Icarus Falling Magnet

Icarus Falling Magnet

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100% PVC

3" x 2"

Referential Artwork

Image courtesy of Hank Willis Thomas and Portland Art Museum
The Fall of Icarus (La chute d'Icare), 2017
Mixed media including sport jerseys
96 x 72 inches (approximate)

Design first presented here:
Private commission in 2017, first presented at "All Things Being Equal.." survey show at the Portland Art Museum 2019

Artist Statement
"This quilt originates with Henri Matisse’s The Fall of Icarus from 1943. For his work, Matisse cut out large pieces of solid color paper, arranging them to create an image of Icarus, a figure from Greek mythology. Icarus longed to fly and fashioned wings that were held together with wax. Disregarding his father’s warning, Icarus flew too close to the sun, which melted his wings, and he plummeted to earth. Thomas’s version uses jerseys of NBA superstars from teams in New York, Miami, Chicago, and Los Angeles. These places symbolize American cities plagued by gun violence. The youthful figure’s heart explodes in its chest."
—Sara Krajewski, co-curator of the exhibition and The Eichholz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art; Portland Art Museum