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CADY NOLAND | Untitled Xerox Cut-Out (Patty in Church)

15,000 - 25,000 USD
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  • Cady Noland
  • Untitled Xerox Cut-Out (Patty in Church)
  • photocopied cut-out stapled to paper
  • 9 1/2  by 12 in. (24.1 by 30.5 cm.)
a unique object, cut printed paper and staples, on a paper mount, framed, 1989


The Brooklyn Academy of Music Art Sale, New York, 1991


New York, Elizabeth Dee, Every Future Has a Price: 30 Years After Infotainment, October - December 2016

Catalogue Note

‘Violence used to be part of life in America and had a positive reputation.’ (“Cady Noland,” Interview with Michele Cone, Journal of Contemporary Art, vol. 3 no. 2, 1990) In February 1974, Patricia (Patty) Hearst, the 19-year-old granddaughter of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst, was kidnapped from her apartment in Berkeley by members of a left-wing revolutionary group, the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA). Two months later, Hearst publicly announced that she had joined the SLA. A photograph of her holding a semi-automatic rifle during a bank robbery in San Francisco was subsequently published on the cover of Newsweek

In the late 1980s, Cady Noland began using press photographs to explore a dark side of American culture: the transformation of criminals into celebrities through mass media and a fascination with violence. For the present work, Noland reproduced a frequently published photograph of a young Patty Hearst at church. She used photocopied paper to retain the mass-produced feel of newsprint and mimicked newspaper layout by stapling it to a backing paper.

Noland often juxtaposed this image with the Newsweek image of Hearst as a revolutionary in large silkscreens mounted to aluminum. Examples of these silkscreens exist in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.