Newsweek Series #15
Newsweek Series #15
1991
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War as a sophisticated expression of violence is a theme that runs through much of Francesc Torres’ work. If his fascination with speed and violence come from childhood memories, what was associated with play when he was a child here ends up being the subject of critical analysis in many of his installations, compositions and drawings as well. In the early 1980s, Torres picked up on images of luxury vehicles like Cadillacs and limousines, as well as army tanks, in his analysis of the behaviour of American culture. With a remarkable economy of means—these are coloured drawings—he explores the iconography of these kinds of machines, as they condense the militarism and institutionalised violence of Western civilization. With explicit references to the Spanish Civil War, he reveals the association between machine, speed, death and eroticism.

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original title
Newsweek Series #15
year of acquisition
2023
type of object
Photography
dimensions
Tríptic. 170 x 315 cm.
Copyright
© Francesc Torres, VEGAP, Barcelona
registration number
R.6632
date
1991
fonds
MACBA Collection. Long-term loan of the Barcelona City Council
media
Silver dye-bleach on polyester
credits
MACBA Collection. Long-term loan of Barcelona City Council. Gift of Rafael Tous
original title
Newsweek Series #15
registration number
R.6632
date
1991
year of acquisition
2023
fonds
MACBA Collection. Long-term loan of the Barcelona City Council
type of object
Photography
media
Silver dye-bleach on polyester
dimensions
Tríptic. 170 x 315 cm.
credits
MACBA Collection. Long-term loan of Barcelona City Council. Gift of Rafael Tous
Copyright
© Francesc Torres, VEGAP, Barcelona
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