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.”
|Medium||Letterpress printed in black on white art paper|
|Dimensions||Unframed, 47 x 61 cm|
|Credit Line||IMMA Collection: Loan, Weltkunst Foundation, 1994|
|Item Number||L.1244.016 LW|
|Copyright||For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].|
English writer and artist Henry Bond graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London, in 1988. In 1990, Bond co-curated the exhibition ‘East Country Yard Show’, which was influential in forming the YBA art scene. His paparazzi-style photographic and video work from this time reference the consumerist values of London society. Bond has worked collaboratively with artists including Sam Taylor-Johnson and Liam Gillick. He has published four books on street photography and photographic theory.View Artist
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