Negate (1978) by Daniel Douke (b. 1943)

Acrylic on panel

Donated by the Thea Westreich Collection [1991.012.005]

Negate

This is artwork–not just a box! It is also one of the most “contentious” pieces in the MCMA Permanent Collection…

Daniel Douke specializes in illusory painting-sculptures that appear to be actual objects. The paper, tape, and scuffs on the box are actually painted. The artist is not solely concerned with trompe l’oeil though, but more so on how he can make viewers “broaden and elevate the perceptual sense.” The artist explores the importance of disposable objects by meticulously replicating mundane items. In doing so, Douke is also challenging mainstream ideals of what can be considered art.