Július KollerCountry-City (Trencín) 1966

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Július Koller (1939‑2007)
Country-City (Trencín)
Krajina-Mesto (Trencín)
Date 1966
MediumOil paint on cardboard mounted on board
Dimensionssupport: 170 x 215 mm
Acquisition Purchased with funds provided by the 2010 Outset / Frieze Art Fair Fund to benefit the Tate Collection 2010
Not on display


Country-City (Trencín) comprises a shallow, flattened cardboard box at the bottom of which is a small painting of Trencín, a city in Western Slovakia. The box is stained and crumpled at its corners. It belongs to a body of work that the artist made between 1963 and 1966 in which he painted onto found and discarded objects. It typifies his interest in the appropriation of base, non-art objects. From 1966 Koller used the terms ‘junk’ and ‘junk culture’ to describe such works. More recently he has explained: ‘I felt allied to “junk culture”. De facto, I constantly live within a “junk cultural situation”. In junk situations no “grand art” or beautiful painting is born… (read more)

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