Sasaki Toshio (1946-2007)
Bronx Project, 1991
Color offset lithograph
21 3/4 x 30 inches (55.2 x 76.2 cm)
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Gift of the Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia, in memory of Anne d’Harnoncourt, 2009
In this lithograph Sasaki portrays a large ship protruding from an abandoned apartment building. Sasaki based this artwork on his experience after moving to New York to study art and architecture in 1974. The city’s boroughs were suffering economically and the artist witnessed numerous empty houses and abandoned properties left behind in collapsed communities. The solitude and loneliness he observed in the Bronx corresponded with his own feelings of emptiness and alienation as a foreigner abroad.