Michael Craig-Martin Knowing 1996

Artwork details

Artist
Title
Knowing
Date 1996
Medium Acrylic paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2442 x 3665 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1997
Reference
T07234
Not on display

Display caption

In Knowing, Craig-Martin has painted meticulously accurate representations of household items that appear at once convincingly real and highly artificial. They are arranged in a formation that seems to recede into the distance. Each object's actual size has been adapted to reinforce that impression. This contradicts what we know to be true of their relative real sizes, the ladder appearing smaller than the fire extinguisher, which is in turn smaller than the torch.

August 2004