Gin Song

Whitfield Lovell

Gin Song

Artist:

Whitfield Lovell (b. 1959)

Date:

2004

Medium:

Charcoal on wood, found objects

Dimensions:

77 1/4 x 45 3/16 x 13 in. (196.215 x 114.77625 x 33.02 cm.)

Accession #:

2005.4

Credit Line:

Mary W. F. Howe Fund

Copyright:

© Whitfield Lovell and DC Moore Gallery, New York

"Gin Song" is a charcoal drawing of an African-American woman wearing a long-sleeved, full length dress sitting in a wooden chair that is drawn freehand directly on an old wooden panel that is distressed and aged. The artist has added several found objects to the tableau, including a saxophone, and various sized teacups, some of which are attached to the wood, while other cups occupy a space on the floor in front of the panel. The drawing image is taken from an anonymous early 20th-century photograph, and the work clearly references jazz music and the Blues.