Observatory

Catherine Yass (1963 - )

Colour transparency and light-box

2000

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  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Germany
    City: Berlin
    Place: British Embassy

    Catherine Yass produced "Observatory" and another work, "Pavilion", for the British Embassy in Berlin. Its subject is the Einstein Tower in Berlin, designed by Erich Mendelsohn in 1920. This photographic image was taken through a mirror, looking up through a series of lenses inside the tower. Yass has commented on how this image is like the camera's self-portrait, with one mechanism looking at another. The heightened, intense colours of her works are produced by superimposing positive and negative transparencies onto one another and making tonal adjustments during the printing process. Catherine Yass was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2002.

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  • Details
    Title
    Observatory
    Date
    2000
    Medium
    Colour transparency and light-box
    Dimensions
    height: 97.30 cm, width: 134.00 cm, depth: 12.70 cm
    Acquisition
    Commissioned from the artist, July 2000
    Provenance
    the artist
    GAC number
    17496