Judy Rifka

(1945 - )



Marker on paper

26 x 19 3/4 in. (66.0 x 50.3 cm)

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Gift of The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States, a joint initiative of the Trustees of the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection and the National Gallery of Art, with generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts an


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In this seemingly simplistic drawing, Judy Rifka makes reference to numerous art historical movements. Rifka’s magic marker rendering of the Parthenon—the quintessential example of classical architecture—suggests the deadpan, oversimplified way that pop artists depict recognizable imagery. The artist’s loose, hurried marks give it an expressionistic feel, but the pink colors and sun hanging in the sky render it an impressionistic view of sunset on the Acropolis. Meanwhile, Rifka sets the scene floating on a generous white backdrop, entreating us to consider the empty space around the image.


signed and dated in graphite at bottom of sheet