Robert Arneson (American, 1930-1992) Brick Self-Portrait on Pedestal, 1981 terra cotta stamped ARNESON on multiple bricks and date stamped 1975 and incised 1979 on two different bricks 68"h x 15"w x 15"d
Provenance: Private Collection, Kansas City, Missouri George Adams Gallery, New York, New York The Estate of Candice B. Groot, Evanston, Illinois
Catalog Note: Well known for his ceramic sculptures and numerous self-portraits, Robert Arneson's body of work has been described as an "autobiography in clay." He tests the boundaries of self-representation with this self-portrait that depicts Arneson symbolically, not pictorially. The base, a stylized brick, trompe l'œil Doric column, provides solidity to a stack of seemingly teetering bricks, topped with what appears to be an actual brick. However, on closer inspection, facial features appear with a singular eye peering back at the viewer. In placing his unconventional figure on a pedestal, Arneson references the reverence of classical sculpture through time, thus furthering his goal of establishing himself as a major sculptor.