Lambda C Type on Duratran
Dimensions of film strip: 6.75 cm x 37.5 cm
MDF Light box: 44.5 x 14 x 5 cm (included with artwork)
Edition of 20 works, accompanied by a signed certificate.
About the work
Rirkrit Tiravanija's limited edition Untitled (The Moon is the Best TV), (2014) was created in tribute to the late French filmmaker Chris Marker and accompanies his posthumous exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery, A Grin Without a Cat, 16 April - 22 June 2014. The edition takes the form of a photo transparency of several frames of a postcard from Nam June Paik, showing front and reverse, sent from Nam June Paik to Gregory Battcock and viewed by Tiravanija at an exhibition of Battocks' archive. The image, which was like a sunset over Paris, instantly made Rirkrit think of Chris Marker and a note that Paik had scribed to Battcock: ' It's trivia pushing towards the sublime', which turned Rirkrit's thoughts towards Chris Marker. Tiravanija was also interested in the idea of turning the simple images of the post cards in to a story and narrative through use of a still image.
The printed transparency is supplied with a wall-mountable Perspex and MDF light box for presentation purposes. Please note: the light boxes displaying these works are fabricated upon order placement, for this reason delivery may be slightly delayed.
About the artist
Tiravanija is renowned for his work with installation, often with a participatory element. His work often evades definition by media, functioning instead in a form that brings people together or elicits shared experience. This might be done by providing gallery visitors with an impromptu meal, or access to pirate television broadcasting equipment.
In 2003 the Smithsonian American Art Museum honoured Tiravanija with the Lucelia Artist Award, and in 2004 the Guggenheim Museum awarded him the Hugo Boss Prize in recognition of the intercultural exchange his work facilitates.
Tiravanija was born in Buenos Aires in 1961. He now lives and works primarily in Bangkok but also between New York, Berlin and Chiang Mai. He is represented by Brent Sikkema Gallery in New York.
Rirkrit's solo exhibitions include Demonstration Drawings, 2008 at the Drawing Center, New York, and Hugo Boss Prize 2004: Rirkrit Tiravanija, 2005 at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Selected group shows: 1984-1989 The Decade, Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz (2014) and Art Unlimited, Art Basel, Basel (2011). His work was featured in the Whitechapel Gallery exhibition Beautiful Productions Parkett (2000).
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