Venice Kimono

Hamilton, Anthea
Anthea Hamilton’s work often brings together seemingly opposing concepts. Venice Kimono, developed for the artist’s solo exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester in 2012, is the culmination of Hamilton’s research into Venetian architecture, 1970s disco and Japanese Kabuki theatre. Of Kabuki theatre, Hamilton has said: ‘It was the most arresting visual experience that I could think of, simultaneously decorative and pragmatic’. Of her frequent use of pop-culture images – such as these photographs of John Travolta, whose face adorns the back of the Venice Kimono – Hamilton has said: ‘Images complicate by their simple appearance: it is quotation, reference, collage, homage all in one’.
  • Artwork Details: 300 x 300 x 44cm
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  • Material description: Digital print on silk viscose satin, cotton, cotton rope, brushed steel, string, wood
  • Credit line: Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © the artist.
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  • Accession number: ACC5/2014



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