John CoplansSelf-Portrait (Back with Arms Above) 1984

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Artwork details

Artist
John Coplans (1920‑2003)
Title
Self-Portrait (Back with Arms Above)
Date 1984
MediumPhotograph, black and white, on paper
Dimensionsimage: 1213 x 935 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the American Fund for the Tate Gallery, courtesy of Marsha Plotnitsky 2000
Reference
P11671
Not on display

Summary

This is a black and white photograph of the artist’s back and hands with a surreal appearance. Cropped just below the top of the hips, Coplans’s back extends upwards in a solid rectangle, above which protrude two unexpectedly small, clenched fists. Curling himself round over his chest and belly, the artist hunched his shoulders inwards and bent his head down forwards so that it disappears. His shoulder blades form the gently contoured upper limit of the block. His wrists and hands emerge from this… (read more)

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