Artist H. C. Westermann, American, 1922 - 1981
  • My Own Executioner
  • Indifference to My Own Creator (alternate title)
  • Mine Own Executioner (alternate title)
Date 1957
Medium bone, brass, lead, and pine
Dimensions Overall: 19 × 4 1/2 × 3 1/2 inches (48.3 × 11.4 × 8.9 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, Henry E. and Consuelo S. Wenger Foundation Fund and Josephine and Ernest Kanzler Fund
Accession Number 1989.51
Department Contemporary Art after 1950
Not On View
Signed Signed with ink on bottom left: H.C. Westermann
Inscriptions Inscribed, titled, dated, bottom left: My Own Executioner | 1957
Inscribed with ink on bottom right: or--indifference to my own creator
Incised on bone: ME I
[tic-tac-toe board with two o's in upper corners and one x in the lower right corner]
(Allan Frumklin Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA).
Noah Goldowsky and Richard Bellamy (New York, New York, USA).
Alan and Dorothy Press (Chicago, Illinois, USA).
(Lennon, Weinberg, Inc., New York, New York, USA)
1989-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

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Lennon, Weinberg, Inc. H. C. Westermann: Sculpture and Drawing. New York, 1988, (ill.).

King, David. H. C. Westermann: West. Richmond, CA, 1997, p. 20.

Rooks, Michael and Lynne Warren. H. C. Westermann: Exhibition Catalogue and Catalogue Raisonne of Objects. New York, 2001, p. 224 (bw ill.), pp. 277, 344, 365, 368.