Clint Eastwood

George Ketterl
Clint Eastwood
Oil on wood, 1986
23 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches
Gift of the Richard H. Mumper Trust
1994.130

In Clint Eastwood (1984), George Ketterl uses the words that Husserl himself used— horizon and phantom—to describe the field of the known. Ketterl titled the painting after a television special with Clint Eastwood and Carey Grant that aired the day after Grant had died, adding immediacy to the experience. There are three bodies, one standing and two lying down at the top and bottom of the painting. As an extension to his performative work, Ketterl reveals these bodies to perceive the central words in the painting: time, limits, and exhaustion.