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David Gilhooly, Persistence of Pizza, 1983

Artist: David Gilhooly (1943 - )
Title:Persistence of Pizza, 1983
Medium:Glazed ceramic and wood
Image:36 1/4 in x 23 3/4 in x 14 1/2 in (92.1 cm x 60.3 cm x 36.8 cm)
Edition:This is a unique and original work.
Signature:This work is hand signed and dated by David James Gilhooly (Auburn, 1943 - Newport, 2013) “Gilhooly 83” on the underside of the ceramic and titled and dated ‘1983 The Persistence of Pizza’” on the underside of the wood.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #6730
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Historical Description

David James Gilhooly Persistence of Pizza, 1983 offers a playful, food-inspired interpretation of Salvador Dalí’s The Persistence of Memory, 1931. Drawing upon the melting clock faces in Dalí’s painting, this work features a sculptural representation of a pizza hanging limply from a wooden table. The wooden table must be affixed to a wall for support because it only has a single, off-center leg. This inherent instability in the base of the work adds an element of absurdity and whimsy that draws upon the essence of Dalí’s work. The sculptural part of David James Gilhooly Persistence of Pizza, 1983 has fluted edges that contain a ring of bright red and a yellow mass with a blotchy conglomeration of circles and other loosely defined shapes. Together these features create a stylized sculpture of a pizza, as the red evokes tomato sauce and the yellow mass looks like cheese layered with various toppings. Known for his wacky food sculptures, David James Gilhooly creates charming works that walk the line between realistic and humorously artificial, and Persistence of Pizza, 1983 exemplifies that same dynamic while cleverly incorporating a famous art historical reference.

Created in 1983, David James Gilhooly Persistence of Pizza, 1983 is a glazed ceramic and wood sculpture. This work is hand signed and dated by David James Gilhooly (Auburn, 1943 - Newport, 2013) “Gilhooly 83” on the underside of the ceramic and titled and dated ‘1983 The Persistence of Pizza’” on the underside of the wood.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
David James Gilhooly Persistence of Pizza, 1983 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the sale of the work).

1. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

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