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Bus Terminal II (The Port Authority)

Bus Terminal II (The Port Authority)
Title
Bus Terminal II (The Port Authority)
Date 
1987
Medium 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions 
Overall: 20 x 36 in. ( 50.8 x 91.4 cm )
Description 
In a public wash room, several men, some without shirts, are washing and grooming themselves, while one on the right is using a urinal. The tired yellow paint of the walls and the cold light of the overhead flourescent lights make clear that this is not one of the City's upscale precincts.
Credit Line 
Purchase
Object Number 
2001.32
Gallery Label 
With a straightforward look at the way these homeless men solve the basic problem of personal cleanliness, Reisman documents one of the most persistent problems in New York City. The painting stands in stark contrast to 19th century genre paintings, which frequently portrayed poverty in romaticized, sentimental ways.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group