Adrian Piper The Barbie Doll Drawings 1967

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Piper completed the thirty-five parts of The Barbie Doll Drawings while still in her teens, at the start of her transition from figurative drawing to conceptualism. In each drawing a doll has been de- and reconstructed, its body parts rendered in exaggerated and contrasting scales and assembled in anatomically incorrect configurations, with a puppet-like quality that suggests the acerbic humor that marked Piper’s shifting perspective on the figure.

Gallery label from Adrian Piper: A Synthesis of Intuitions, 1965–2016, 2018
Medium
Ink and pencil on thirty-five sheets of notebook paper
Dimensions
each: 8 1/2 × 5 1/2" (21.6 × 14 cm)
Credit
Acquired through the generosity of Catie and Donald Marron, The Friends of Education of The Museum of Modern Art, Carol and Morton Rapp, Richard S. Zeisler Bequest (by exchange), Committee on Drawings and Prints Fund, Riva Castleman Endowment Fund, John B. Turner Fund, and Monroe Wheeler Fund
Object number
234.2016.1-35
Copyright
© 2019 Adrian Piper
Department
Drawings and Prints

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