Marisols Martha Graham

  • Marisol’s “Portrait of Martha Graham” (Courtesy Sotheby’s)

Crystal Bridges’ latest revelation is about wood pieces it’s acquired: “Room,” an installation piece by Alison Elizabeth Taylor in which she’s created trompe l’oeil marquetry walls in an 8 by 10 space (see two of the walls below), and “Portrait of Martha Graham” by 1960s pop/folk artist Marisol (Escobar). See the full release on the jump.


I’m not crazy about marquetry myself, but Taylor’s piecing together of hundreds of pieces of wood to create a trompe l’oeil scene of, for example, the workshop below looks pretty swell. Marisol’s “Martha Graham” is right up my alley.

The CB news release says “Room” is the first piece by the artist to be acquired by a public museum. The last record of sale for the Marisol piece I can find is from a Christie’s auction in 2004, for $101,575.


Taylors Room

  • Taylor’s “Room” (Courtesy the artist and James Cohan Gallery)