Tim Lee Upside-down Water Torture Chamber, Harry Houdini, 1913 2004

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Artwork details

Artist
Tim Lee born 1975
Title
Upside-down Water Torture Chamber, Harry Houdini, 1913
Date 2004
Medium Photograph on paper
Dimensions 1150 x 1250 mm
Collection
Lent by the American Fund for the Tate Gallery, courtesy of the American Acquisitions Committee 2006
On long term loan
Reference
L02686
Not on display

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This photograph shows the artist tied to a chair reading a copy of the collected writings of artist Robert Smithson. At first glance, the book appears to be the wrong way up. In fact, Lee is hanging upside down, and the resulting photograph was inverted so that he appears to be sitting up straight. The Upside-down Water Torture Cell was one of Harry Houdini’s signature acts, in which the famous escapologist was suspended upside-down in a locked cabinet filled with water.

December 2006

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