John BaldessariHope (Blue) Supported by a Bed of Oranges (Life): Amid a Context of Allusions 1991

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Artist
John Baldessari (born 1931)
Title
Hope (Blue) Supported by a Bed of Oranges (Life): Amid a Context of Allusions
Date 1991
Medium11 works on panel, photographs, black and white and colour on paper, oil tint, vinyl paint and acrylic paint
Dimensionssupport: 3810 x 7014 mm (150" x 276 1/8")
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the American Fund for the Tate Gallery and Tate Members 2004
Reference
T11845
Not on display

Summary

This is a complex wall installation made up of eleven framed and unframed panels of differing dimensions arranged in four adjoining rows. The panels present a combination of images, most of which are film stills on which the artist has made additions with paint. The dominating image, in the largest panel, is a large expanse of oranges on which two interacting human figures have been overpainted with vivid blue. From their silhouettes it appears that one figure crouches over and holds a gun to the head of the other figure, who lies supine on the ‘bed of oranges’ from which the title is derived… (read more)

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