Burhan Dogançay

Happy New Year


Burhan Dogançay 1929–2013
Gouache, crayon and printed paper on board
Support: 345 × 421 × 2.5 mm
Presented by Benjamin Kaufmann in memory of the artist and in honour of his wife Angela Dogançay 2017

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Doğançay’s long term project focused on the texture of New York City’s walls. He made Yankees and Beatles in the year in which the Liverpool band’s sell-out concerts conquered the United States. The Beatles’s sudden popularity found expression on the streets of the city. This confirmed Doğançay’s view that: ‘You can tell more about a country by observing its walls than … by looking at its flag.’ Using a variety of collage techniques for Happy New Year and Hum, he captured the texture of graffitied and fly-posted surfaces. On these surfaces and walls, official messages were often subverted by anonymous comments.

Gallery label, June 2021

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