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Artist Wiley, William T
Title Dr. Faustow and Diablo
Date 2006
Medium Acrylic and Charcoal on Canvas
Culture American
Catalog Number 2007.7.1
Collection Contemporary Art Collection
Object Name Painting
Credit line Gift of the Contemporary Art Society
Didactic Information San Francisco Bay Area artist William T. Wiley, associated with the "Bay Area Funk" movement, is known for using satirical word-play and verbal/visual punning to address current political and social issues as a commentary on life in our time. Turning from full abstraction in the late 1960s, Wiley began to combine paintings with drawings and sculptural elements in works infused with irony, humor, and literary references. His love of language is equaled by his interest in manipulating it. Dr. Faustow and Diablo refers to the protagonist of a classic German legend in which a medieval scholar makes a pact with the devil, a theme that has appeared in many literary, artistic, cinematic, and musical works. Words, phrases, or entire statements often direct the viewer to the autobiographical or socio-political message underlying the lively visual narrative.