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Rackstraw Downes, ‘New York State Psychiatric Institute’, 2015, Betty Cuningham
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New York State Psychiatric Institute, 2015

Oil on linen
22 × 37 in
55.9 × 94 cm
This is a unique work.
$125,000
Location
New York
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Rackstraw Downes
British, b. 1939
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Without the aid of a computer or camera, Rackstraw Downes sets up his easel in overlooked places from cities to deserts and paints as far as he can with gem-like detail. Considered a master of the contemporary American landscape, Downes has painted subway underpasses, barbed wire fences, corrugated metal farm buildings, and landfills. He is fascinated by what he feels is the “magic” of these places and, as he explains, the “incredible adaptation on the part of the wildlife” to the manmade. His often published essay Turning the Head in Empirical Space discusses the comprehensive view that is the subject of his painting. Downes was a 2009 MacArthur Fellow.

Rackstraw Downes, ‘New York State Psychiatric Institute’, 2015, Betty Cuningham
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Rackstraw Downes
British, b. 1939
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Without the aid of a computer or camera, Rackstraw Downes sets up his easel in overlooked places from cities to deserts and paints as far as he can with gem-like detail. Considered a master of the contemporary American landscape, Downes has painted subway underpasses, barbed wire fences, corrugated metal farm buildings, and landfills. He is fascinated by what he feels is the “magic” of these places and, as he explains, the “incredible adaptation on the part of the wildlife” to the manmade. His often published essay Turning the Head in Empirical Space discusses the comprehensive view that is the subject of his painting. Downes was a 2009 MacArthur Fellow.

New York State Psychiatric Institute, 2015

Oil on linen
22 × 37 in
55.9 × 94 cm
This is a unique work.
$125,000
Location
New York
Have a question? Visit our help center.
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