The art of assemblage, preceding pop art, was the aesthetic propellant for Marisol. She explained her two-dimensional approach to sculpture by conceding that she was untrained and a bad carver. She compensated by adopting a method that included odd pieces of cast-off carpentry, stick-on parts, face masks, cast body parts, and common objects of all kinds.
Fittingly, the artist chose as her subject Henry Geldzahler, the hip curator and critic who chronicled and sometimes participated in Happenings, pop art's theatrical sideshow. On two joined columns, the artist drew and painted differently posed versions of his head and striped-shirt-tie-and-pants­clad body.
Artist Marisol (Marisol Escobar), Venezuelan and American, born France, 1930-2016
  • Double Portrait of Henry Geldzahler
Date 1967
Medium Carved and painted wood
Dimensions Overall: 65 5/8 × 31 1/4 × 16 1/2 inches (166.7 × 79.4 × 41.9 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Mr. and Mrs. S. Brooks Barron
Accession Number 1993.71
Department Contemporary Art after 1950
Not On View
collection of S. Brooks Barron;
1993-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Colby, Joy Hakanson. "DIA's 'double portrait' ranks as a singular gain." The Detroit News, September 9, 1994, 4D.