Otis Kaye - Money, Mystery, and Mastery

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Otis Kaye - Money, Mystery, and Mastery

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New Britain Museum of American Art Publication

Otis Kaye - Money, Mystery, and Mastery

The exhibition features thirty-four works that display a mastery of the highly realistic, trompe l’oeil technique in curious compositions of currency, letters, and other symbolic items that make reference to political, economic and social issues facing America, and Otis Kaye personally, during the first half of the twentieth-century. More puzzling than Kaye’s work, which is steeped in mystery and symbolism, is the enigma that surrounds the artist himself. The record of Kaye’s life is nearly non-existent. The artist did not exhibit or sell his work during his lifetime, but gave his art to close family and friends.

Exhibition on display from Saturday, January 17, 2015 - Sunday, May 10, 2015.