work)

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

These four studies demonstrate a range of possibilities, suggested by the artist Jerry Okimoto, to reconfigure the composition of Mobile Painting #17. While at first glance Mobile Painting #17 appears to be a completely flat, tricolored surface, the blue square in fact sits in a channel in front of the red and yellow squares and can be moved left or right. An exploration of geometric form and three-dimensionality, this works is also part Okimoto's overall mission as an artist to challenge the distinction between painting, sculpture, and other traditional modes of artmaking.

Label from Giant Steps: Artists and the 1960s, June 30–December 30, 2018

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