Julião Sarmento Mehr Licht 1985

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Artist
Title
Mehr Licht
Date 1985
Medium Paper, printed paper and paint on paper
Dimensions Framed: 2200 x 2810 x125 mm
Support size: 1997 x 2593
Transit Frame: 2375 x 2980 x 200
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the artist 2007
Reference
T12838
Not on display

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The title of this work, which translates as ‘more light’, is taken from Goethe’s dying words. It belongs to a series of collages made between 1981 and 1986, which Sarmento assembled from disparate painted and drawn fragments. Here he uses both invented imagery and photographs, many of which derive from blurred photographs he found in newspapers. Characteristically, Sarmento intends the main image to be ambivalent. ‘A man holding a woman’s neck can be anything’, he has said. ‘It can be a tender gesture. It can be a violent gesture.’

March 2010

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