Kenny Hunter

Take a Bath in the Multitude Adjust your Soul with Every Step

About this artwork

This print, made during a 3-month residency at Location 1, Manhattan, is part of a series inspired by early Modernist thinkers. Two statements by different writers, commenting on the complexities of metropolitan life, are combined. In his 1869 prose poem ‘Les Foules’ (Crowds), Baudelaire claimed that, ‘It is not given to everyone to take a bath in the multitude: to enjoy the crowd is an art’. In Rousseau’s romantic novel ‘Julie, or the New Heloise’, 1761, a young hero writes about a fast-paced city life where one must ‘adjust his spirit with every step.’ Hunter uses bright, graphic colours and crisp texts which echo designs from the Modernist era. Hunter explains his selection of text for this series: ‘I liked things that were a bit like instructions, but not very strident, more poetic’.

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  • artist:
  • title:
    Take a Bath in the Multitude Adjust your Soul with Every Step
  • date created:
    2007
  • materials:
    Screenprint on paper
  • measurements:
    75.30 x 54.00 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 2008
  • accession number:
    GMA 5006
  • gallery:
    View by Appointment

Kenny Hunter

Kenny Hunter