Mark Lancaster b.1938
T01109 CAMBRIDGE GREEN 1968
Inscribed on canvas turnover at top: ‘Cambridge Green 1968 Liquitex/cotton duck 68×68 in. 173×173 cm [arrow indicating top] Mark Lancaster’.
Liquitex on cotton duck, 68×68 (173×173).
Purchased from the artist through the Rowan Gallery (Knapping Fund) 1969.
Exh: Arts Council Gallery, Cambridge, January–February 1969 (13, repr.); Rowan Gallery, June–July 1969 (catalogue not numbered).
Repr: Art and Artists, IV, July 1969, p.56.
Lit: For a general discussion of Lancaster's ‘Cambridge’ series, see Richard Morphet, ‘Mark Lancaster's painting since 1967’ in Studio International, CLXXVII, June 1969, pp. 270–273.
Since painting ‘Zapruder’ 1967, Lancaster has often used the repetition of identical-sized rectangles as a principal system within an individual work. By contrast with ‘Zapruder’ and its sequel ‘Zapruder II’ 1967 (where this regularity is broken by rows of rectangles being cut short along two edges of the painting) in all the paintings so far completed in the ‘Cambridge’ series (each measuring 68×68 inches) a rectangle of a given size is repeated intact, whatever subdivisions may occur within it, eight times in the same work in two vertical rows of four…