Joe Tilson at The Venice Biennale 2019

For the 58th Biennale, Swatch presents Joe Tilson: With Love from Venice. Joe Tilson has created a site-specific installation at the Giardini titled The Flags and a limited-edition watch which depicts his art as it is produced; pencil outlines remain visible and geometric patterns in yellow, red and blue tones strikingly convey the origins of his acrylic-on-paper artwork.

The Flags are three enlarged paintings from Tilson’s collection The Stones of Venice that continue drawing upon Tilson’s love and knowledge of the city he has visited for over 60 years. A familiar face as well to La Biennale Arte – Tilson represented Great Britain at the 32nd International Art Exhibition back in 1964 – the British artist combines images from his favorite Venetian church facades, geometric patterns on stone flooring, and written inscriptions in this work. The 24 double-sided flags are aligned in three rows and measure impressive 150 x 285 cm each. Tilson emanates from a desire to ground himself in timeless, ancient systems of thought, and ways of making sense of the world.

 

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For the 58th Biennale, Swatch presents Joe Tilson: With Love from Venice. Joe Tilson has created a site-specific installation at the Giardini titled The Flags and a limited-edition watch which depicts his art as it is produced; pencil outlines remain visible and geometric patterns in yellow, red and blue tones strikingly convey the origins of his acrylic-on-paper artwork.

The Flags are three enlarged paintings from Tilson’s collection The Stones of Venice that continue drawing upon Tilson’s love and knowledge of the city he has visited for over 60 years. A familiar face as well to La Biennale Arte – Tilson represented Great Britain at the 32nd International Art Exhibition back in 1964 – the British artist combines images from his favorite Venetian church facades, geometric patterns on stone flooring, and written inscriptions in this work. The 24 double-sided flags are aligned in three rows and measure impressive 150 x 285 cm each. Tilson emanates from a desire to ground himself in timeless, ancient systems of thought, and ways of making sense of the world.

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