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Jimmie Durham, b.1940

A Map of the Sky, Including Betelguese and a Pecan1993

Jimmie Durham participated in IMMA’s Artists’ Residency Programme and his ‘Map of the Sky…’ was created during that period and later shown in ‘From Beyond the Pale’, a series of exhibitions that explored the relationships between hitherto marginal centres of visual art culture and its economic centre.
The use of found objects, such as the crab and pecan nut in this picture, alludes to the classical Western philosophical and cultural divisions between the mind and the body, and between the sensual and the intellectual – divides which Durham refutes by combining artefacts from the ‘real’ world with the painted one.

MediumOil on canvas mounted on board with additions (crab shell and pecan nut)
Dimensions91.5 x 92 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 1994
Item NumberIMMA.445
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Jimmie Durham, A Map of the Sky, Including Betelguese and a Pecan, 1993, Oil on canvas mounted on board with additions (crab shell and pecan nut), 91.5 x 92 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 1994

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About the Artist

Jimmie Durham b.1940

Cherokee artist Jimmie Durham is a sculptor, writer and poet. Durham studied at L'École des Beaux-Arts, Geneva. He returned to the US in 1973 to become a full-time organizer in the American Indian Movement (AIM). During this time he also served as director of the International Indian Treaty Council and representative to the United Nations. For Durham, art and its institutions are inseparable from political life. The use of found objects in his work alludes to the classical Western philosophical divisions between mind and body. Durham participated in Artists’ Residency Programme at IMMA in 1993. — View Artist »