Photo credit: Provided by donor
Accession Number: C.2017.14.1
Dimensions: 48 in X 114 in
Dimensions (Metric): 121.92 cm X 289.56 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Andrei Zimiles
September 11, 2001
Triptych titled September 11, 2001 by Murray Zimiles. The piece is an abstract representation of the rubble at Ground Zero with building structures, flames, and cloud-like forms representing dust and smoke. Ten dog figures that appear to be running toward the rubble are spread across the three panels.
On September 11, 2001, Brooklyn native and artist Murray Zimiles was a professor at SUNY Purchase. His art practice was centered in a studio located farther north in Dutchess County, New York. Through much of his career he had created mysterious, often unsettling narrative paintings, frequently placing animals into his scenes and thereby intentionally confusing viewers about the reality of the artwork settings. In this piece, the aggressive canine pack emerging from Ground Zero is an allusion to the terrorist hijackers and how their actions had unleased "dogs of war."