Fiona RaeUntitled (yellow) 1990

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Artist
Fiona Rae (born 1963)
Title
Untitled (yellow)
Date 1990
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 2133 x 1981 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Jill Ritblat to mark her term as Chairman of the Patrons of New Art (1987-90) 1991
Reference
T06482
Not on display

Summary

Rae’s paintings push abstraction to the edge of figuration. She studied Fine Art at Goldsmith’s College London (1984-7) and participated in Freeze, the seminal exhibition of young British artists (subsequently known as yBas) organised by Damien Hirst (born 1965) in London’s Docklands in 1988. Her paintings of the late 1980s comprise rows of miniature pictures, each made up of a combination of colours, forms and brushstrokes, against a neutral ground. In these works, the graphic qualities of individual pictures result in the appearance of a pictograph, each one resembling an unknown letter or symbol. This sense of meaning is undermined by the evident materiality of the paint. In the early 1990s, she expanded and developed these structures to cover a single canvas… (read more)

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