Hats  (1955)

 

Picasso Hat
1955    ink and colored pencil on paper    13˝ x 12˝ inches

 
An ingratiating humorist, Dwight Ripley, who shows at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery, 24 East Sixty-seventh Street, has concentrated this time on the notion of unusual headgear. Several of the satiric works are take-offs on famous artists like Picasso and Miró, who are shown sporting their own creations.    –Dore Ashton, The New York Times, February 28, 1956, 28.
 

photo by Rudy Burckhardt
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale
Braque Hat
1955   ink and colored pencil on paper
19˝ x 12˝ inches   whereabouts unknown

 
An "amateur" in the eighteenth-century sense of the word, Ripley's recent watercolors and drawings are based on headgear unlike anything which even Hedda Hopper might devise. Most are parodies on the work of men like Miró, Manessier, etc., and they reveal a knowledge of their mannerisms which goes beyond mere humor. This is witty and often erudite punning on a facet of art which at bottom the artist must take quite seriously.    –Laverne George, Arts 30, March 1956, 62.
 

photo by Rudy Burckhardt
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale
Manessier Hat
1955   ink and colored pencil on paper
19˝ x 12˝ in   whereabouts unknown

 
Dwight Ripley in quick line drawings enhanced by tasteful color brightly parodies the styles of just about everybody in the current painting hagiology.  –Ronald Vance, Art News 55, March 1956, 55.
 

 
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