Ben Uri collection

Nazi Berlin Cabaret

Artist information

Name Reginald Case (1937-2009)

Born New York, USA

Died Florida, USA

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Reginald Case was born in Watertown, NY, and graduated from the local High School in 1955. He studied science at the State University of New York at Buffalo, then took an MA in Fine Art at Boston University. Afterwards he taught at Phillips Exeter Academy and Norfolk State College. During this period, he completed a series of large still-life paintings, before turning to collage.

His best-known work, from the 1980s-90s, plays with Hollywood iconographic assemblage, collage and construction, fusing early influences in film and photography, from Rudolph Valentino to Fred Astaire and Humphrey Bogart, and culminating in a series of objects focusing on Marilyn Monroe. In 'Marilyn Money’, he substitutes the film star’s image for American currency. In other works exploring the roots of American history and popular culture, he showcases Barbie and Madonna.

Case’s museum exhibitions include the Everson Museum of Art, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Reading Museum and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. His work is also represented in many private and public collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and The British Museum.

Object Details

Date 1978

Object type photograph

Medium photomontage on paper

Materials and techniques paper (support)

Unframed 61 x 46 cm

Signed signed, bottom centre: Reginald Case

Acquisition acquired in 2008

Accession number 2009-07

Display status not on display

This piece and its companion, 'Max Heliger', are part of a 1978 series on the theme of holocaust, including a piece called ‘Sonderbehandling (special treatment, Nazi bureaucratic term for killing prisoners)’, displayed at the V&A, London. As a child growing up in the 1940s in the United States, Case was disturbed by the postwar revelations of the horror that had taken place in Europe and began to exorcise his childhood demons in a series of collages exploring these theme.

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