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All the Paintings in the Museum

Book & slide-show

All the Paintings in the Museum presents the titles of all 1620 paintings in the collection of the Fitzwilliam museum (Cambridge, UK) as documented on the museum's website in early 2015.

 

The words have been detached from the images they support and from their data-sets of artists names, dates and materials. They are corralled into a regimented list made of language informed by art historical conventions, clichés and the idiosyncrasies of individual archivists. The majority of the paintings in the collection would not have been titled by the artists as the practice of giving artworks ‘official’ fixed titles was established by dealers, collectors and archivists as recently as the 1800s. 

This new grouping creates unexpected juxtapositions and suggested narratives while exposing similarities and anomalies. Some titles are unique, others find they are but one of many, some are just one word while others are over thirty words long. We are reminded that when subject to the systematisation of an archive, objects become to some extent a homogenized stream of data, fragments of a historic continuum. 

 

Perfect bound

Digital HP Indigo print on 118gsm Eggshell White iTone (interior) and 
320gsm Popset Black iTone (cover)


328 pages

15 x 15 cm


Edition of 50

1/7

The above video shows each title one at a a time for two seconds.

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