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Feather from Freud's Pillow

Cornelia Parker

Feather from Freud's Pillow

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ArtistCornelia Parker (Born 1956)
TitleFeather from Freud's Pillow
Series TitleUp Down Charm Strange
Sub-title[From his couch] [With thanks to the Freud Museum]
Date1998
Mediumphotogram
ExhibitionKings Cross Culture, Central St. Martin's School of Art Gallery, 16/9-30/10 2010; "Government Art Collection: Selected by Cornelia Parker: Richard of York Gave Battle in Vain", Whitechapel Gallery, London 16/9-4/12/2011 [just 17329/4]; ‘Government Art Collection: Selected by Cornelia Parker: Richard of York Gave Battle in Vain’, Whitechapel Gallery, London 16 September to 4 December 2011; ‘Revealed: Government Art Collection’, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 17 November 2012 to 24 February 2013, Ulster Museum, Belfast 15 March to 9 June 2013 [for the Simon Schama section; another impression was borrowed for the Cornelia Parker section].
Edition number1/5
AcquisitionPurchased from Frith Street Gallery, June 1998
LocationUK, London, Cabinet Office, 70 Whitehall
GAC number17329/4
 

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Cornelia Parker's "Feather from Freud's Pillow" is a beautiful image in itself and points to wider concepts of time and place. It was taken from the psychoanalyst's famous couch at his London home. The feather is almost a relic, providing us with an entry point not only into the life of Freud, but also into the lives of his patients; if a feather could talk… Cornelia Parker is interested in the symbolic associations carried by objects. "Sometimes I find the tiniest bit of information the most evocative," she commented in an interview for her exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery in 1998.

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