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Untitled (Ben) (from the series 1968 and Other Myths) (2010)

Magnus Quaife

watercolour on paper

Museum & Art Swindon


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Drawing and Watercolour


Watercolour, Paper


50 x 70 cm

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Presented by the Contemporary Art Society, 2014

Ownership history:

Purchased from WORKS|PROJECTS, Bristol by the Contemporary Art Society, 20 January 2014; presented to Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, 2013/14


Museum & Art Swindon
As the 40th anniversary of the epoch-making events of May 1968 approached, Quaife embarked on a series of over 30 paintings which would take him three years to complete. The works in 1968 and Other Myths depict recognisable and iconic images from the 1968 student revolts as well as tangentially related ones, found through online research or via other unsystematic channels. The series has a relationship with history painting, although Quaife’s chosen medium of watercolour is unusual for such a potentially charged subject: it suggests the evanescence of the historical moment rather than its memorialising.

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery’s collection focuses on major artists and movements of 20th and 21st century British art. The Contemporary Art Society has presented Swindon Museum and Art Gallery with three watercolour paintings from the series 1968 and Other Myths. Quaife’s concerns with subverting straightforward representation, reproduction and the relationship between source and artwork provide the potential for an interesting dialogue with work by Richard Hamilton, John Walker and Richard Long in Swindon’s collection.

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