Three men in cravats triptych

Francis Alÿs1995

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Francis Alÿs’ work is at once surreal and anchored in everyday experiences of city life. Much of his work occurs in or directly references urban streets and has a peculiar, awkward charm that highlights the strangeness of the ordinary.

Both ‘New York triptych’ and ‘Three men in cravats triptych’ draw upon the vernacular of Mexican sign painting, blurring the boundaries between commercial and fine art practices. Taking up the themes of repetition and authenticity, these works are collaborative, with Alÿs making a small painting that local sign painters then reproduce on a larger scale, each painter inevitably imbuing the image with their own subtle shifts in style and scale.

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  • Title: Three men in cravats triptych
  • Creator: Francis Alÿs
  • Date Created: 1995
  • Physical Dimensions: a) 30.0 x 21.2 x 1.4 cm b) 122.0 x 92.0 x 2.0 cm c) 65.0 x 80.5 x 6.0 cm : a - oil on board; 30 x 21.2 x 1.4 cm b - enamel on metal; 122 x 92 x 2 cm c - enamel on metal; 65 x 80.5 x 6 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: John Kaldor Family Collection © Francis Alÿs. Courtesy Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich
  • Medium: triptych: oil on board, enamel on metal series consisting of one painting by Francis Alÿs and two sign paintings by Juan Garcia and Emilio Rivera
  • Signature & Date: Signed and dated l.r. verso panel a, black marker "Francis Alÿs.../ ...1995". Signed and dated l.r. verso panel c, black marker "FRANCIS ALŸS/.../... 1995". Signed and dated right edge verso panel c, black marker "...Francis Alÿs... 1995".
  • Collective Title: from the series Sign-painters project 1993-97
  • Artist Country: Belgium, Mexico


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