David Salle Satori Three Inches within Your Heart 1988

Artwork details

Artist
David Salle born 1952
Title
Satori Three Inches within Your Heart
Date 1988
Medium Acrylic paint and oil paint on 6 canvases on wood
Dimensions Displayed: 2142 x 2910 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Janet Wolfson de Botton 1996
Reference
T07176
Not on display

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In his work, Salle highlights the range and availability of images encountered in a technological, mass media age. He demonstrates that whilst we are bombarded with information, its meaning or significance is often lost. Like many of his paintings, this work includes direct quotations from works of art. It is his use of images from pornographic publications, however, that has been most provocative. Salle has explained that 'the point about the poses in my work is that they are the body in extremes Äoften seen from strange points of view and spatial organization. It has more to do with abstract choreography and angles of vision than with pornographic narrative'. 'Satori' is a Japanese term meaning 'sudden enlightenment'.

September 2004

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