Alan Green One to Four 1982

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Artist
Alan Green 1932–2003
Title
One to Four
Date 1982
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1706 x 5118 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1982
Reference
T03443
Not on display

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Alan Green said he wanted to make ‘ordinary paintings that can be looked at over and over again’. He was keen for his paintings to function in two ways: as a two-dimensional pictorial space, as well as a three-dimensional material object in real space.

Green achieved this by painting restrained canvases, which seem to respond differently to subtle environmental changes. His minimal surfaces delicately register slight changes in the surrounding light. This forces viewers to be aware of the physical context of the painting, as well as their position in relation to it.

September 2004

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