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Look Alikes from the set of four dinner plates, "American Gothic"

Look Alikes from the set of four dinner plates, "American Gothic"


Howard Kottler

American, 1930-1989

The decorations for these dinner plates are tinged with dark humor, as Kottler co-opts the motif of the pious pioneer settlers from Grant Wood's celebrated painting American Gothic. Kottler's versions capture his ironic form of social and political commentary.
Porcelain with decal
Diam.: 10 1/4 x 1 1/8 in. (26 x 2.9cm)
Gift of the Howard Kottler Testamentary Trust
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Documents International: Reflections in the Mirror: A World of Identity, Apr. 23, 1998 - June 20, 1999.

Tacoma, Washington, Tacoma Art Museum, Look Alikes: The Decal Plates of Howard Kottler, Sept. 22, 2004 - Jan. 31, 2006.

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