John Christie Check-Out Music 1980

Artwork details

Artist
John Christie born 1945
Title
Check-Out Music
Date 1980
Medium Screenprint on paper
Dimensions Image: 228 x 371 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1981
Reference
P07528
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Catalogue entry

P07528 CHECK-OUT MUSIC 1980

Inscribed ‘John Christie July 80’ bottom right and ‘Check-out Music’ and ‘13/60’
Screenprint, printed and published by the artist, 9×14 5/8 (22.8×37.1)
Purchased from the artist (Grant-in-Aid) 1982

'The photographs used in this print are of the American composers Earle Brown and John Cage. The check-out ticket reminded me of the random number sequences used in the 50s and 60s as a method for generating modern music scores. I was intrigued also by the sound/ noise made by the manual cash register used for this check-out ticket in contrast to that made by the new electronic versions.’ (loc.cit.)

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1980-82: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1984

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