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Thomas Schütte. United Enemies, A Play in Ten Scenes. 1994
Thomas Schütte

United Enemies, A Play in Ten Scenes

1994
Not on view
Medium
Portfolio of ten offset lithographs, eight with ink additions
Dimensions
composition (each): 25 3/16 x 37 1/4" (63.9 x 94.6 cm); sheet (each): 27 1/16 x 38 3/4" (68.8 x 98.4 cm)
Publisher
Yves Gevaert Éditeur, Brussels
Printer
Photogravure Steurs, Antwerp
Edition
35
Credit
Committee on Prints and Illustrated Books Fund
Object number
130.2012.1-10
Copyright
© 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Type
Portfolio

Schütte produced the prints in United Enemies, A Play in Ten Scenes soon after he began the sculptures on which they are based, and they are a primary example of how the artist's printmaking and sculpture inform one another. Schütte formed the small-scale figures (titled United Enemies) from Fimo polymer modelling clay, dressed them in various fabrics, and bound pairs of them together with cord. He then photographed each pair spotlit against a black background, and cropped and enlarged the images to make the prints (in which he added a speck of white ink by hand to the iris of each eye). Described by the artist as a "definitive model for a permanent situation," the project suggests universal themes: the complexity of human relations and encounters between friends and foes.

Gallery label from New to the Print Collection: Matisse to Bourgeois, June 13, 2012–January 7, 2013
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