"monument" for V. Tatlin, 1975
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"monument" for V. Tatlin, 1975 1975
This is one of a series of works dedicated to the Russian constructivist artist Vladimir Tatlin (1885- 1953). Tatlin treated art in engineering terms and embraced industry and technology. Flavin described Tatlin as, 'the great revolutionary, who dreamed of art as science'. By using fluorescent lights which could be bought in any hardware store, Flavin challenged the viewer's idea of art as dependant on an 'original' object. His choice of a banal, mass-produced, 'modern' object has close parallels with the use of material from popular culture by contemporary pop artists.

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Constructivism

A geometric, abstract style founded in the early twentieth century in Russia by Vladimir Tatlin. The movement reflected the machine age through its use of new technology and materials and applied its theories to architecture and design as well as fine art. Exiled artists such as Naum Gabo helped to spread the Constructivist ideas. ‘Constructionist’ and ‘constructed abstract art’ are also terms used to describe work relating to these ideas.

Pop Art

An art movement of the 1950s to the 1970s that was primarily based in Britain and the United States. Pop artists are so called because of their use of imagery from popular culture. They also introduced techniques and materials from the commercial world, such as screen-printing, to fine art practice.

Constructivism, Pop Art

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 2799
  • Medium Fluorescent lights
  • Size 305.00 x 61.00 x 12.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1983