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Darren Waterston : Filthy Lucre, Hardback Book

Darren Waterston : Filthy Lucre Hardback



Inspired by James McNeill Whistler's famous Peacock Room, contemporary painter Darren Waterston creates his own decadent interpretation in a major installation at MASS MoCA.

Darren Waterston's Filthy Lucre is a contemporary reimagining of James McNeill Whistler's decorative masterpiece Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room-originally a dining room in the London mansion of shipping magnate Frederick Leyland.

In 1876 and 1877, Whistler transformed the space with painted leather walls, gilded shutters, and a ceiling reflecting the coppery golds and brilliant blues of a peacock's plumage.

Waterston reconstructs the historical room as a sumptuous ruin, replete with reinterpretations of Whistler's paintings and 250 hand-painted vessels.

This title features all-new photography of Whistler's and Waterston's rooms, accompanied by essays by their curators and a scholar of patronage.


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