Operation

Description (Brief):

Beatrice Wood (1883-1998) was an acclaimed artist, best known for her work as a ceramicist and her involvement in founding the Dada Movement. While working in the Los Angeles art scene during the 1930s, she was introduced to master printer Lynton Kistler, who persuaded her to take up printmaking and gifted her a set of materials to learn lithography. This is a trial proof of her print "Operation" which she created in 1932.

Description (Brief)

"Operation" is believed to represent the artist's personal traumatic experience receiving a hysterectomy. While sharing an intimate and traumatic moment, Wood also adds a layer of satire by drawing the nurses as rudimentary stick figures. Her childlike line figures were associated with the practices of Dadaism. The Dada movement rejected conventional aesthetics and encouraged playful and nonsensical art.

Date Made: Los Angeles, CADate Made: 1932

Printer: Kistler, Lynton R.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: California, Los AngelesAssociated Place: Mexico: Chiapas, Los Angeles

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Credit Line: Kistler Collection

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1978.0650.0960Accession Number: 1978.0650Catalog Number: 1978.0650.0960

Object Name: PrintOther Terms: Print; Lithograph

Physical Description: paper (overall material)ink (overall material)Measurements: image: 14.5 cm x 37 cm; 5 11/16 in x 14 9/16 insheet: 32 cm x 48.4 cm; 12 5/8 in x 19 1/16 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ac-2732-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_800107

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