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Title

Secret

2003

Artist

Joe Tilson

England

24 Aug 1928 –

  • Details

    Date
    2003
    Media category
    Assemblage
    Materials used
    wood, synthetic polymer paint
    Edition
    22/75
    Dimensions
    41.0 x 36.0 x 5.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated label c. verso, [inscribed on screen/plate] "TILSON/... /2003". Signed on label c. verso, pencil "Tilson".

    Credit
    Gift of Douglas Kagi 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    518.2018
    Copyright
    © Joe Tilson/DACS. Copyright Agency

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    Joe Tilson was one of the leading figures of British pop art. His experimental wood reliefs of the 1960s are witty and quirky and drew on American popular culture. Not entirely a painting or a sculpture, these ‘object paintings’ made from everyday materials and incorporating text were ground-breaking at the time.

    ‘Look’ 2002, ‘Ziggurat’ 2002 and ‘Secret’ 2003 are based on large painted wood reliefs he exhibited in the British pavilion at the 32nd Venice Biennale in 1964. Twelve works varying in size, some as large as 2 square metres, were exhibited. A skilled carpenter and joiner, Tilson carved and constructed the reliefs by hand.

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