Simon PattersonThe Great Bear 1992

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Artist
Simon Patterson (born 1967)
Title
The Great Bear
Date 1992
MediumLithograph on paper
Dimensionsimage: 1027 x 1280 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1996
Reference
P77880
Not on display

Summary

The Great Bear is a four colour offset lithograph mounted in an anodised aluminium frame. It is an altered version of the map of the London Underground created by Henry (Harry) C. Beck (1903-74) in 1931. Patterson replaced the names of the underground stations with the names of engineers, philosophers, explorers, planets, journalists, footballers, musicians, film actors, saints, Italian artists, sinologues (Chinese scholars), comedians and 'Louis' (French kings). Each of these categories is listed next to a coloured line (representing the different train lines) at the bottom right of the image under the title 'Key to Lines'… (read more)

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