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   THE BRITISH ARE COMING   

Tom Phillips, Benches, 1971 (detail)
Phillips’ work often employs strategies that are purely theoretical. It often involves elements of chance and compositions that are not based aesthetic decisions, but instead are based on systems of his own device. Benches is composed completely in this way, from the selection of the portion of the postcard which provides the image, to the size and color of the stripes which complete the work. Phillips’ best known work is “A Humument,” an altered book which exists in several variations. Photo: PSAM

Thumbnail Image, Tom Phillips, Benches
    The majority of the prints in this exhibition are part of the permanent collection of Plattsburgh State Art Museum. I would like to thank Edward R. Brohel, the Director of the Museum, for allowing me the opportunity to look through the files and choose the works in this show and to David Driver, the Preparator, for looking in storage areas to locate these treasures. Ceil Esposito, Marge Coughlin and Mary Lou Beauharnois, of the museum staff, have proved to be of invaluable assistance in assembling this show and their help is much appreciated. Thanks also to Janet Riker and the State University at Albany for the loan of the Eduardo Paolozzi suite of prints General Dynamics F.U.N., as well as Turksche Musk, R. B. Kitaj, Nancy and Jim Dine or O’Neill Accuses Faulkner of Lack of Support, Malcolm Morley, S.S. Rotterdam, Arles and Miami, Gateway to America. As always, thanks to the Student Association, The Plattsburgh College Foundation Winkel Endowment Fund for their generous support of this exhibition.

W. David Powell
Guest Curator

Permission for the reproduction of artwork courtesy of Artists Rights Society © 2006 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London.
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(ARS), Permission for the reproduction of artwork courtesy of Artists Rights Society © 2006 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London.
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