History And Context


Christenberry’s Southern Monument

Christenberry described Southern Monument XI, as “a cube form with a sphere in the top and it is surrounded by a field of real Alabama red soil. It is an attempt on my part to evoke a feeling of a monument, albeit a somewhat abstract one that one might find in the landscape. The red soil is brought back from Alabama, my native state, and I obtain it from the landscape from one of my relative’s farms- and obviously there’s plenty of it there. Then I make a window-screen sifter here in Washington and sift the pine needles and pebbles and whatever out, and get it almost down to the scale of brown sugar, and then place that very carefully around the piece. So I hope the viewer would sense even more so the landscape with the red earth and the objects sitting in it.”

More Works by William Christenberry In the Collection


Tree
William Christenberry
2004
Wall Construction III
William Christenberry
1985
Guinea Church, near Moundville, Alabama
William Christenberry
1972/printed 1999

House in Summertime, Greensboro, Alabama
William Christenberry
1972/printed 1999
Near Sawyerville, Alabama
William Christenberry
1994/printed 1995

Coleman's Café, Greensboro, Alabama
William Christenberry
1967/printed 1999
Gourd Tree, near Akron, Alabama
William Christenberry
1981/printed 2000

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