GENERAL IDEA "DR. BRUTE SHIELD" SCREENPRINT, 1987
General Idea was founded in Toronto in 1967 by AA Bronson (b. 1946), Felix Partz (1945-1994), and Jorge Zontal (1944-1994). Over the course of 25 years, they made a significant contribution to postmodern and conceptual art in Canada and beyond.
The group was both prolific and multi-disciplinary long before it became de rigueur. They with photography, sculpture, painting, mail art, video, installation, multiples, and performance.
With their subversive approach and interest in parody and appropriation, General Idea addressed a broad range of social (and art-world) issues such as the cult of the artist, mass media, queer identity, and consumerism.
Thematic continuity was a key element in General Idea's work. Early on they introduced talismans or logos that they would revisit and re-envision, including skulls, ziggurats, and poodles.
This bold print comes from "Fear Management": a set of 8 prints that celebrates some of General Idea's defining and most beloved motifs by situating them on a crest. This showcases their clever blend of historical fantasy and invented patrimony.
Many of these self-mythologizing crests debuted in 1986 during their exhibition at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo entitled: The Armoury of the 1984 Miss General Idea Pavillion.
"Dr. Brute Shield" offers a fluorescent yellow and black leopard-patterned crest on a hand-painted backdrop. This iconic pattern is borrowed from the group's colleague and frequent collaborator, Eric Metcalfe, whose alter-ego "Mr. Brute" was synonymous with the same daring motif.
This distinctive imagery draws inspiration from two prior works: "The Dr. Brute Colonnade (Dominant Imagery)" (1975) and "The Dr. Brute Colonnade and Drop Ceiling Detail" (1975), both of which showcase Metcalfe as Mr. Brute.
Individual prints from "Fear Management" rarely come to market. While we are offering this specific print individually, we also have a complete unframed set available for purchase.
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"Dr. Brute Shield" from the "Fear Management" series.
Signed and numbered by the artist.
From an edition of 50
33"H 22"W (work)
35.5"H 24.25"W (framed)
Very good condition
Minor wear to period frame
Note: this work is sold individually. Please contact us if you are interested in "Fear Management" a complete set of 8 prints.
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