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The Great American Country Music Showcase of Fame (pt 1/2)

The Great American Country Music Showcase of Fame (pt 1/2)

Artist: Steven C. White (born 1963 Lima, Ohio; lives Albuquerque, New Mexico)

Department: Art
Date: 1998
Medium: carved and painted wood, modeled and painted clay with mixed media
Dimensions:
108 x 32 x 6 3/4 in. (274.3 x 81.3 x 17.1 cm)
Classification: Sculpture
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, museum purchase, 1997 General Obligation Bonds
Object number: PC1999.46.1.1
Descriptiona painted guitar with many added gold stars hangs over two violins which hang above rows of carved and painted figures of musicians who stand behind carved records with their names.
On view
Label Text:The Great American Country Music Showcase of Fame features twenty-eight individual portraits, each displaying a stylized but unmistakable likeness to a specific country musician. The stars at the top resemble exploding fireworks while country music angels, mouths open in song, adorn the guitar. The full-sized musical instruments, expressive faces, and brightly painted images help capture the glitter and glamour of Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry. Unexpected details, such as the smiling moon atop the guitar and the painted rabbit bounding across a southwestern landscape, reward a second look and occupy every corner and surface of this complex construction. White’s bold, brightly-colored works often serve as informed and intelligent social and political commentaries, while remaining accessible to a wide variety of viewers. In addition to paintings and clay caricatures, White is especially known for his Pez candy dispenser makeovers which he transforms into celebrities and historical figures.