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Ribbon Mania

Artist:
Burhan Doğançay (American (born Turkey), Istanbul 1929–2013 Istanbul)
Object Name:
Painting
Date:
1982
Geography:
Made in Turkey
Medium:
Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions:
Not framed. H. 60 in. (152.4 cm) W. 60 in. (152.4 cm) D. 1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Benjamin Kaufmann, 2011
Accession Number:
2011.583
Rights and Reproduction:
© Estate of Burhan Doğançay
Not on view
Inspired by the graffiti- and poster-covered walls of New York City in the 1960s, the Turkish-born artist Burhan Doğançay mined the expressive possibilities of street art in works that spanned a half century. The paintings in Ribbons, a series he made between 1972 and 1989, are trompe-l’oeil collages, in which forms evocative of ribbons or slashed and torn paper seem to break through the plane of a wall and to project forward into our space. In Ribbon Mania of 1982, the play of light and shade created by the painted forms and their cast shadows against a pale gray ground underscore the illusion of three-dimensionality. While the markings on the canvas at once suggest posters peeling from a wall, Doğançay’s “Ribbons" also recall Islamic calligraphy.
Signature: Burhan Dogancay 1982
Collection of the artist, Istanbul (until about 2004–6; sold to Kaufmann); Benjamin Kaufmann, Switzerland (by 2006–11; gifted to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Fifty Years of Collecting Islamic Art," September 23, 2013–January 26, 2014, no catalogue.

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