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Untitled (Macaulay) 2004

Adam McEwen (born 1965, London, England, UK)

Untitled (Macaulay)
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Copyright: Copyright Adam McEwen; Courtesy of the Artist and Nicole Klagsburn Gallery

Although British, Adam McEwen now lives in New York, where his work is inspired by the concepts of celebrity and stardom. Whilst still living in Britain, McEwen worked as an obituary writer for the Daily Telegraph. He put this expertise to good use in his art work, creating a series of enlarged, fake obituaries of living celebrities such as Bill Clinton, Nicole Kidman, Jeff Koons and in this example, the actor Macaulay Culkin. Such images are disturbing because they function as memento mori. They are shocking and humorous reminders of the transience of life, and perhaps, of celebrity. Their satirical flavour proved to be a hit when they were included in the 2006 Biennial Art Fair at New York's Whitney Museum.

Acquisition Details

Acquired from Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, 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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