glenn-kaino-study-for-1983-800x800 Glenn Kaino, Study for 1983

This work by Glenn Kaino continues the conversation which began with Bridge, 2013, a sprawling installation that the artist built around a fiberglass cast of the arm of Olympic gold-medalist Tommie Smith, who raised his fist in a sign of solidarity with civil rights groups in 1968.

In the piece above, he alters a 1968 cover of Newsweek featuring Smith accompanied by the tagline Angry Black Athlete. By damaging the image, obscuring the runners face and parts of the text, Kaino asks the audience to use their imaginations to fill in the blanks.

''My work has always attempted to reconcile irreconcilable materials as a way to make tangible moments in which the impossible is given form, if just for a moment or a glance,'' he explains.

Screen Shot 2016-08-08 at 16.09.38 1936 Berlin Olympic Relay Bearer's torch

This 1936 Berlin Olympic Relay Bearer's torch features the engraved inscription: "Als Dank Demtrager Organisations-Komitee fur Die XI Olympiade Berlin 1936'' which roughly translates: "Thank you Organising Committee for the Olympic Games in Berlin 1936 XI.''

Engraved on the handle is the route the torch bearer's took from Olympia, Greece to Berlin. The 1936 Olympics was the first of the modern Olympic era to have the torch relay from Olympia, Greece to the Olympic site.

Screen Shot 2016-08-08 at 16.09.07 Nicholas Stedman, Olympic Orbitals, 2012

Screen Shot 2016-08-08 at 16.08.09 Pawel Mendrek, Olympic Games, 2012

Screen Shot 2016-08-08 at 16.05.41 Olympic Games, Rome 1960

Patinated Bronze Participants' Medal, by Emilio Greco (1913-1995) for the Olympic Games, Rome 1960. The medals feature a naked female torchbearer dancing with the Olympic rings, rev doves of Peace soar upwards over stadium.

Screen Shot 2016-08-08 at 16.07.32 A rare hard bound book "Die Olympischen Spiele 1936" "Band I" (Vol. 1) by Ludwig Haymann & Heinrich Hoffmann and published by Raumbild-Verlag Otto Schonstein Diessen

Screen Shot 2016-08-08 at 16.07.08 Colour photograph of Muhammad Ali lighting the Olympic flame at the opening ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, signed by Ali in golden ink

Screen Shot 2016-08-08 at 16.06.42 Olympic Games, Stockholm 1912

49944_0 Jim Dine, Olympic Robe, Lithograph

Jim Dine's Olympic Robe was created to mark the Games of the XXIVth Olympiad Seoul 1988 and was published by the Olympic Games Committee, Seoul.

50039_0 Romare Bearden, The Olympics, Serigraph, 1976

22008_0 LeRoy Neiman, Fencing at Munich Olympics, Serigraph, 1972

40136_0 Los Angeles 1984 Olympics Games poster

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