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Night Wing: Metropolitan Area Composite II (work of art)

Artwork Info

Artist Details
American
1934-
Medium
Painting
Created
1993
Dimensions
80 5/8 x 56 3/4 in.
(204.8 x 144.1 cm)

About

When traveling by air, Yvonne Jacquette prefers a window seat. She uses this vantage point to make sketches of aerial views, which form the bases of her paintings. For this work, the artist made a composite image, incorporating shifts in scale and other slight dislocations, from numerous studies of the New York-Newark metropolitan area. The eye follows the wing into the deeper, dreamier space below, allowing the viewer to experience the mesmerizing, disorienting view air travelers have. This elevated perspective poetically demonstrates how distance can order and purify a city’s material decay and social ills.

tags: perspective, map, movement, observation, technology, light, airplane, flight

Images

  • Yvonne Jacquette Night Wing: Metropolitan Area Composite II 1993

    Night Wing: Metropolitan Area Composite II by Yvonne Jacquette

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Credit

Purchased with funds from the North Carolina State Art Society (Robert F. Phifer Bequest)