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Untitled (Cabinet)

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Untitled (Cabinet)

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Ferdinand Cooper
American, 1911–2008

Date

1940s–1990s

Medium

Carved wood, cut metal, wire, and plastic

Accession #

2000.13 a-ff

Dimensions

23 x 13 1/2 x 15 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

After returning from service in World War II, Florida artist Ferdinand Cooper built himself a tiny house, approximately seven by ten feet, in his parents’ back yard. He hand-carved and assembled both the house and the approximations of household items with which he filled it, such as this medicine cabinet.

Inside the cabinet are nonfunctional wooden versions of a shaving brush, toothbrushes, and dentures. Cooper decorated the cabinet’s surface with cut-outs that include clocks, an eye, animals, crosses, letters, numbers, and money. Similar replicas covered all surfaces of his house, which has been preserved in its entirety here in Atlanta in the Sue and John Wieland Collection.

Credit

Purchase through prior acquisitions from the Members Guild, Charles Loridans, and Folk Art Acquisition Fund

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