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

Thomas Schütte

United Enemies, A Play in Ten Scenes


Not on view
Portfolio of ten offset lithographs, eight with ink additions
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)
Yves Gevaert Éditeur, Brussels
Photogravure Steurs, Antwerp
Committee on Prints and Illustrated Books Fund
Object number
© 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Drawings and Prints
This work is not on view.
There are 10 works in this portfolio online.
Thomas Schütte has 225 works online.
There are 17,184 prints online.

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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