Tacita DeanShip of Death 2001

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Artist
Tacita Dean (born 1965)
Title
Ship of Death
Date 2001
MediumPhoto-etching on paper
Dimensionsimage: 450 x 685 mm support: 540 x 690 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the artist 2002
Reference
P20246
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Summary

Ship of Death belongs to a portfolio of twenty black and white photogravures with etching collectively entitled The Russian Ending. The portfolio was printed by Niels Borch Jensen, Copenhagen and published by Peter Blum Editions, New York in an edition of thirty-five; Tate’s copy is the fifth of ten artist’s proofs. Each image in the portfolio is derived from a postcard collected by the artist in her visits to European flea markets. Most of the images depict accidents and disasters, both man-made and natural. Superimposed on each image are white handwritten notes in the style of film directions with instructions for lighting, sound and camera movements, suggesting that the each picture is the working note for a film… (read more)

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