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Telephone Cabinet

American
1993
Silas Kopf (American)


Dimensions

84 x 29 x 20"

Accession Number

2011.2135

Medium or Technique

Maple, zebrawood, various woods in marquetry

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art

Classifications

Furniture

Self-portrait of the artist in a telephone booth


Kopf has often looked to self portraiture as subject matter for his work in marquetry, a technique that calls for the use of small pieces of wood to create an image—here, a rather realistic one. Telephone Cabinet, Kopf’s second exploration into the theme, uses simple cabinetry techniques to create a surface that envisions the artist in conversation within a public telephone booth, fingers bent and removing change from the coin return.

Provenance

2006, sold by the artist to Carolyn and Robert Springborn, C.A.; 2011, year-end gift of Carolyn and Robert Springborn to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 25, 2012)

Credit Line

Gift of Carolyn J. and Robert C. Springborn