Whitney Bedford

Untitled (Encontros e Despendidas)

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Untitled (Encontros e Despendidas)
Whitney Bedford
Untitled (Encontros e Despendidas)
2005
ink and oil on panel
122 x 183 cm
The ghostly apparitions of two tall vessels, pass, quite literally, like ships in the night. A burning streak of orange paint along the water line of one is the only sign of life. Atop a calm, black sea their masts and rigging appear skeletal against a streaky night sky as the boats seem almost to pass through one another. The title of a well-known bossanova folk song, Encontros e Despendidas (’meetings and goodbyes’) provides an appropriately romantic subtitle for this otherworldly composition.

     
 


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