Image: Black Astronaut
(Berlin, Germany, 1934 - 1993, New York, New York)

Black Astronaut , 1985

Oil on canvas
84 in. x 64 in. (213.36 cm x 162.56 cm)
Gift of Lorraine Dean and Gregory Dean
1994.19
surface detail
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.

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