Hubert Dalwood
O.A.S. Assassins 1962

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Hubert Dalwood 1924–1976
O.A.S. Assassins
Date 1962
Medium Aluminium and fabric
Dimensions Object: 765 x 510 x 340 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1982
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1960

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The title refers to the Organisation de l’Armée Secrète, a right-wing group in France opposed to Algerian independence. Dalwood visited Paris in January 1962, when this group seemed about to start a civil war: the ‘RF’ on the crest stands for République Française. The OAS was the inspiration of the famous novel The Day of the Jackal, about the attempted assassination of President de Gaulle. While apparently light-hearted, the sculpture also alludes to the posturing of right-wing extremists.

September 2016

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