Over the last twenty-five years, Allan Chasanoff has amassed an eclectic array of artworks that range widely in subject matter, form, artistic intent, and achievement. My response to this complexity was to impose an artificial order on the collection by grouping like things and creating identities for these groups. The resulting categories are obvious in some cases -"animal portraits," "trompe l'oeil," "figure"- but others serve as umbrella terms- "tradition reconsidered," "fractured vessels." This system of classification is a response to the collection's areas of focus; to Chasanoff's own database that uses keywords to define and link objects across the collection; and to the similarity and recurrence of artistic ideas. Many objects fit into several categories, and many defy classification. Many would not have the same resonance if they were not mimicked by other artworks in the collection. Latent characteristics surface due to the relationships created in the groupings. This mix-and-match quality creates the need for interactivity, which is supplied by this website.
F. Douglas, Curator
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