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Julian Dashper

Value and originality

These three works may look identical, but one is a photograph, and the other two are paintings of the photograph. They raise the question of how making multiple copies of a painting, or a unique photograph, affects their value. 

The works are also about painting as a concept. Julian Dashper was responding to painter Kasimir Malevich’s (1878–1935) view that with Black square (1915) he had ended representational painting. Dashper disagreed, suggesting that by leaving a white frame around Black square Malevich turned it into a painting of a black square.

One of the leading artists of his generation, Julian Dashper died in 2009.

These three works are on display in the Collecting Contemporary exhibition from June to December 2011.

This text was prepared for the Collecting Contemporary exhibition, June 2011.

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