Michael Duffy on Noah Purifoy’s Unknown

A MoMA conservator considers the missing pieces of Purifoy’s assemblage, and its relation to Pop art.
May 7, 2021

In the online edition of MoMA’s ArtSpeaks program, a member of our staff shares personal impressions of an artwork in the galleries. Here, paintings conservator Michael Duffy looks closely at the poker chips, backgammon pieces, and fabric swatches of Noah Purifoy’s 1967 assemblage Unknown, and wonders about what pieces might be missing.

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