Box for portfolio

Joe Tilson (1928 - )

Stained, painted and stenciled wood portfolio box

2005

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  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Cabinet Office, 70 Whitehall
  • About the artist
    Joe Tilson is known for his paintings, prints and constructions. He was born in London in 1928 and began his working life as a carpenter, before serving in the Royal Air Force between 1946 and 1949. He studied in London at St Martin’s School of Art (1949–1952) and at the Royal College of Art (1952–1955), where Peter Blake was a fellow student. He was awarded the Rome Prize and lived in Italy from 1955 to 1957. On his return to Britain he taught at St Martin’s from 1958 to 1963 and also at the Slade School of Art in London, the School of Visual Arts in New York, and the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg. His first solo exhibitions were held in the early 1960s and his work attracted international attention when it was shown at the Venice Biennale in 1964. He was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1985 and was made a full Academician in 1991. More recently, he has exhibited THE FLAGS, a site-specific installation for the Swatch Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale, combining images from Venetian church facades, geometric patterns on stone flooring, and written inscriptions. His works can be found in a large number of collections around the world, including Tate and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He divides his time between Britain and Tuscany.
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  • Details
    Title
    Box for portfolio
    Date
    2005
    Medium
    Stained, painted and stenciled wood portfolio box
    Dimensions
    height: 56.60 cm, width: 41.30 cm, depth: 5.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Alan Cristea Gallery, March 2006
    Inscription
    on box cover (stenciled): LE / NOVE / MUSE / TILSON / VERONA
    Provenance
    Alan Cristea Gallery, London
    GAC number
    18070/A