Bernard Cohen

Concerning the Meal

1980

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Medium
Etching on paper
Dimensions
Image: 686 x 545 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Rose and Chris Prater 1980
Reference
P05547

Catalogue entry

P05547 CONCERNING THE MEAL 1980

Inscribed ‘Bernard Cohen 1980’ bottom right and ‘Concerning the Meal’ and ‘pp’
Etching, printed at Kelpra Studio, published by Waddington Graphics in an edition of 60, 27×21 1/2 (68.6×54.5)
Presented by Rose and Chris Prater 1980

The central image of a rather fluid aeroplane is in part disrupted by a grid structure of four predella-like panels. This grid, however, is also overlapped by the aeroplane. The four panels each contain images of small aeroplanes as well as markings suggestive of human and animal footprints or traces. The structure of the image is loosely reminiscent of place settings at a dinner table after the meal is over. While the structure is still evident it is subverted by the act of mixing foods and consuming successive courses without completely clearing them away from the table. For an account of Cohen's related work on the themes of meals and aeroplanes see the catalogue entry for T03284 (p.64).

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