plaster, sand, pigment, gelatin silver prints and color print
17 1/2 x 9 1/2 x 6 in. Plaster bust
In Beethoven, Raul Guerrero uses photography and sculpture to examine the role context plays in our understanding of objects. To that end, Guerrero has painted a bust of the stern looking, 18th-century composer Ludwig van Beethoven bright orange and placed it on a blue pedestal. This colorful combination gives the sculpture a playful appearance, linking it with pop art rather than traditional portraiture. The black-and-white pinhole camera photographs, which are also part of Beethoven, obscure our interpretation of the image and make for a ghostly, abstracted depiction of the composer. By contrast, the color photograph is a crisp, clear rendering, done in a straightforward manner, which gives the sculpture an air of studied seriousness.
United States, b. 1945
Gift of Morgan Thomas
GUERRERO, Raul and United States, b. 1945, “GUERRERO, Raul,” UCSB ADA Museum Omeka, accessed October 7, 2022, http://art-collections.museum.ucsb.edu/items/show/7569.