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Potato Print Model 1, 1967

Graphic work (editions), 52 x 67.5 cm
The Potato Prints record the physical transformation of a potato in a Perspex box. They conform to a portrait of its form as it loses weight and volume. Based on the physical model of entropy, used to gauge changes in the weather, the work places the potatoes in an experimental situation to measure the changes in their configuration. The process reminds us of the novel by Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, except that, in this case, the eponymous character who made a pact with the devil to achieve eternal youth is reduced to a tuber. In these prints, Wilde’s allegory on human corruption is translated into a critique of artistic and temporal permanence.

Technical details

Original title:
Potato Print Model 1
Registration number:
5241
Artist:
Art & Language
Date created:
1967
Date acquired:
2010
Fonds:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
Object type:
Graphic work (editions)
Media:
Lithography on paper
Dimensions:
52 x 67.5 cm (height x width)
Edition number:
Ed. 5/50 + X P.A.
Credits:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium. Gift of Philippe Méaille
Copyright:
© Art&Language
It has accessibility resources:
No

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