Bruce McLean Study towards the Object of the Exercise 1978

Artwork details

Artist
Bruce McLean born 1944
Title
Study towards the Object of the Exercise
Date 1978
Medium Acrylic paint, wax crayon and paper on photographic paper
Dimensions Support: 1362 x 1575 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1981
Reference
T03275
Not on display

Catalogue entry

T03275 STUDY TOWARDS THE OBJECT OF THE EXERCISE 1978

Not inscribed
Acrylic paint, wax crayon and collage on photographic paper, 53 1/2 × 62 (136.3 × 157.6)
Purchased from Anthony Stokes Ltd (Grant-in-Aid) 1981
Prov: Anthony Stokes Ltd (purchased from the artist 1980)
Lit: Nena Dimitrijevic, Bruce McLean, 1981, pp.54–7

In 1977 McLean's drawings took on the character of notes or diagrams for performances, in which banal objects, such as a tea cup, and the way they influence social behaviour were a central theme. These drawings were not originally intended for exhibition. ‘The Object of the Exercise’ took place at The Kitchen, New York, in December 1978, with the artist's wife Rosy McLean as co-performer. (For a description of this event, the reader is referred to: Sarah Kent, ‘The Biography Drawer’, in the exhibition catalogue Bruce McLean, Third Eye Centre, Glasgow, 1980, p.12.)

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1980-82: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1984

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