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1940

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1988

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Drawing, Design for Sportshack

This is a Drawing. It was from the office of Donald Deskey. We acquired it in 1988. Its medium is brush and gouache, black ink, airbrush over stencil, graphite on illustration board. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Sportshack was Deskey’s earliest foray into the field of prefabricated housing. Like many 1930s and 1940s design drawings, this compelling piece was executed in airbrush, an adjustable-spray technique that misted paint over a stencil to produce a slick, almost mechanical appearance.

This object was featured in our Object of the Day series in a post titled Living Modern.

This object was donated by Donald Deskey and catalogued by Julie Pastor and Rachel Hunnicutt.

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Drawing, Design for Sportshack; Office of Donald Deskey (American, 1894–1989); USA; brush and gouache, black ink, airbrush over stencil, graphite on illustration board; 1988-101-1515

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Making Design.

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