Wilhelm Sasnal, ‘Gaddafi 3’ 2011
Wilhelm Sasnal, Gaddafi 3 2011 . Tate . © Wilhelm Sasnal, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ

Room 11 in Media Networks

Painting and Mass Media

Stern

Marlene Dumas, Stern  2004

Dumas has made several paintings in which a figure lies face up with eyes closed and mouth open in an ambiguous pose. This shows Ulrike Meinhof, a member of the West German far-left militant organization Red Army Faction. Found dead in her prison cell in May 1976, she appeared to have taken her own life, although some claim she was murdered. The title acknowledges the source of the image: a photograph taken after Meinhof’s death, printed in the German magazine Stern. Dumas was interested in re-interpreting an image previously used by German artist Gerhard Richter, who made paintings based on the same photograph in 1988.

Gallery label, October 2019

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Gaddafi 3

Wilhelm Sasnal, Gaddafi 3  2011

The third and largest of Sasnal’s paintings relating to the death of Muammar Gaddafi shows both the Libyan dictator’s corpse and a group of onlookers. All but one of the figures have been rendered anonymous by the close cropping of the image so that only their bodies are visible. In this treatment of the subject, Sasnal seems to refer as much to art history as to history, evoking Andrea Mantegna’s fifteenth-century depiction of the dead Christ through the dramatic foreshortening of the corpse while also echoing the monumental scale of history painting.

Gallery label, February 2016

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Gaddafi 2

Wilhelm Sasnal, Gaddafi 2  2011

Gaddafi 2 is one of three paintings by Sasnal based on images that emerged in the media following the death of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Here he homes in on a group of rebel fighters, apparently looking down onto the corpse, which cannot be seen due to the close cropping of the image. One of the figures appears to be filming the event. Due to the increased availability of mobile technology, significant moments in history are now routinely captured by bystanders and posted online. Sasnal further mediates such images by translating them into paintings.

Gallery label, February 2016

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Gaddafi 1

Wilhelm Sasnal, Gaddafi 1  2011

Painter and film-maker Wilhelm Sasnal uses photographs as a starting point for his work. Whether finding them by chance or seeking them out on the internet, he selects images he sees as open to interpretation. His three paintings based on broadcast coverage of the killing of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi – made the same year – demonstrate how painterly concerns such as scale, technique and composition transform our relation to the image. Here Sasnal depicts the body of the deposed leader as an abstract mass of thickly applied paint to imply a visceral and violent death.

Gallery label, February 2016

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Old Bailey

Dexter Dalwood, Old Bailey  2014

Dalwood depicts imagined interiors that act as memorials of places, moments or people. Here, London’s Central Criminal Court (known as the Old Bailey) is painted in a style that resembles a grainy newspaper image. The only sign of life is the distinctive red hair of former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks. She was questioned at the Old Bailey in 2014 for her involvement in what became known as the ‘phone hacking scandal’. A police enquiry had revealed that the newspaper had intercepted the mobile phone messages of celebrities, politicians and members of the royal family.

Gallery label, January 2020

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Rokni Haerizadeh, Fictionville: The Miniature Wings of Speedy Thoughts  2011

Iranian artist Haerizadeh began altering news imagery in 2009. He was living in Dubai and became aware of election protests in his home city, Tehran. Unable to return home, he started taking pictures of the events broadcast on the television news. He made the works shown here by painting over the resulting photographs. Human figures morph into animals and political events become violent fables featuring hybrid creatures. The titles refer to Shahre Ghesseh (‘Storyville’), a series of political children’s plays with actors in animal masks that was shown on Iranian television in the 1970s, and to the 1955 poem Howl by American writer Allen Ginsberg.

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Rokni Haerizadeh, Fictionville: Praying for Each Other’s Salvation  2011

Iranian artist Haerizadeh began altering news imagery in 2009. He was living in Dubai and became aware of election protests in his home city, Tehran. Unable to return home, he started taking pictures of the events broadcast on the television news. He made the works shown here by painting over the resulting photographs. Human figures morph into animals and political events become violent fables featuring hybrid creatures. The titles refer to Shahre Ghesseh (‘Storyville’), a series of political children’s plays with actors in animal masks that was shown on Iranian television in the 1970s, and to the 1955 poem Howl by American writer Allen Ginsberg.

Gallery label, January 2019

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Rokni Haerizadeh, Fictionville: Blackness Ringed with Light Bulbs  2011

Iranian artist Haerizadeh began altering news imagery in 2009. He was living in Dubai and became aware of election protests in his home city, Tehran. Unable to return home, he started taking pictures of the events broadcast on the television news. He made the works shown here by painting over the resulting photographs. Human figures morph into animals and political events become violent fables featuring hybrid creatures. The titles refer to Shahre Ghesseh (‘Storyville’), a series of political children’s plays with actors in animal masks that was shown on Iranian television in the 1970s, and to the 1955 poem Howl by American writer Allen Ginsberg.

Gallery label, January 2019

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Rokni Haerizadeh, Fictionville: Act like You talk  2011

Iranian artist Haerizadeh began altering news imagery in 2009. He was living in Dubai and became aware of election protests in his home city, Tehran. Unable to return home, he started taking pictures of the events broadcast on the television news. He made the works shown here by painting over the resulting photographs. Human figures morph into animals and political events become violent fables featuring hybrid creatures. The titles refer to Shahre Ghesseh (‘Storyville’), a series of political children’s plays with actors in animal masks that was shown on Iranian television in the 1970s, and to the 1955 poem Howl by American writer Allen Ginsberg.

Gallery label, January 2019

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Rokni Haerizadeh, Fictionville: Poverty is the Spectre of Genius  2011

Iranian artist Haerizadeh began altering news imagery in 2009. He was living in Dubai and became aware of election protests in his home city, Tehran. Unable to return home, he started taking pictures of the events broadcast on the television news. He made the works shown here by painting over the resulting photographs. Human figures morph into animals and political events become violent fables featuring hybrid creatures. The titles refer to Shahre Ghesseh (‘Storyville’), a series of political children’s plays with actors in animal masks that was shown on Iranian television in the 1970s, and to the 1955 poem Howl by American writer Allen Ginsberg.

Gallery label, January 2019

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Art in this room

Stern
Marlene Dumas Stern 2004
Gaddafi 3
Wilhelm Sasnal Gaddafi 3 2011
Gaddafi 2
Wilhelm Sasnal Gaddafi 2 2011
Gaddafi 1
Wilhelm Sasnal Gaddafi 1 2011
Old Bailey
Dexter Dalwood Old Bailey 2014

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Rokni Haerizadeh Fictionville: The Miniature Wings of Speedy Thoughts 2011

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