view from low vantage point of pair of black doors with grey crash bars and three white rectangles on each door, with red, green, yellow, blue, and orange graffiti; grey tile and grey and black doors at left and right; red and white "EXIT" sign above doors with crash bars

%C2%A9 David Rathman

Exit, 2008

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Born in Montana, David Rathman has earned a national reputation for his incisive observations of American life. The subjects he explores ranges from competitive sports such as boxing and football, to gunslingers of the Old West, to themes of modern warfare. Landscapes and interior scenes also appear in his work, such as this geometric architectural study of a well-lighted institutional corridor. Though devoid of figures, human activity is implied in the presence of multiple doors and other potential egresses included in scene. By omitting most color and any eye-catching details, he encourages the viewer to observe the scene’s unusual perspective and the corridor’s repetitive geometric configurations, including the lone Exit sign.

Details
Title
Exit
Artist Life
born 1958
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2019.147.16
Provenance
The artist, Minneapolis; (Weinstein Hammons Gallery, Minneapolis, sold to Sweet); Richard M. Sweet, M.D., Santa Rosa, Calif.; given to MIA, 2019.
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view from low vantage point of pair of black doors with grey crash bars and three white rectangles on each door, with red, green, yellow, blue, and orange graffiti; grey tile and grey and black doors at left and right; red and white "EXIT" sign above doors with crash bars

© David Rathman

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