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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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