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Daniel Arthur Allen

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Sunny Ducks

5 3/16 x 3 7/16 in. (13.1 x 8.8 cm)

Daniel Arthur Allen
American (1946 - 1974, Rochester, NY)

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Acrylic on board
Credit Line: Gift of William Whiting and the Arthur Allen family in memory of Daniel Allen
Accession Number: 1975.12
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Location: Not currently on view

Nearly 40 years after it entered MAG’s collection, Daniel Allen’s tiny painting was re-discovered by an intern updating records for the museum website. Its quirky sense of humor and mysterious narrative caught her eye. Intern Sarah Gerin says: “Sunny Ducks’ intrigue lies in its ambiguity. It is kind and comforting, yet still forlorn and remote. In the painting, there is no context for what interaction is taking place, where it is taking place, or even its significance. With its enigmatic imagery and striking sense of both kindness and solitude, this scene reveals a clever and playful approach to the universal themes of isolation, alienation, and human relationships.”

[Label text from It Came From the Vault exhibition, 2013]

Artist's signature, lower right: dan allen '73'

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An Early Work Late in Life: The Art and Life of Danny Allen Blog about the artist's life written by his partner.
An Early Work Late in Life: The Art and Life of Danny Allen Review of a biography of the artist in the Rochester City Newspaper, May 1, 2013.
It Came from the Vault exhibition catalogue Entry for this artwork in the It Came from the Vault exhibition catalogue. The exhibition ran from March 17-June 9, 2013. Stop numbers are out of date, but you can hear the recording by clicking Listen to Audiotours from the main page for this object.

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