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Double Portrait of Henry Geldzahler, 1967

  • Marisol (Marisol Escobar), Venezuelan and American, born France, 1930-2016

Carved and painted wood

  • Overall: 65 5/8 × 31 1/4 × 16 1/2 inches (166.7 × 79.4 × 41.9 cm)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. S. Brooks Barron


The art of assemblage, preceding pop art, was the aesthetic propellant for Marisol. She explained her two-dimensional approach to sculpture by conceding that she was untrained and a bad carver. She compensated by adopting a method that included odd pieces of cast-off carpentry, stick-on parts, face masks, cast body parts, and common objects of all kinds. Fittingly, the artist chose as her subject Henry Geldzahler, the hip curator and critic who chronicled and sometimes participated in Happenings, pop art's theatrical sideshow. On two joined columns, the artist drew and painted differently posed versions of his head and striped-shirt-tie-and-pants­clad body.

collection of S. Brooks Barron

1993-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Colby, Joy Hakanson. "DIA's 'double portrait' ranks as a singular gain." The Detroit News, September 9, 1994, 4D. Beck, Jessica. Marisol and Warhol Take New York. Exh. cat., The Andy Warhol Museum. Pittsburgh, 2021, pp. 86-87, (ill.), p. 131.

Marisol (Marisol Escobar), Double Portrait of Henry Geldzahler, 1967, carved and painted wood. Detroit Institute of Arts, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. S. Brooks Barron, 1993.71.