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American, born 1936
Painted steel, 107 x 38 x 48 in.
On loan from the artist
A series of simple, interlocking V-shapes, Chicota marks an important transition in the recent work of Texas artist Mac Whitney. For much of his career, the artist has been bending, welding, and bolting pieces of steel into lyrical, abstract shapes. Here, he combines the interlocking V-shapes of earlier sculptures with a loop or closed ribbon of steel. The loop is literally the unifying link between the opposed and corresponding upper and lower V sections. Like many of Whitney’s recent sculptures, Chicota was named for a small town he found on the map of the United States.