About this artwork

‘For Sale’ was made when the artist was still a student at the Royal College of Art, London, in the early 1960s. It straddles the then fluid boundaries between Pop Art and Neo-Dada. Produced through printing red, eye-catching letters onto white canvas, For Sale is both a painting of a sign and a sign in itself. Despite the simple means of its execution, the work makes a harsh statement that art is a commodity.

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  • title:
    For Sale
  • accession number:
    GMA 5484
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  • materials:
    Letterpress on canvas
  • date created:
    1961
  • measurements:
    46.30 x 61.30 cm (framed: 61.80 x 76.60 x 5.00 cm)
  • credit line:
    Acquired by exchange through the Dr Allan B Jamieson Bequest, 2014
  • copyright:
    © Billy Apple 1961
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Billy Apple

Billy Apple