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Friday
Aug252017

A Harsh Scrutiny of American Society

Edward Kienholz and Nancy Reddin Kienholz - Sollie 17 - 1979-80 - mixed media construction - 120 x 336 x 168 in. - Smithsonian American Art Museum - Washington, D.C. (click photo for larger image)“An American artist of unwavering originality, critical insight, and notoriety, Edward Kienholz (1927-1994) created powerful work that reflected upon contemporary social and political issues of late twentieth-century America.” His work conveys a harsh scrutiny of American Society. The work featured here raises questions about society’s treatment of the elderly.

Kienholz grew up in a working-class family on a farm in the state of Washington. He learned auto repair, carpentry and metalworking skills that ultimately fed into his art. He never studies art in school, but did pursue painting, on his own, until he moved to Los Angeles in 1953. He then began producing large wooden reliefs composed of found objects and industrial paints (procured from auto shops and the like). He eventually moved away from the relief format to concentrate on creating elaborately detailed three-dimensional assemblages. 

Keinholz often worked on projects with his fifth wife and fellow artist—Nancy Reddin Kienholz (born 1943). They began producing work together from 1972 forward.