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Artist Name:

Ferdinand Cooper

Nationality & Life Dates:

American, born ca. 1911


Untitled (Cabinet)




Carved wood, cut metal, wire, plastic


23 x 13 1/2 x 15 inches

Credit Line:

Purchase through prior acquisitions from the Members Guild, Charles Loridans, and Folk Art Acquisition Fund

Accession Number:

2000.13 a-ff

Currently Not on View
Returning from World War II with psychological trauma, Ferdinand Cooper retired to a tiny shack he built on the property where he was raised in Sanford, Florida. He covered his environment inside and out with charm-like objects and forms. The surface of this cabinet is an assemblage of wood and tin cutouts on which images of clocks, an eye, animals, crosses, a keyhole, letters, numbers, eyeglasses, and money are visible. The interior is filled, as if it were a medicine cabinet, with a carved shaving brush, toothbrushes, dentures—and a gun.

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