Tom Otterness, ‘Family Portrait’, 1997, Marlborough
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Tom Otterness

Family Portrait, 1997

Etching
26 3/4 × 19 3/4 in
67.9 × 50.2 cm
Edition of 15
.
$1,000 - 2,500
Location
New York, London
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Tom Otterness
American, b. 1952
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Since the 1970s, Tom Otterness has been populating public spaces with his impish human and animal sculptures, through which he gently lampoons American society. Disarmingly cute and cartoonish, and underpinned by art history, popular culture, and a democratic vision, his characters mock societal groups. “The artwork itself has five character types: blue collar workers, white collar workers, cops, […] radicals, […] and […] rich people,” he says. “And I take those five classes and […] make scenarios out of them.” Otterness uses the “lost wax” process to cast his bronze figures, which range from monumental to palm-sized. He explores class, money, race, and sex in his works, putting these fraught topics into the public sphere to spark conversation.

Tom Otterness, ‘Family Portrait’, 1997, Marlborough
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Tom Otterness
American, b. 1952
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Since the 1970s, Tom Otterness has been populating public spaces with his impish human and animal sculptures, through which he gently lampoons American society. Disarmingly cute and cartoonish, and underpinned by art history, popular culture, and a democratic vision, his characters mock societal groups. “The artwork itself has five character types: blue collar workers, white collar workers, cops, […] radicals, […] and […] rich people,” he says. “And I take those five classes and […] make scenarios out of them.” Otterness uses the “lost wax” process to cast his bronze figures, which range from monumental to palm-sized. He explores class, money, race, and sex in his works, putting these fraught topics into the public sphere to spark conversation.

Tom Otterness

Family Portrait, 1997

Etching
26 3/4 × 19 3/4 in
67.9 × 50.2 cm
Edition of 15
.
$1,000 - 2,500
Location
New York, London
Have a question? Visit our help center.
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