Marisol, born 1930
One of the foremost artists in postwar America, Marisol was born Maria Sol Escobar to Venezuelan parents and studied art in New York City in the early 1950s. By the early 1960s, she had become part of the contemporary art scene, achieving critical success with sculptures that drew upon traditions ranging from pre-Columbian to American folk art, as well as surrealism reinterpreted in a decidely pop-art style. Her techniques and materials were equally eclectic, including carved wood and stone, plaster and metal casts, neon lights, and assembled found objects such as Coca-Cola bottles and televisions. Infusing her work with her own fondness for satiric whimsy, her individual and group figures offered commentaries on contemporary life. Among her most notable portraits are her droll, toylike renderings of public figures, including Lyndon Johnson and Hugh Hefner.
Marisol's sculptures first inspired Judith Shea when she was a student in the 1960s. This portrait is part of Shea's recent series honoring women artists.
Judith Shea, 2013
Lent by the Paul and Rose Carter Foundation