Guyton’s art is based in the modernist tradition of the found object, in which an object is disengaged from its normal use and set into a new context by the artist. “Caged Brain,” a battered bird cage and dusty length of rope, combines two discarded ordinary objects into a work rich with surreal associations and ideas about the oppression of the urban experience. Guyton is best known for his major work, the “Heidelberg Project,” a several block “art environment” on Detroit’s east side.
Artist Tyree Guyton, American, born 1955
  • Caged Brain
Date 1990
Medium mixed media
Dimensions Overall: 16 × 14 × 10 1/2 inches (40.6 × 35.6 × 26.7 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, Twentieth Century Painting and Sculpture Fund and Dr. and Mrs. George Kamperman Fund
Accession Number 1991.177
Department African American Art
On View African American N291, Level 2 (see map)
Signed Signed, at base: Tyree Guyton 1990
Inscriptions Signed and dated in black ink at base: Tyree Guyton 1990
1991-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)