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Title

Three men in cravats triptych


Artist

Francis Alÿs

Belgium, Mexico

1959 -


About

Francis Alÿs’ work is at once surreal and anchored in everyday experiences of city life. Much of his work occurs in or directly references urban streets and has a peculiar, awkward charm that highlights the strangeness of the ordinary.

Both ‘New York triptych’ and ‘Three men in cravats triptych’ draw upon the vernacular of Mexican sign painting, blurring the boundaries between commercial and fine art practices. Taking up the themes of repetition and authenticity, these works are collaborative, with Alÿs making a small painting that local sign painters then reproduce on a larger scale, each painter inevitably imbuing the image with their own subtle shifts in style and scale.


Details


Date

1995


Media category

Painting


Materials used

triptych: oil on board, enamel on metal series consisting of one painting by Francis Alÿs and two sign paintings by Juan Garcia and Emilio Rivera


Dimensions

a) 30.0 x 21.2 x 1.4 cm b) 122.0 x 92.0 x 2.0 cm c) 65.0 x 80.5 x 6.0 cm :

a - oil on board; 30 x 21.2 x 1.4 cm

b - enamel on metal; 122 x 92 x 2 cm

c - enamel on metal; 65 x 80.5 x 6 cm


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. verso panel a, black fibre-tipped pen "Francis Alÿs.../ ...1995". Signed and dated l.r. verso panel c, black fibre-tipped pen "FRANCIS ALŸS/.../... 1995". Signed and dated right edge verso panel c, black fibre-tipped pen "...Francis Alÿs... 1995".


Credit

John Kaldor Family Collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales


Location

Not on display


Accession number

L2010.5.a-c


Artist information

Francis Alÿs

Works in the collection

14


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Adam Free, Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Adelaide, 2003, 42 (colour illus.), 60.

Wayne Tunnicliffe (Editor), John Kaldor family collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2011, 170, 172-173 (colour illus.).