A Pair of Glasses

Cornelia Parker (1956 - )

photogravure on paper


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    Country: Singapore
    City: Singapore
    Place: British High Commission

    Two smoked clear drinking glasses lie centred flat on a white ground, facing opposite sides. Their feet do not exactly align which indicates that these are two distinct objects, rather than a reflected image. This print was made by Cornelia Parker to mark and celebrate twenty years of Ingrid Swenson’s tenure as director of PEER and her MBE Award for Services to the Arts in East London. The idea of mirrored and duplicated imagery has previously been explored by Parker in her work Rorschach series, of which the Government Art Collections owns Rorschach (Endless Column III) (2006). The artist invites us to make our own interpretation of a visual experience to see the poetry in the everyday and the elusive connections between things. She was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1997 and awarded an OBE in 2010 for services to British art.

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    A Pair of Glasses
    Number 28 in an edition of 50 plus 5 artist's proofs
    photogravure on paper
    height: 28.8 cm; width: 39.6 cm
    Purchased from PEER, January 2020
    recto: inscribed by the artist 'Cornelia Parker', bottom right; '28/50' bottom left
    PEER, London UK; from whom purchased by UK Government Art Collection, 8 January 2020
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