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Fear and Denial

Pepón Osorio

Contemporary Art

The proportions of this piece by the prominent installation artist Pepón Osorio are rather ambiguous: the two giant stuffed cats seem to be too large for the narrow table on which they sit. This incongruity reflects the artist’s recollections of visiting his mother’s apartment, filled with knickknacks and figurines, when he was an art student. The objects were in sharp contrast with the aesthetic values of the art world he was entering, and his conflicting feelings of repulsion and attraction assumed giant dimensions in his mind.
MEDIUM Mixed media
DATES 1997
DIMENSIONS 92 x 96 x 32 in. (233.7 x 243.8 x 81.3 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
CREDIT LINE Bequest of William K. Jacobs, Jr., by exchange
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Pepón Osorio (Puerto Rican, born 1955). Fear and Denial, 1997. Mixed media, 92 x 96 x 32 in. (233.7 x 243.8 x 81.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of William K. Jacobs, Jr., by exchange, 2003.5. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.2003.5_installation.jpg)
IMAGE installation, CUR.2003.5_installation.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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