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A Polari Etymology According to a Diagrammatic by Alfred H. Barr (1936) (2013)

A Polari Etymology According to a Diagrammatic by Alfred H. Barr (1936) (2013)


Framed - Screenprint on 280 gsm Somerset Velvet paper edition - paper size 76 x 56 cm


The form of this work uses a diagram created by Alfred H. Barr, founder of MOMA and used for the catalogue cover for the ground-breaking exhibition ‘Cubism & Abstract Art’ in 1936. Barr’s diagram supposedly justifies the predominance of abstract art as a natural and inevitable progression from the late 19th century to the 1930’s. At the time Barr’s ideas were considered as gospel, as the first real proponent of the white cube as the space in which to exhibit contemporary art. My personal take on a Polari etymology is, I suspect, as full of mistakes, blind alleys and irrelevancies as Barr’s original.


Previously exhibited: The John Rylands Library Manchester, Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre,The Walker Art Gallery Liverpool, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, The People’s History Museum.


Collections: Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre, The Government (UK) Art Collection, The Leslie Lohman Museum NYC, The Walker Art Gallery Liverpool (purchased via Art Find), private collections in the UK and USA.


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