Manjushri

2005–07
Doug and Mike Starn (American, born in 1961)


Dimensions

Print size: 77 x 59 inches (195.6 cm x 149.9 cm) Frame size (not glazed): 94 x 75 inches (238.8 x 190.5 cm)

Accession Number

2010.777

Medium or Technique

Unique color carbon print on Zerkall paper with 16k gold and palladium leaf water gilding

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art, Photography

Classifications

Photographs

Since the 1980s, the collaborative artists (and twins) Doug and Mike Starn have montaged photographs of iconic art subjects into intentionally fragmented, fragile exposures. To create this ethereal image of a large wooden Bodhisattva at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, they chose the delicate carbon process, developed in the mid-19th century. The layers of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black (carbon) pigments fuse together to build the image, reflecting the artists’ hope to relay an “idea of interdependence.” The Starns find inspiration in the Buddhist concept of impermanence (anitya), explaining: “Everything is made up of parts, and is dependent on the right conditions for its existence. Everything is in constant flux.”

Provenance

Sold by the artists to Alan and Lorraine Bressler; 2010, gift of Alan and Lorraine Bressler to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 15, 2010)

Credit Line

Gift of Alan and Lorraine Bressler

Copyright

© 2011 Mike & Doug Starn / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York