Bernard CohenMatter of Identity III - The Trace 1977-9

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Artist
Bernard Cohen (born 1933)
Title
Matter of Identity III - The Trace
Date 1977-9
MediumAcrylic paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 1835 x 1835 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1981
Reference
T03284
Not on display

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This painting's six principal images are an aeroplane, a paw mark, a paddle, a meal table, an explosion and a window. From corner to corner Cohen painted an aeroplane in one set of colours which, while wet, he scraped in numerous directions. He painted the rest of the canvas in a contrasting set of scraped colours. Within the aeroplane's boundaries he then painted an image using the second set of colours, and repeated it (a different size, sometimes inverted, dismembered or as if projected) in the non-aeroplane space, but in the aeroplane colours. This process continued until all spaces were full. Colours were intended to clash as much as possible… (read more)

September 2004

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