Terry Winters Monkey Puzzle 1987

Artwork details

Artist
Terry Winters born 1949
Title
Monkey Puzzle
Date 1987
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2750 x 3664 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the Eli Broad Family Foundation 1988
Reference
T05076
Not on display

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The image in the painting is derived from a biology textbook illustration of a circulation system. Winters is interested in the organizing structures and systems beneath the seeming randomness of nature's complexity. His paintings are metaphors for social structures, means of communication and modes of living. They also represent psychological states and human relationships. The principal forms in the painting are inverted mirror images of each other and suggest mythical male and female figures. Winters is concerned to retain evidence of the history of the making of the painting and allows previous intentions and changes of mind to remain visible.

September 2004

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