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Dogo the Kidnapper

Dogo the Kidnapper

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Twins Seven-Seven

Dogo the Kidnapper is an early work by Twins Seven-Seven, the father of Yorùbá modernism. The artist began making art in 1964 at the Mbari Mbayo workshops organized by Ulli and Georgina Beier, from which the so-called Òsògbó School emerged. Seven-Seven created the image in low relief by carving holes in the plywood board and attaching it to a second board. By doing so, he acknowledged the sculpture of his Yorùbá ancestors and rejected the flatness of European painting. Some of the patterns in Seven-Seven's work derive from Nigerian textile traditions of indigo resist-dyed adire and popular screen-printed fabrics. The subject is a self-portrait in the guise of a mythical Pied Piper who charms throngs of followers by playing a long, curved wind instrument.
Twins Seven-Seven
(Nigerian, Yoruba, 1944 - 2011)
Dogo the Kidnapper
Pen and black India ink, pastel, colored pencil, oil, and water-based paint on plywood board glued to second plywood board
84 x 24 1/2 in. overall
J. David and Laura Seefried Horsfall Endowment Fund purchase in honor of Dr. Henry Drewal’s service to the University and the Museum
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Fall 1970, United States Information Service Gallery (Lagos Island, Nigeria) sold to Victoria J. Scott; 2019, Victoria J. Scott/Black Art Studio (Santa Fe, NM) sold to Chazen Museum of Art

  • Paintings of Twins Seven-Seven [Fall 1970], The: United States Information Service (USIS) Gallery (Lagos Island, Nigeria)

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