Bernard Frize Spitz 1991

Artwork details

Artist
Bernard Frize born 1949
Title
Spitz
Date 1991
Medium Acrylic paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2545 x 3615 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the Patrons of New Art through the Tate Gallery Foundation 1996
Reference
T07079
Not on display

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Frize lays his canvases on the floor, and works on them at speed. He is less concerned with the creation of a meaningful image, than the process of painting itself. In Spitz (‘sharp’ or ‘pointed’ in German) he laid out the lines in red crayon and then coated the canvas in a liquid resin. The paint was laid into the wet resin, with colours bleeding and merging as he worked. Having set the process in motion, therefore, Frize allowed it to determine the final composition.

April 2007