GENERAL IDEA "BLAN© / BLAN© / BLAN©", 1991
General Idea's appropriation of Robert Indiana's "LOVE" is the most iconic and daring work from their oeuvre.
The hijacked design was realized in a variety incarnations; from jewellery to public transportation advertising, from stamps to even wallpaper.
General Idea formed in 1967 and over the next four decades made a significant contribution in defining postmodern and conceptual art.
Initially, GI critiqued and explored themes including the cult of the artist, consumerism and copyright. At the onset of the AIDS crisis in the early 1980s, the illness and the apathy/ignorance toward it became a dominant motif culminating in this work (and its multiple siblings).
Sadly the history of GI's version of AIDS took on extra gravitas and tragedy as two of the members, Felix Partz and Jorge Zontal died of AIDS in 1994.
General Idea's surviving member, AA Bronson, continues to practice as an independent artist and oversees the representation and exhibition of General Idea’s work internationally.
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Screenprint on wallpaper in cardboard tube with plastic caps, label (offset, embossing on paper)
Signed and numbered by the artist
29"H 2"W (tube)
27"H 1.6"W (roll)
180"H x 27"W (unrolled)
Edition of 35 + APs
Published by Kölnischer Kunstverein,Cologne
Note: Produced as a fundraising edition for the Kölmischer Kunstverein. This is a white-on-white version of the AIDS Wallpaper.
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