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Objectified considers the traditional genre of still life as represented in the works of Telfair Museums’ permanent collection. Presenting still lifes from the late 19th century through the present day, this exhibition invites viewers to consider the genre as a form ripe for artistic exploration.

Although the basic subject matter of a still life stays the same—namely, the consideration of inanimate objects—the depictions differ dramatically in style and medium. Objectified considers a range of still life portrayals from conventional trompe-l’oeil paintings to flattened Cubist interpretations. Although varying in representative styles, each work remains true to investigating the objects of our everyday lives, revealing them as items rich with invested meaning.


Claes Thure Oldenburg (American, b. 1929)
Scissors as Monument, 100/144, 1967
lithograph on paper; 30 x 20 inches
gift of Mr. Alan S. Gaynor, 2008.5
© 2008 Claes Oldenburg

Margaret Brennan (American, b. 1936)
Still Life No. 1, 2007
Epson Ultra Chrome K3 pigment inkjet print
Sight: 19 ¼ x 11 ¼ inches
gift of Margaret Brennan, 2010.9.1
© Margaret Brennan Photography

Beulah Strong (American, 1866–1951)
Still Life with Apples and Nuts, before 1890
oil on canvas; 19 x 24 inches
Museum purchase, 1890.1.


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