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Jean Tinguely, Portrait of Virginia, 1963, mixed media construction with radio, circuit board, andiron, speaker, and motor, Collection of Virginia Dwan. © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Jean Tinguely, "Portrait of Virginia"

Swiss artist Jean Tinguely spent several months in Los Angeles in 1963 preparing for a Dwan Gallery exhibition. In this kinetic portrait, Tinguely depicts gallery owner Virginia Dwan as a delicate arrangement of wires, a fireplace andiron, a radio circuit board, and a motor that causes the tuning dial to flicker between stations.