Bockscar

2010
Matthew Day Jackson (American, born in 1974)


Dimensions

96 x 107 inches (243.8 x 271.8 cm)

Accession Number

2010.376

Medium or Technique

Burned wood and formica on wood panel

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art

Classifications

Sculpture

Bockscar was the B-29 that dropped the second atomic bomb on Japan in 1945. Jackson constructed the cockpit from charred wood and the view through the windscreen in Formica. The blackened wood evokes destruction, but Jackson says the pastel hues recall the sunsets in idealized 19th-century American landscape paintings. Formica was used for airplane propellers in World War II, and then in postwar suburban homes, where it often covered cheaper materials. Jackson calls it the “veneer that supports an illusion.”

Provenance

The artist, with Peter Blum Gallery, New York, 2010; Sold to Museum June 2010 (Accession date: June 16, 2010)

Credit Line

Robert L. Beal, Enid L. Beal and Bruce A. Beal Acquisition Fund

Copyright

Courtesy of the artist and Peter Blum Gallery, New York