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Cliff

H. C. Westermann’s often whimsical mixed-media sculpture was influenced by folk art, popular culture, politics, and his own life. Cliff, a diorama of a western scene enclosed in a glass case, shows a lone cowboy peering over the edge of a cliff. This small enclosed world is illusionistic, but the stagey tableau has references to theatre and western movies. An autobiographical reference is coded into the title of the piece: Cliff was the artist’s nickname.

H. C. Westermann
American, 1922‒1981
Cliff
1970
Mixed media
37 3/8 x 16 3/8 x 16 3/8 in. (94.9 x 41.6 x 41.6 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 70.79

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