Envy would praise his beauty, 2020


Envy would praise his beauty, 2020
Giclee print with silkscreen varnish
30.5 x 51.5 cm
Edition of 75
Signed and numbered by the artist 
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About the artwork 

This new and exclusive limited edition print has been commissioned for Studio Voltaire's Frieze 2020 presentation. The work is a part of a recent series based on the Greek myth of Myrrh who gets turned into a myrrh tree after having committed incest with her father. In the myth, Myrrha gives birth to Adonis from her trunk, he is both her son and her half-brother, "the most beautiful man in the world".  In the photomontage, the figure of Adonis has been multiplied and "queered", and features alongside anemones, which grew on the spot he died. The work also included an image of Sacheverell Sitwell's apartmen and there's a portrait of his sister, Edith Sitwell on the wall.

Each print of the photomontage has a silkscreen varnish applied giving a tactile finish to the edition.  The edition directly supports Studio Voltaire's exhibition, learning and studio programmes. 

About the artist

Linder (b. Liverpool, 1954; Lives and works in Heysham) recent exhibitions include Linderism, curated by Amy Tobin, Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge, UK (2020); Ever Standing Apart From Everything, Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London (2019); Her Grace Land, Chatsworth House, Derbyshire (2018); The House of Fame, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham (2018); Bower of Bliss, Glasgow Women's Library, Glasgow (2018); The Bower of Bliss, Art on the Underground, Southwark Station (2018); Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm, Sweden (2017); An Absence, A Presence, A Mood, A Mantle, Dependance, Brussels (2015); Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA (2013); Linder: femme/objet, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de ParisParis, France (2013); Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield, UK (2013); Tate St. Ives, St. Ives, Cornwall, UK (2013) and Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris (2013). Linder is represented by Modern Art/ Stuart Shave, London, Dependance, Brussels and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/ New York.

Studio Voltaire has been supporting artists for over twenty years, through our renowned programme of exhibitions, performances, events and education projects as well as providing affordable studios.

We have gained a reputation for championing both emerging and underrepresented artistic practices, often at key stage in the artist’s career. These have included Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Phyllida Barlow, Ruth Ewan, Elizabeth Price, Jo Spence, Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan, Richard Slee and Cathy Wilkes.

The gallery also provides an important UK platform for international artists, often providing them their first-ever presentation in the UK. These have included Nairy Baghramian, Thea Djordjadze, Nicole Eisenman, Judith Hopf, Paulina Olowska and Henrik Olesen.