Tacita DeanThe Roaring Forties: Seven Boards in Seven Days 1997

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Tacita Dean (born 1965)
The Roaring Forties: Seven Boards in Seven Days
Date 1997
Medium14 works on blackboard, chalk
Dimensionsimage, each: 2438 x 2438 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Patrons of New Art through the Tate Gallery Foundation 2000
Not on display


The Roaring Forties: Seven Boards in Seven Days is one of several chalkboard series by Tacita Dean that evoke the aesthetic of black and white cinema. It comprises a sequence of white chalk drawings on seven eight-foot-square Masonite panels that Dean prepared with blackboard paint. The Roaring Forties is the name given to a zone in the southern Atlantic, between 40º and 50º latitude, which is noted for its gale-force winds. Dean used old photographs for reference to construct an epic sea narrative in seven parts, including scenes of a storm, a ship under full sail listing with the wind and a series of muscled figures engaged in such activities as rowing a skiff or climbing in rigging… (read more)

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