CHRISTIAN MARCLAY | MEMENTO (UB40)
a unique object, mural-sized cyanotype, signed and dated on the reverse, framed, a Paula Cooper Gallery label on the reverse, 2008
55 by 102½ in. (139.7 by 260.4 cm.)
While this unique cyanotype, on 156 lb cold press Aquarelle Arches paper, has not been examined out of its frame, it appears to be in overall excellent condition. The color remains bright and saturated, with no apparent fading.
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Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
cf. Cyanotypes: Christian Marclay (Zurich, 2011), pl. 34
In his 2008 series Memento, Marclay contemporizes the 19th-century cyanotype technique to beguilingly beautiful result. By recording the unravelling of cassette tapes across a monumental blue expanse, an outmoded format for listening to music received one final airing. The swags and tangles of unspooled tape bring to mind 1940s and ‘50s gestural abstraction. Its monochromatic palette points toward 1960s and ‘70s minimalism, while Marclay's musical selections are decidedly 1980s and '90s in orientation. This particular work is dedicated to the British pop/reggae band UB40, a radio staple in the 1980s.