About this artwork

This disturbing work was first shown in Davies's solo exhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London in 1972. The figures can be placed in an infinite number of positions to suggest various meanings. One formation can give the impression that the crawling figures are threatening the seated figure while another formation can suggest that the three masked figures are controlled by the seated figure. The exact relationship between the characters is enigmatic, but Davies has written that he wanted the group to express feelings of repression and brutality, and the humiliating rituals employed by oppressors.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    For the Last Time
  • date created:
    1970 - 1972
  • materials:
    Mixed media
  • measurements:
    Four figures, maximum height of each 181.00 cm; 137.00 cm; 82.00 cm; 75.00 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1989
  • accession number:
    GMA 3450
  • gallery:
  • subject:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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John Davies

John Davies