Mimmo PaladinoMenacing Caves 1982

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Mimmo Paladino (born 1948)
Menacing Caves
Caverne minacciose
Date 1982
MediumEtching, aquatint, drypoint and linocut on paper
Dimensionsimage: 400 x 242 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1983
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Catalogue entry

P07854 Menacing Caves 1982 [P07630, P07631, P07854]

Etching with aquatint, drypoint and linocut 15 1/8 × 9 1/2 (400 × 242) on Velin Arches 31 × 22 1/4 (788 × 572), printed by Aeropress, New York and published by Multiples Inc., New York
Inscribed ‘Mimmo Paladino 1982’ b.r. and ‘1/35’; impressed with the printer's stamp
Purchased from Waddington Graphics (Grant-in-Aid) 1983

The following entry is based upon statements made by the artist in a letter of 29 April 1986:

P07631 depicts a man asleep while ‘the shadow’ of an animal ‘passes away’. The title of the work in Italian is ‘Pietra di Pietro’ in which the similarity between the two principal words is intentional. The artist has written that ‘in the Christian story Christ told Peter that [Peter] would be the rock [la pietra] upon which the Christian church would be founded. Therefore all of this is like a metaphor between what is involved in the act of becoming and the linguistic coincidences in the Italian language.’ The shape of the plate is irregular and was deliberately cut to resemble the shape of a stone or rock. The red line at the right hand edge of the plate is ‘a signal - an alarm’… (read more)

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