Eggs. Comic eggs and serious eggs, abstract eggs and sci-fi eggs, landscape eggs and still-life eggs, presidential portrait eggs, cowboy eggs and Indian eggs (even a few Easter eggs), eggs of all descriptions. The White House sent the call out and scores of artists responded. More than 60 artists' eggs, three of which are pictured here, will be displayed this morning at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.
Buckminster Fuller sent a geodesic egg, Chicago's Roger Brown submitted an "Egg Shuttle," abstract painter Larry Poons provided an abstraction. Al Hirschfeld, the caricaturist, came up with a portrait of egg-eyed Orphan Annie (the word "Nina," which he always conceals in his drawings, is there on the back, if eggs have a back). A "Peyote Bird" appears on the handsome egg submitted by Antowine Warrior, a Texas Indian artist. There is an armadillo on Ann Coe's Arizona egg, and a spring streetscape appears upon one egg painted for the show by Alexandria's B.J. Anderson. George Segal, the sculptor, sent a sort of nest egg, one on which the dollar bill's visage of George Washington has been replaced by that of Ronald Reagan. The Marvel Comics Group sent in an egg that shows the Hulk smashing through its shell. Ed Paschke of Chicago went a bit too far. The egg he sent was thought to be slightly pornographic, and will not be seen.
All these eggs are made of wood, which has distinct advantages. They do not crack, and, when they have aged, neither do they stink.
This year's White House show, the second in a series, is called "Eggshibit 1982, Eggstraordinary Eggsamples of Artistic Eggspression." There is something about eggs that drives the mind to puns.
David Lance Goines, a California artist, accompanied his pleasing and elongated egg map of the world with an "eggsplanation": "This eggssemplifies the poule t projection, much favored by hard boiled eggsplorers, many of whom eggspired in their eggsasperating eggquatorial eggspeditions . . .
"David (the Yolker) Goines."