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Exhibition Detail
Main Street Sculpture Project
258 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877


October 31st, 2010 - March 20th, 2011
 
The Young Punch and His Mother Go Shopping  (detail of clay prototype), Robert TaplinRobert Taplin,
The Young Punch and His Mother Go Shopping (detail of clay prototype),
2009
© Courtesy of the artist & The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
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New Haven–based sculptor Robert Taplin has recently focused his attention on a ongoing series of works that portray the historical character Punch and his adventures in the contemporary world. Rooted deep in Western mythology, Punch is an anglicized version of Punchinello, the trickster figure that played a major role in sixteenth–century Italian commedia dell'arte. Taplin's Punch will be six feet tall, while his mother will be eleven feet, creating a narrative tension that expands Punch's subversive role into the modern world. In addition to the outdoor presentation of Punch and His Mother Go Shopping, the Museum will exhibit a


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