“Most artists try to be original, I try to be familiar,” stated Tony Tasset (b. 1960). Tasset has focused many of his recent endeavors on public art with subject matter based primarily in American vernacular visual culture. For his sculpture Deer (2015), Tasset has taken the common white-tailed deer and blown it into what can only be considered monstrous proportions. Hunted to near extinction in much of the United States, the white-tailed deer has made a spectacular comeback, much to the annoyance of both farmers and suburban gardeners. Deer will occupy a site in the Museum’s Sculpture Garden.
Organized by Richard Klein, Exhibitions Director, and Amy Smith-Stewart, Senior Curator, at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum.
Generous support for The Aldrich Sculpture Garden is provided by The Leir Foundation and the Anne S. Richardson Fund.
Top image: Tony Tasset, Deer, 2015, Collection of Gregg Rechler and Mitchell Rechler, Courtesy of the artist and Kavi Gupta, Chicago , Photo: Christopher E. Manning