Jan 6, 2014

The Russian Ending: Vesuvio

The Russian Ending: Vesuvio


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Tacita Dean Peter Blum Edition

(British, b. 1965)


Sheet: 58.4 x 83.8 cm (23 x 33 in.)

Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2013.53.1

Edition: 4 of 35



The title of Tacita Dean’s portfolio comes from an early Danish cinema practice of producing films with alternate endings: a happy resolution would be created for the American audience and a disastrous one for the Russian market. The artist sourced the photographs from postcards she collected of natural or human-caused disasters. In the prints, she annotated the images with fictional filmmaker directions. While each print seems to represent a single movie still, Dean invites viewers to imagine the preceding narrative—as though it were part of a film—and decipher her handwritten clues to arrive at its ending.

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PR - Photogravure
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