Susan Hiller

Dedicated to the Unknown Artists

1972–6

Artist
Susan Hiller born 1940
Medium
305 postcards, sea charts and map mounted on 14 panels, books, dossiers and exhibition catalogues and 1 painted wooden book stand
Dimensions
Support, each: 660 x 1048 mm.
Overall display dimensions variable
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund 2012
Reference
T13531

Not on display

Display caption

Dedicated to the Unknown Artists consists of 14 panels, featuring over 300 original postcards depicting waves crashing onto shores around Britain. A large map annotated with each of the locations featured in the postcards is included in the first panel. The title identifies the work as a tribute to the overlooked and forgotten artists who painted, photographed or hand-tinted the numerous seaside images. By making such commonplace objects the subject of a dedicated and extensive presentation, Hiller gives the mundane new status. This work also demonstrates Hiller’s interest in the theme of memory and memorials.

Gallery label, October 2013