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The Barber’s Shop
  • William Copley, artist
    1919–1996
    born: New York, New York, United States ; died: Key West, Florida, United States ; active: United States
    The Letter Edged in Black Press, Inc., publisher
  • The Barber’s Shop, 1968
  • S.M.S. No. 5
  • Where object was made: United States
  • typography, paper
  • Object Height/Width: 254 x 173 mm
    Object Height/Width: 10 x 6 13/16 in
  • Gift of Glenn Duffee
  • Not on display
  • 1994.0137.10.a-q
Description
Inscriptions/Signature

An orange cover (a) containing documentation of the legal battle of a Chicago barber to reproduce on his business cards a sketch of a Picasso sculpture donated to the City of Chicago by the artist. Attached to the cover with a paperclip (b) is a business card for " Maestro Gerhard’s" (c). A letter from Maestro Gerhard to Pablo Picasso (d). Five photocopies of newspaper clippings (e-i). Glossy sheet with text "GIFT ITEMS" at the top and four images below (j). Sheet of glossy cardstock with image of a maquette of the sculpture (k). Booklet with a light blue cover (l). White envelope with black text (m). Inside the envelope are: transfer of ownership from Picasso to the City of Chicago (n), registration of a claim to copyright (o), image of model of sculpture (p), postcard of image of sculpture in Chicago's Civic Center Plaza (q).