Leo Valledor
Skeedo, 1965

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Skeedo
Artist name
Leo Valledor
Date created
1965
Classification
painting
Medium
acrylic on canvas
Dimensions
60 x 128 in. (152.4 x 325.12 cm)
Date Acquired
2015
Credit
Collection SFMOMA
Accessions Committee Fund and purchase, by exchange, through fractional gifts of Elaine McKeon and Shirley Ross Davis and, by exchange, through a gift of Forrest Engelhart
Copyright
© Estate of Leo Valledor
Permanent URL
https://www.sfmoma.org/artwork/2015.401
Artwork Status
Not on view at this time.

To create this sculpture Hutchins repurposed a couch from her childhood living room and covered it with New York Times articles about Barack Obama, written one year into his first term as President of the United States. The lumpy, flesh-colored ceramics allude to the bodies that once sat on the upholstered cushions. The title connects the temporal nature of news stories, which become outdated as quickly as they are printed, with the optimistic pride that many Americans felt at the time. By combining a common piece of home furniture with world news, the artist captures the way that global events pervade and shape our daily realities.

Gallery text, 2020

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