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Tom Otterness

Free Money, 1999

Cast and lacquered plaster
12 1/2 in
31.8 cm
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Dimensions: 12.5 h × 9.75 dia in (32 × 25 cm)

Cast signature and date to edge of base ‘Tom …

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Dimensions: 12.5 h × 9.75 dia in (32 × 25 cm)

Cast signature and date to edge of base ‘Tom Otterness 1999’. Cast signature and date to one foot ‘T.O. 99’. Signed to edge of base ‘Tom Otterness’.

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.

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About the work
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Dimensions: 12.5 h × 9.75 dia in (32 × 25 cm)

Cast signature and date to edge of base ‘Tom …

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Dimensions: 12.5 h × 9.75 dia in (32 × 25 cm)

Cast signature and date to edge of base ‘Tom Otterness 1999’. Cast signature and date to one foot ‘T.O. 99’. Signed to edge of base ‘Tom Otterness’.

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

Free Money, 1999

Cast and lacquered plaster
12 1/2 in
31.8 cm
Bidding closed
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