Lothar Baumgarten

Fish

1985

Medium
Screenprint on paper
Dimensions
Image: 680 x 999 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1987
Reference
P77183

Display caption

Although these prints were published as two pairs, they were conceived at the same time and are often thought of as a set of four. Baumgarten spent about six months living with the Amazonian Indians towards the end of the 1970s. He took a number of photographs there which he used in subsequent works. He is interested in highlighting the exploitation and extinction of native cultures by the invasion of colonisers and business. 'Fish' lists the names of Venezualan Indian tribes; 'Shaprai Bow' is a celebration of the rivers of Venezuala; and 'Metals' is a memorial to the metals extracted from the ground by speculators.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

P77183 Fish 1985


Screenprint 680 × 999 (26 3/4 × 39 3/8) on Rives BFK paper 799 × 1148 (31 1/2 × 45 1/4); printed by Frank Kicherer, Stuttgart and published by the artist in an edition of 35

Inscribed ‘Baumgarten 85’ below image b.r. and ‘21/35’ below image b.l.; image includes printed words ‘Aiaimi | Yahetipa | Omorewë | Itahi | Sipari | Yaraka | Kaweima | Pookoshi | Resiresirima | Mamori | Epënami | Tootoowë’

Purchased from Marian Goodman Gallery, New York (Grant-in-Aid) 1987

Lit: ‘Prints & Photographs Published’, Print Collector's Newsletter, vol.16, Sept.–Oct. 1985, p.139, repr. (different impression); John T. Paoletti, ‘Lothar Baumgarten: Myths in Prints’, Print Collector's Newsletter, vol.19, Nov.–Dec. 1988, p.179, repr. (different impression). Also repr: Tierra de los perros mudos, exh. cat., Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam 1985, [pp.16–17] (another state)

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Published in:
Tate Gallery: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions 1986-88, London 1996