Gift of the Marmor Foundation (Drs. Michael and Jane Marmor) from the collection of Drs. Judd and Katherine Marmor
Aleesa Pitchamarn Alexander, PhD, Assistant Curator of American Art, Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University: The husband-and-wife team known jointly as “Kienholz” is best known for its challenging and gritty assemblages that comment on the darker aspects of American culture and ideology. The omnipresent item in their home and studio was the television, an object they considered to be—for better or worse— the most quintessentially American. At home, multiple televisions were on during all waking hours, ﬁlling the house with news and noise. Kienholz created more than thirty unique assemblages featuring makeshift television sets. Made of waste materials, such as old oil cans and cinder blocks, each “television” is incapable of fully functioning. Revealing equal parts disgust and fascination, Kienholz’s ﬁxation on television’s impact on American society seems even more relevant today.
Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, CA, 1989; The Marmor Foundation, Los Angeles, CA; given to the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, 2006.
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