Sunday, February 12, 2012

Busy at the gym


A colored pencil drawing from California that appears to date to the 1920s showing all sorts of gym activity. Men hang from rings, tumblers tumble, weightlifters admire their muscles, others do handstands and form human pyramids -- all under the gaze of onlookers in the balcony. The two light fixtures in the middle are saucer-like containers suspended from the ceiling and ablaze with fire. The drawing, 17 inches by 12 inches, reminds me of the work of outsider artist Eddie Arning.

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