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Peter Dean

Black Astronaut

(Berlin, Germany, 1934 - 1993)

1985

Oil canvas

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Gift of Lorraine Dean and Gregory Dean

1994.19

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This work is one of a series of paintings by Dean depicting parades. “I love the total madness and confusion of a ticker-tape parade in New York City,” said Dean. “This could be any astronaut but I suppose it’s John Glenn.” Glenn’s wife rode beside him in the parade. Her need to put on a public face may be the reason for the white, clown-like mask. The title does not refer to the astronaut’s race but rather to the dark shadows that surround and engulf him.

Marks

Recto: LR: "P. Dean", Verso: Title/size/"oil"/"Peter Dean 9/85", in oil

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