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Candy Suckers, December 15, 1967

Wayne Thiebaud

American, 1920-
Lithograph on Rives BFK paper
sheet: 16 x 22 in. (40.6 x 55.9 cm); image: 8 x 14-1/4 in. (20.3 x 36.2 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of the Artist, 1968
Art © Wayne Thiebaud/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Not on view

“If you take the notion of mass production, the thing that interests me about it is if you paint with or without mechanical aids of any kind, you can only make your image superficially like the original. The concept of close discriminations combined with the notion of how much alike yet how different an image can be is a fascinating proposal.”—Thiebaud, 1968

Rather than painting one-of-a-kind pieces, Thiebaud deliberately chose media that allowed for mass reproduction—lithographs, woodblocks and etchings—to create a parallel between form and content. This is clearly represented in works like Candy Suckers, a lithographed image that can be pressed onto as many pieces of paper as the artist specifies, thus alluding to the assembly-line process utilized by candy manufacturers and other agents of commercialism.

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