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Title
Fur Rat
Creator
Joan Brown--United States, 1938-1990
Date Created and/or Issued
1962
Publication Information
Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive
Contributing Institution
UC Berkeley, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Collection
Art Collection Highlights - Images and Ideas: The Collection in Focus at the Berkeley Art Museum, University of California
Rights Information
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Description
Like other artists of San Francisco's Beat movement, Brown's work of the late 1950s and early 1960s incorporates everyday materials assembled into new and provocative forms.
"'Eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we will die' is the attitude which was prevalent at the time," said Brown. "There was a rebellion against the slicker materials [and] a delight taken in using rattier materials. The rattier the better."
Here, Brown has covered a wooden armature with fur from an old fur coat to depict an oversized rat with a menacing tail-an image from one of her dreams.
Type
image
Format
Gift of the artist
Identifier
http://ark.cdlib.org/ark:/13030/ft9489p19f
1970.5

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