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Head & Shoulders (with Conditioner) 2003

Jim Lambie (born 1964, Glasgow, Scotland, UK)

Head & Shoulders (with Conditioner)
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Copyright: Copyright The Artist; Courtesy of The Artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow

Glasgow-based artist Jim Lambie has seen a meteoric rise to his career recently, with exhibitions of his work in Edinburgh, at the Tate in London, and in Venice, where in 2003 he was one of three Scottish artists representing Scotland at the world's biggest contemporary art exhibition, the Venice Biennale. He was also nominated for the Turner Prize in 2005. Lambie's artworks are in the tradition of the Arte Povera movement of the 1960s, which held that art could and should be made from anything, including rubbish and discarded items of clothing. This work combines Lambie's two loves; music and colour. A series of album covers featuring portraits of pop stars and classical singers, are combined to provide a hilarious montage of bouffant-coiffed singers. Lambie gives the work a distinctively Scottish element, by including images of Scottish performers, such as Andy Stewart and Bill Torrance. Lambie covers all the text with tape, focusing attention on the faces and hairstyles, and transforming the sleeves into one massed image which is both humorous and beguiling.

Acquisition Details

Acquired from The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow, 2006
Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland which was originated and operated 2003-2006 by the Contemporary Art Society and supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.
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