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||47 x 61 cm|
|Credit Line||IMMA Collection: Loan, Weltkunst Foundation, 1994|
|Item Number||L.1244.16 LW|
|Not on view|
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