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© Barbro Östlihn
Barbro Östlihn
1930 - 1995
United States, France, Born Sweden Pantbank, 1962
Pawn Shop
Olja på duk
155 x 178 cm
Purchase 1964
NM 5816 This artwork is not on display
- About the work
Barbro Östlihn builds her works like one builds a wall. She applies paint according to a system, with great patience and precision. She developed a habit at an early stage of working nocturnally, with artificial light. Pawn Shop is from 1962, the year after Östlihn and her then husband, the artist Öyvind Fahlström, had moved to New York. They were soon introduced to the circles of Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns and Claes Oldenburg, to name but a few. Östlihn went on long walks, taking myriads of pictures of buildings in the mega-city with her instamatic camera. In Pawn Shop she captures the windows facing the street. The pawnbroker symbol - three golden balls originating from the coat of arms of the Medici family - evoke a silent wonder. What goes on behind these facades?
- Signature, inscriptions, and markings
- Exhibition history
- Exhibition catalogues
- Bibliography
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