Merlin Carpenter, ‘Scarface’, 2014, Painting, Acrylic on canvas, Simon Lee Gallery
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Merlin Carpenter

Scarface, 2014

Acrylic on canvas
84 × 84 in
213.4 × 213.3 cm
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Hong Kong, London
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Merlin Carpenter
British, b. 1967
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Merlin Carpenter explores the consumerism, fetishism, and elitism of the art world through stunt-like conceptual exhibitions. In his ongoing "The Opening" series, Carpenter signs blank canvases before each show's preview, producing the paintings only during the opening (generally resulting in black-on-white slurs against banks or collectors). He has also turned gallerists into studio assistants or had a collector reproduce 20 copies of an abstract painting. In the 2011 show “Heroes,” Carpenter's figurative paintings were accessible only to those who paid €5,000. For the general public, they could be seen as reproductions on a deck of cards.

Merlin Carpenter, ‘Scarface’, 2014, Painting, Acrylic on canvas, Simon Lee Gallery
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Merlin Carpenter
British, b. 1967
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Merlin Carpenter explores the consumerism, fetishism, and elitism of the art world through stunt-like conceptual exhibitions. In his ongoing "The Opening" series, Carpenter signs blank canvases before each show's preview, producing the paintings only during the opening (generally resulting in black-on-white slurs against banks or collectors). He has also turned gallerists into studio assistants or had a collector reproduce 20 copies of an abstract painting. In the 2011 show “Heroes,” Carpenter's figurative paintings were accessible only to those who paid €5,000. For the general public, they could be seen as reproductions on a deck of cards.

Merlin Carpenter

Scarface, 2014

Acrylic on canvas
84 × 84 in
213.4 × 213.3 cm
.
Contact For Price
Location
Hong Kong, London
Have a question? Visit our help center.
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