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George Tooker , (Aug 5, 1920–March 27, 2011)

Study for "Subway"

1949
24 in. x 39 3/8 in. (60.96 cm x 100.01 cm)

Medium and Support: Graphite on paper
Credit Line: Gift of the artist (PA 1938) in memory of his parents, George Clair and Angela Montejo Roura Tooker
Accession Number: 1996.80.130
Current Location: On view : 106 : Directors office

Commentary

Tooker was part of an artistic circle that included George Platt Lynes, Paul Cadmus, Jared French, Christopher Isherwood, W.H. Auden, and Lincoln Kirstein. Best known as a painter who worked in the painstaking medium of egg tempera, he was a Phillips Academy alumnus from the class of 1936. In 1996, he donated his lifetime production of preparatory drawings to the Addison. Tooker never painted the male nude and said his work was “only implicitly homosexual, not outwardly so.” Very often, as in the drawing for Subway, which would become his best known painting, figures are compositionally placed in boxes or in other spaces that visually isolate them from each other, even though they are in crowds. Tooker said this suggests the vice of prejudice, which has the effect of separating people from each other. His use of closet-like spaces also arose from his abhorrence of conformity, especially during the Red Scare of the 1950s, a period when Communist spying and homosexuality were often linked in the public’s mind.

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