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Maker(s):Van Hoesen, Beth
Culture:American (1926-2010)
Date Made:1990
Materials:aquatint, hardground etching, and drypoint with electric engraving, burnishing and roulette on medium, slightly textured, cream BFK Rives paper
Measurements:Sheet: 18 in x 14 7/8 in; 45.7 cm x 37.8 cm; Plate: 8 1/2 in x 10 15/16 in; 21.6 cm x 27.8 cm; Image: 10 11/16 in x 8 5/16 in; 27.1 cm x 21.1 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2012.318
Credit Line:Gift of E. Mark Adams and Beth Van Hoesen Adams Trust
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

portrait; profile; punk; piercings; spider; skull

Label Text:
Steve and Traci (AC 2012.317) are the only two compositions that Beth Van Hoesen realized as prints from her series of drawings “Punks.” Van Hoesen executed these drawings in the 1980s and early ‘90s, finding her subjects in the Castro District of San Francisco, where she lived in a former firehouse.

Fellow artist Joseph Goldyne, who interviewed Van Hoesen in 2009, asserts that “Punks” represents some of her finest work. Better-known for her animal and flower subjects, Van Hoesen approached all her subjects with the same attention to differentiating details. Goldyne suggests that her interest in punks and animals was analogous: “She was fascinated by the same panoply of color in these kids as she was in the orchestrations of color she found in roosters or vultures or parrots. She seemed to love to draw things that were, in and of themselves, composed already”—like Traci with her geisha-esque makeup and hot-pink hair and Steve with his sculpted hair and prominent tattoo.

MD, 2013

men; teenagers; hairstyles

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