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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1989,0513.84

  • Description

    'Kathakali dancers, Cochin'; crowd of figures in foreground, dancers and drummers on stage at r, a figure in costume standing at left, other figures sitting on the ground, buildings behind. 1988 Coloured chalks; on two conjoined sheets

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  • Date

    • 1988
  • Materials

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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 245 millimetres
    • Width: 533 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    The artist wrote to Frances Carey on 28/2/89 to explain the background to 1989-5-13-84, 85 and 86. He writes "In the winter of 1987-8, I spent 3 months based in Ahemedabad, India, (where I was given a house and studio). Then, in mid-December, I set off south, with Judith, on a two-week lecture tour, beginning in Cochin. I'd long been attracted to the Keralan dance-drama, KATHAKALI, with its noisy and grotesque spectacle. (Troupes came to London in the sixties; and I'd also seen them on earlier visits to India). At the Malabar hotel, our room opened breathtakingly onto the ocean. The first day, I lay on the bed and looked through my 'monocular' (I have slightly divergent eyes, so binoculars are unsatisfatory). My left eye plunged me close to the island opposite; but there was still peripheral vision from my right, and I could see Judith over by the window. Soon I got up, and, using the wooden cupboard as my easel, set up a piece of grey hand-made paper for a pastel. The image grew through the four days of our stay; and I continued to work on it back in Ahemdabad, in January. I'd already drawn Kathakali dancers at Evnakulam; but I learnt on the final day, there'd be a performance that evening, all through the night, at the Mattancherri temple. We arranged to stay one more night; and found seats on the tarpaulin, before the crowd gathered. Soon it became an astonishing scene. I kept on drawing until almost midnight. (The present one shows a corner of the Mattancherri palace, the temple, a tower of loudspeakers, and one side of the stage). In the New Year, installed in a beach-hotel near Tuirandrum (where I was lecturing) I set out to recreate this experience in another pastel. Its division makes explicit the tension of my wide angle of vision, incorporating dancers and audience as I scan between them".

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  • Location

    BH/FF10/British Framed PIX

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    11 July 1994

    Treatment proposal

    Remove tapes. Hold 2 halves with Japanese paper strip. Inlay. Stamp, mount imperial, stamp mount, to be framed.

    Condition

    Two halves of support hinged together with paper tape (verso) and Blu-Tack between the two sheets.

    Treatment details

    Paper hinges and adhesive residue removed with a Cellofas B3500 (sodium carboxymethyl cellulose) poultice and moist cotton wool swabs. Blu-Tack removed mechanically with a scalpel. Two halves rejoined with a strip of Inoshi Japanese paper adhered with Abra wheat starch paste. Pressed between felts under glass. Inlaid using Japanese paper strips and Cellofas B3500 (sodium carboxymethyl cellulose) adhesive.

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1989

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1989,0513.84

'Kathakali dancers, Cochin'; crowd of figures in foreground, dancers and drummers on stage at r, a figure in costume standing at l, other figures sitting on the ground, buildings behind. 1988
Coloured chalks; on two conjoined sheets

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'Kathakali dancers, Cochin'; crowd of figures in foreground, dancers and drummers on stage at r, a figure in costume standing at l, other figures sitting on the ground, buildings behind. 1988 Coloured chalks; on two conjoined sheets

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