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Park City Grill
John Currin
overall 38-1/16 × 30 × 1-7/16 inches
oil on canvas
Not on view

Object Details

Paintings (Paintings)
Accession Number
in black ink reverse TR “John Currin 2000”
Physical Description
An image of a woman with an elongated neck and a man drinking wine in a restaurant.
Credit Line
Justin Smith Purchase Fund, 2000

curriculum resource John Currin, Park City Grill (2000) Walker Art Center, 2002

John Currin’s strangely disquieting paintings are depictions of contemporary people, rendered in a style characterized by distortion and elongation that is evocative of the painters of northern Renaissance, early Mannerism, and 20th-century modernism, including Grünewald, Parmigianino, and Picasso. However, the artist turns occasionally to advertising, fashion magazine spreads, kitsch portraiture found in thrift stores, and soft-porn magazines for inspiration. He has also used his own facial features and those of his wife, sculptor Rachel Feinstein, in his portraits. Park City Grill is provocative yet ambiguous, ironic yet dangerously inviting. The artist argues that the best art is ultimately beyond psychology and interpretation. Currin has spoken of visual clichés as a form of recurring truth, and considers that aspect of his work to be an end in itself.

Text for John Currin, Park City Grill (2000), from the curriculum guide So, Why Is This Art?, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 2002.

Copyright 2002 Walker Art Center