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Henry Bond, b.1966


Henry Bond’s print takes the form of a travel review of the resort of Monaco, it outlines the social landscape emphasising exclusivity and luxury, highlighting dress codes, pastimes and fine dining – all hinged on the natural amenity of views of the sea. A witty linguistic trick results when the artist’s surname and ‘Monte Carlo’ are combined to result in ‘Monte Carlo Bond’; a reference to a multiple of the same title produced in 1924 by Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968) with which Duchamp hoped to raise funds to break the bank of Monte Carlo.

‘Other Men’s Flowers’ is a portfolio of textual works by 15 leading British based artists. Commissioned by Joshua Compston in 1994, works in the portfolio are restricted to letterpress printing and a standard scale of 47 x 61 cms. The title ‘Other Men’s Flowers’ is taken from a quote by French Renaissance writer Montaigne “I have gathered a garland of other men’s flowers and nothing is mine but the cord that binds them.”

MediumLetterpress printed in black on white art paper
Dimensions 47 x 61 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Loan, Weltkunst Foundation, 1994
Item NumberL.1244.16 LW
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
Henry Bond, Untitled, 1994, Letterpress printed in black on white art paper, 47 x 61 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Loan, Weltkunst Foundation, 1994

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Henry Bond b.1966

English writer and artist Henry Bond graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London, in 1988. He completed an MA in Psychoanalysis in 2001 and a Ph.D on the interpretation of crime scene photography in 2007. In 1990, Bond co-curated the exhibition ‘East Country Yard Show’, which was influential in the development of the YBA art scene. Bond produces paparazzi-style photographic and video work referencing the consumerist values of London society. He has also worked collaboratively with artists including Sam Taylor Wood and Liam Gillick. Bond has published two books of street photography, ‘The Cult of the Street’ (1998) and ‘Point and Shoot’ (2000), and written two books on photography, ‘Lacan at the Scene’ (2009) and ‘The Gaze of the Lens’ (2011).
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