Thomas Schütte United Enemies, A Play in Ten Scenes 1994

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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.
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
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