Dexter DalwoodSituationist Apartment May '68 2001

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Dexter Dalwood (born 1960)
Situationist Apartment May '68
Date 2001
MediumOil paint and chalk on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 2464 x 3552 x 53 mm
Acquisition Purchased 2002
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 2000


This large painting depicts a room with black walls covered in white chalk scrawls. A mattress made up with a white sheet and pillowcases and a sprawling white duvet lies on the dark rug which covers most of the wooden floor. Three red cushions are scattered in the foreground. Behind them, a partially open set of French doors reveals a section of an image of a face, depicted in enlarged black and white newsprint dots. The word ‘FREEDOM’ is painted in white on the black wall at the top of the painting in irregularly-spaced three-dimensional letters. The ‘d’ has been lowered on the wall, separating the word ‘free’ from its suffix. Situationist Apartment May ’68 is the imagined bedroom of the film-maker and philosopher Guy Debord (1931-1994), the leading figure in the Situationist International, a radical movement of artists, philosophers, and poets formed in Paris in 1957… (read more)

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