John CoplansSelf-Portrait (Frieze No. 2, Four Panels) 1994

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Artist
John Coplans (1920‑2003)
Title
Self-Portrait (Frieze No. 2, Four Panels)
Date 1994
Medium4 photographs, black and white, on paper
Dimensionssupport: 619 x 800 mm frame x 4: 1980 x 880 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the American Fund for the Tate Gallery 2001
Reference
P78534
Not on display

Summary

Self-Portrait (Frieze No.2 Four Panels) consists of four panels each containing three black and white photographs of the artist’s body arranged in a column. The panels present Coplans’s naked body from the chest to just below the knees. They depict four poses, two viewing the body from behind, one from the side and one from the front. In the back views the artist reaches across his back with one hand and holds the elbow of the other arm. In the side view, his arm is clamped to his side as he grasps his chest. In the front view, his right hand supports his left shin, raising his leg and partially concealing his genitals… (read more)

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