Skip to main content
Skip to main content

Robert Therrien

No Title (Beard Cart)

  • No Title (Beard Cart)
    © Estate of Robert Therrien. Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and DACS, London 2023

About this artwork

Robert Therrien has used fake beards and such prosthetics as fake noses in a number of his sculptures and installations. Placed on stands on a mobile trolley as though they are being presented for sale, the beards in this work vary in scale from larger than life to miniature versions. Fake beards suggest strategies for disguise that might be used in the theatre or for espionage. Beards also conjure up the magical and mythical men of fairy-tales and legends. These tactile objects may be an unusual subject for sculpture, but invested with independence and monumentality in their installation here they are transformed into a formal display that emphasises their symbolic function.

Updated before 2020

Robert Therrien (1947 - 2019) American
No Title (Beard Cart)
Steel plate, stainless steel, plastic, wood, rubber, human hair and plaster
223.50 x 116.20 x 122.10 cm
Object type:
Credit line:
ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Presented by the artist 2010
Accession number:
In Storage
Artwork photographed by:
Antonia Reeve

True colours

Robert Therrien