Gordon Bennett

The Real Value of Art (Culture Bag)

1993

In Tate Modern

Level 3: A Year in Art: Australia 1992

Level 3: A Year in Art: Australia 1992
Artist
Gordon Bennett 1955–2014
Medium
Etching on paper
Dimensions
Image: 295 × 198 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Leanne and Caitlin Bennett in memory of and admiration for Gordon Bennett 2019
Reference
P15032

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This print is based on a study for the sculpture Culture Bag 1992. Bennett described this work as reflecting ‘the pain inflicted by [cultural] imperialism.’ Above the sketch, he quotes the Belgian surrealist artist René Magritte: ‘The real value of art is a function of its power of liberating revelation. And nothing confers on the artist any superiority in the order of human work. The artist does not exercise that priesthood that bourgeois duplicity alone tries to confer on him.’

Gallery label, July 2021

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