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Derek Jarman, b.1942

Blind Date1992

Text became a prominent feature in Jarman’s large scale and later works, such as Blind Date, (1992). Helped by a team of assistants, these densely textured works were painted on a ground comprised of pages duplicated from tabloid newspapers. The defamatory headlines were obscured by layers of thickly worked paint, before being etched or finger painted with words and slogans. Often the statements scrawled into the works’ brightly coloured surfaces recycle slang and insults, a vocabulary deployed ironically with a view to highlight double meanings. The statements inscribed on the paintings’ surfaces create the effect of speaking out, engaging us in an energetic and open-ended dialogue.

MediumOil on Photocopy on canvas
Dimensions251 x 149 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2020, 2020
Item NumberIMMA.4191
Out on loan Narrow Gate of the Here-and-now: Queer Embodiment, East Wing, 30/07/2021 - 07/08/2022
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Derek Jarman, Blind Date, 1992, Oil on Photocopy on canvas, 251 x 149 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2020, 2020

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About the Artist

Derek Jarman 1942–1994

One of the most influential figures in twentieth-century British culture, Derek Jarman was an English film director, stage designer, diarist, artist, gardener, political activist and author. He was educated at the University of London and at the Slade School of Art.
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