GENERAL IDEA, “SIGARBOX”, 1985

General Idea formed in 1969 in Toronto and over the next 30 some years, the trio made a remarkable and inimitable contribution to post-modern art. 

With their subversive approach and interest in parody and appropriation, General Idea addressed a broad range of social (and art-world) issues including consumerism, media consumption, the cult of the artist and AIDS.

Their work frequently merged the provocative with the banal. "Sigarbox" is prime example in which the collectable object can not only be acquired, but smoked! 

The work is made up of an elaborate box with its 10 cigars. The box shows the silhouette of two poodles urinating on a structure that seems to be on fire. The group started to replace the lion of the flag of the City of Ghent in the 1980s. The poodle is one of the defining icons in General Idea’s oeuvre, signifying a multitude of meanings.  

The block pyramid is another historical image/reference that hijacked by General Idea appearing as a pattern at the top border of "Self Immersion" .

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Wood-burning on wood box, metal, packaging label (offset on paper) and 10 cigars

Signed and numbered by the artist 

From an edition of 200

Published by Publishing House Bebert, Rotterdam

Produced of the boxed set of artists’ multiples From Source to Use, Contemporary Archaeology Pandora Part One 1985.

Very good condition. Detailed condition report by request. 

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