Kenneth MartinVenice 1980

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Kenneth Martin (1905‑1984)
Date 1980
MediumScreenprint on paper
Dimensionsimage: 638 x 895 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1982
Not on display

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P07742 Venice 1980

Screenprint 25 1/8 × 35 1/4 (638 × 895) on two sheets: white paper with tracing paper overlay, printed at Editions Média, Neuchâtel and published by Waddington Graphics
Inscribed ‘Kenneth Martin 80’ b.r. and ‘57/70’
Purchased from Waddington Graphics (Grant-in-Aid) 1982

The title ‘Pier and Ocean’ [P07743] derives from the paintings by Mondrian of the same name but refers more directly to the Pier and Ocean exhibition, held at the Hayward Gallery, May–June 1980, which inspired Martin's print. ‘Venice’ [P07742] was created at the same time and is closely related. The theme of the exhibition is, therefore, germane to the meaning of both these works. Originally intended as a history of Constructivism, the movement with which Martin was connected from the early fifties onwards, its aim was subsequently modified. Instead of presenting Constructivism as the unbroken evolution of a stylistic consensus, the exhibition postulated a break in continuity and a shift in the concept of space for which 1968 is seen as a turning point… (read more)

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