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George Deem (1932 - 2008)
oil on linen; signed, titled and dated '1962' on the reverse
Canvas: 32 1/8 by 30 in. (81.6 by 76.2 cm.); Framed: 33 5/8 by 31 1/2 in. (85.4 by 80 cm.)
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Collection of the Artist
Acquired from the above by the present owner


New York, Allan Stone Gallery, 'Nuts & Bolts,' December 1962
Baltimore, The Rental Gallery, Baltimore Museum of Art, 1963
New York, Allan Stone Gallery, 'George Deem,' 1963
New York, Allan Stone Gallery, 'George Deem: Recent Works,' 1965
Milwaukee Art Center, 'Pop Art in the American Tradition,' March - May 1965
New York, Allan Stone Gallery, 'George Deem: Quotations,' January - February 2009


Arthur C. Danto, Charles Molesworth, George Deem, Eds., 'George Deem - 1932-2008,' New York 2009, p. 11, illustrated
David B. Dearinger, 'George Deem: The Art of Art History,' Boston 2012, p. 17, illustrated

Catalogue Note

Born in Indiana, George Deem attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, before he was drafted to the Army. During this time, he was exposed to a lot of major art works that were exhibited in many of the European cities he visited.  Deem is best known for his exploration of the History of Art, by referencing and reconfiguring Old Master works, such as that of Velazquez and Caravaggio. The artist uses modern techniques such as reproduction, repetition, and text to sharply contrast the oeuvre being referenced; historian Charles Molesworth named this process a “Temporal Collage”. Deem has exhibited in many locations, including the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Philadelphia, the San Francisco Museum of Art, and the Menil Collection, Houston.  

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