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Dalwood depicts the imagined bedroom of film-maker and philosopher Guy Debord, the leading figure in the Situationist International, a radical movement formed in Paris in 1957. The scribbles on the walls allude to Debord’s call for mass vandalism, but are in fact copies of paintings by Cy Twombly - an artist whose works now sell for millions - perhaps Dalwood’s sly reference to the commodity fetishism of painting. ‘Freedom’ here may refer to political liberties called for by artists and students in the demonstrations of 1968 or the perhaps more illusory freedom of choice held up by contemporary consumerist culture.

April 2012