Ed Kienholz is famous, or indeed infamous, for the sardonic and often explicit installations that he created with his wife and collaborator, Nancy Reddin-Kienholz. Using found objects, the pair assembled confronting scenes that attacked the duplicity of post-war America’s social climate and forced the viewer to question their own moral standards.

The scenes are uncompromising in their portrayal of sex, derisive in their treatment of war, and painfully honest in their depiction of human fragility.

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