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Canetti in Marrakesh

Canetti in Marrakesh

Artist: William T. Wiley (1937 Bedford, Indiana - 2021 Greenbrae, California)

Department: Art
Date: 2001
Medium: Etching, 13/50
Classification: Prints & Printmaking
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, gift of the Albuquerque Museum Foundation from the Lucia v.B. Batten Estate
Object number: PC2015.26.151
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Label Text:Bulgarian born novelist, playwright, memoirist, non-fiction writer, and winner of the 1981 Nobel Prize for Literature, Elias Canetti published a travel memoir in 1968 titled The Voices of Marrakesh. It was his only published travel memoir, in which he described vivid scenes of daily life in Morocco, the sights and sounds of the busy bazaars, cafes, and streets. Focusing on selected scenes from the book, William T. Wiley sketched the events and characters and overlaid them on a map of the walled city of Marrakesh, printed in an earthy red. The etching was divided into six pieces and bound into a later edition of the book, published in 2001 by the Arion Press. Wiley’s cartoon style drawings often contrast lively and vivid compositions with darker environmental, political, and social themes.
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Bulgarian born novelist, playwright, memoirist, non-fiction writer, and winner of the 1981 Nobel Prize for Literature, Elias Canetti published a travel memoir in 1968 titled The Voices of Marrakesh. It was his only published travel memoir, in which he described vivid scenes of daily life in Morocco, the sights and sounds of the busy bazaars, cafes, and streets. Focusing on selected scenes from the book, William T. Wiley sketched the events and characters and overlaid them on a map of the walled city of Marrakesh, printed in an earthy red. The etching was divided into six pieces and bound into a later edition of the book, published in 2001 by the Arion Press. Wiley’s cartoon style drawings often contrast lively and vivid compositions with darker environmental, political, and social themes.