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Tony Oursler
Headless.

2020

$50,000

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Headless. depicts the legendary Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow, shown brandishing a jack-o’-lantern and chasing a man on a white horse. This illustration refers to the tale of a Hessian trooper who was beheaded by a cannonball in the Battle of White Plains during the American Revolutionary War. Buried in a cemetery in Sleepy Hollow, New York, his ghost is said to rise every Halloween wielding a jack-o’-lantern as a surrogate head while he hunts for a permanent replacement. The moon in Oursler’s rendition gives way to a video montage of both still and moving images referencing the 1969 Moon landing, the conspiracy theories surrounding its authenticity, and the tradition of carving pumpkins for Halloween. References to the story of the Headless Horseman have appeared in Oursler’s work before, most recently in his major Public Art Fund installation, Tear of a Cloud, which was projected on the historic W 69th Street transfer bridge gantry as well as the Hudson River and surrounding landscape. Like many of the works in Oursler’s oeuvre, Headless. invites viewers to imagine multiple readings between past and present, in the slippery place between historical fact and fiction.

Details

  • Creator
    Tony Oursler (1957, American),
  • Creation Year
    2020
  • Dimensions
    Height: 17 in. (43.18 cm)Width: 14 in. (35.56 cm)
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  • Period
  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    Seller: LM314511stDibs: LU94438596862

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