The Transport of Memory
Brass, tintype photograph, glass, diamond
pince-nez: 1 1/4 x 4 1/4 in.
Pince-nez with gold frame fitted with mirrored glass lenses and tintype photographs; in case with painted lid depicting a city skyline, inscribed in LL "Jean Patrick Guilbert 2000 New York"
French émigré and Upper West Side artist Jean-Patrick Guilbert, a frequenter of New York City flea markets, was inspired by the objects he found there, which he saw as "the reflection of bygone times." Symbols incorporated in this work include the aging mirror, reflecting 19th-century spiritual life; the divided woman, symbolic of the tension between women's progress and adherence to tradition; and the view of New Jersey from Manhattan, which comments on the expansion of modern civilization.
Gift of Jean-Patrick Guilbert
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