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  • December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM
    December 31, 1969
    7:00 PM
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Day 23: Gary Simmons

Gary Simmons is best known for his eerie “erasure” drawings. He illustrates figures and iconic objects with white chalk and then smears them. This technique gives them a haunting, sometimes nightmarish allure as he addresses themes surrounding race, class, and personal history.

Watch this video (by Whitney Focus, Whitney Museum of American Art) and hear Gary Simmons explain the “ghost concept” as it relates to his 1994 work Step into the Arena (The Essentialist Trap).


30 Americans is organized by the Rubell Family Collection, Miami. The presenting sponsor at the Corcoran Gallery of Art is Altria Group.

Additional support has been provided by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.



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