Collection 1940s–1970s

Michelangelo Pistoletto. Man with Yellow Pants. 1964 462

Paper, oil, and pencil on polished stainless steel, 6' 6 7/8" x 39 3/8" (200.3 x 100 cm). Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund. © 2020 Michelangelo Pistoletto

Director, Glenn Lowry: In 1963, Michelangelo Pistoletto began making a series of works in which he transferred life-sized images onto sheets of polished stainless steel using oil paint and crayon. The figure of the man seen here is Italian gallery owner Gian Enzo Sperone. Curator, Anne Umland.

Curator, Anne Umland: Man with Yellow Pants offers this very open-ended invitation to the viewer, to become part of the picture. All you have to do is stand in front of it, and there you are, reflected in this highly polished surface. And, of course, as you begin to look at yourself and look at the man in the yellow pants, you probably notice that also in the picture is anyone who happens to be with you, and whatever is around you, and behind you in the room. The appearance of this picture is constantly open and subject to change.

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