In Case You Ever Lose Your Shirt
- Ira Blount
- ink and pencil on paper
- Frame: 10 1/16 × 12 1/4 × 1 in. (25.6 × 31.1 × 2.5 cm)
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- Gift of Ira Blount
- Here, artist Ira Blount showcases his origami and calligraphy skills, as well as his sense of humor. Text on the left reads “In case you ever lose your shirt…” inscribed in green ink. On the right, Blount transforms a dollar bill into a collared short sleeved shirt. Blount works with the design of the dollar to create a white collar, and the Seal of the United States is prominently displayed on the chest. The piece illustrates how everyday objects can be converted into works of art, embodying the artist's humor and philosophy of resourcefulness.
- After moving to Washington, DC following World War II, Ira Blount mastered dozens of artisanal crafts. His love for crafting, learning, and community engagement would endure over the course of his long life and career.
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- greeting card
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