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Untitled

Artist:
Nigel Henderson (British, 1917–1985)
Date:
1954
Medium:
Photograph with cut, torn and pasted printed papers and photographs
Dimensions:
15 x 11 7/8 in. (38.1 x 30.2 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Bequest of William S. Lieberman, 2005
Accession Number:
2007.49.48
Not on view
A technically intricate layering of collage, photomontage, and photography contributes to this schematic head’s unsettlingly aggressive impact. A member of London’s Independent Group, Henderson is best known for his experimental photograms and stressed photographs and for his contributions to the 1956 This is Tomorrow exhibition. Henderson was inspired by Dada photomontage and Surrealist collage, which he encountered firsthand through his mother’s work with Peggy Guggenheim’s Guggenheim Jeune gallery in late 1930s London. He subsequently became a vital source of information about Dada and Surrealism for fellow Independent Group artists Eduardo Paolozzi and Richard Hamilton, whose intensive engagement with Marcel Duchamp’s oeuvre took off when Henderson loaned him his copy of the Green Box.
Signature: Signed (L.L. in pen and ink): Nigel Henderson '54
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Paper Trails: Selected Works from the Collection, 1934–2001," July 19–November 27, 2011, no catalogue.

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