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Tar Baby vs. St. Sebastian (work of art)

Artwork Info

Created
1999
Nationality
American
Birth/Death
1963-2001
Dimensions
84 inches tall (213.36 cm)

Credit

On loan from the estate of the artist

Culture
American

About

For most of his career, Michael Richards devoted his work to sculptures and installations that paid tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African American Air Force pilots during World War II, whose heroism and bravery were truly recognized only long after the war ended.

Tar Baby vs. St. Sebastian, cast from the artist’s body, is a gilded, glowing figure of an airmen wearing his helmet and uniform, mounted on a pole in a pose of supplication, his eyes gazing at something beyond his viewer, his body pierced with numerous small airplanes. The title of the work refers to both a Southern folktale of entrapment and a soldier who became a saint after he refused to deny his faith and was shot with arrows. Learn more about the artist and this work through Oolite Arts.

Images

  • A bronze sculpture....

    Tar Baby vs. St. Sebastian

    Description

  • A bronze sculpture....

    RICHARDS, Tar Baby vs St. Sebastian, 1_2004, view B_detail

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    DI24944-216

  • A bronze sculpture....

    Fulton Hayes (black printed shirt) is the docent.

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    DI25046-60

  • A bronze sculpture....

    RICHARDS, Tar Baby vs St. Sebastian, 1_2004

    Description

  • A bronze sculpture....

    SL23321-50