Paintings by Robert Dwyer

Robert Dwyer created these paintings, probably in the late 1940s when he was in college. For many years they hung in the basement of his home at 71 Pershing Avenue, in Jamestown, New York. "Hung" is not quite accurate - rather, they were nailed unceremoniously to a bit of wood along the wall and, when they were noticed at all, were used for target practice with a BB gun. You can still see the holes - which, as they were inflicted by the artist, we have left unretouched.

Any theories about what these may mean are welcome.

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