John Christie

Homage to Ursonate

1981

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Medium
Screenprint on paper
Dimensions
Image: 245 x 466 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1981
Reference
P07603

Catalogue entry

P07603 HOMAGE TO URSONATE 1981

Inscribed ‘John Christie March 81’ bottom right and ‘Homage to Ursonate’ and ‘8/65’
Screenprint, printed and published by the artist, 9 5/8×18 3/8 (24.5×46.6)
Purchased from the artist (donation from Miss Mary Robinson in memory of J.B. Manson) 1982

'The sequence of photographs shows Kurt Schwitters in 1944 performing his Ursonate. The words are taken from Merz 24 “Ursonate, Theme II”, and the drawn image across the lower part of the print is derived from the shapes made by semaphore signs.’ (loc.cit.)

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