sculpture in the form of an abstracted woman holding a baby on her lap; made of various types of black ladies' and girls' shoes; topmost shoe has white and gold flowers on upper

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Anne Klein with a Baby in Transit, 2009

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Influenced by African sculpture, Willie Cole constructed this piece of mother and child from a stockpile of discarded high-heeled shoes. Ann Klein with a Baby in Transit takes its name from the American fashion designer's label that appears inside two of the shoes. Cole has created similarly ironic artworks out of other used consumer objects, ranging from lawn jockeys and bicycle parts to salvaged irons and blow dryers. The rich, black color and well-worn surfaces of the footwear evoke the beautiful patina of many traditional African sculptures. When reassembled by Cole, these contemporary cast-offs become potent objects that appear to issue from another time and place.

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Title
Anne Klein with a Baby in Transit
Artist Life
born 1955
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2009.57
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sculpture in the form of an abstracted woman holding a baby on her lap; made of various types of black ladies' and girls' shoes; topmost shoe has white and gold flowers on upper

© Willie Cole