Dec. 23 Art Minute: Marisol, ‘The Party’

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The Party by Marisol

Marisol (Escobar) (American, born France, 1930–2016), The Party. Assemblage with 15 figures and 3 wall panels with painted and carved wood, mirrors, plastic, television set, clothes, shoes, glasses, and other accessories, 1965–66. Museum Purchase Fund, by exchange, 2005.42A. Wolfe Gallery

Long before The Party, Marisol’s largest group assemblage, came to the Museum, it traveled to the Venice Biennale in 1968 as a representative of Venezuela (Marisol was born in Paris to Venezuelan parents). As someone who always felt uncomfortable in the 1960s social scene, Marisol chose to display the figures in a setting where none of them interact with each other, many appearing entirely self-absorbed. By seeing these figures up close, you will also notice that each one shares similar facial features; Marisol often used herself as a model.

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