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Bed Pan

Bed Pan

Artist: Robert Heinecken (American, 1931 - 2006)
Date: circa 2002
Medium: Stainless steel [2 component pieces]
Dimensions:
12 1/4 x 9 x 4 in. (31.1 x 22.9 x 10.2 cm)
Classification: Sculpture
Credit Line: Gift of Joyce Neimanas, 2012
Keywords and Associated Locations:
Object number: 2012.25.1
Description
Perhaps it is no surprise that an artist known for his humor and inventiveness would make a sculpture using two stainless-steel hospital pans. The piece owes a debt to the early twentieth-century conceptual artist Marcel Duchamp, who famously declared that commercially made objects such as a snow shovel and a urinal as art. Made during the last few years of Heinecken’s life, this construction was most likely created in response to the shiny, sensuous (and even sexual) forms of these utilitarian objects, but it is also perhaps a commentary on illness.
Not on view