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    About This Piece

    56.5"w x 78"h

    Oil on canvas.

    Living with this piece

    Represents to me that the biggest ideas rise up from the darkest muck, but ultimate determination is required to prise them loose.

    Wesley W.

    About the Artist: Samuel Messer

    Samuel Messer received a B.F.A. from Cooper Union in 1976 and an M.F.A. from Yale University in 1982. Public collections: Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Art Institute of Chicago, and Yale University Art Gallery.

    Awards: Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation grant in 1984, the Engelhard Award in 1985, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant in 1993, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1996. He was appointed senior critic at Yale in 1994 and in 2005 was appointed associate dean and professor (adjunct).

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