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Observatory

Catherine Yass

Observatory

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ArtistCatherine Yass (Born 1963)
TitleObservatory
Date2000
MediumColour transparency and light-box
Provenancethe artist
Dimensionsheight: 97.30 cm, width: 134.00 cm, depth: 12.70 cm
AcquisitionCommissioned from the artist, July 2000
LocationGermany, Berlin, British Embassy
GAC number17496
 

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Catherine Yass produced "Observatory" and another work, "Pavilion", for the British Embassy in Berlin. Its subject is the Einstein Tower in Berlin, designed by Erich Mendelsohn in 1920. This photographic image was taken through a mirror, looking up through a series of lenses inside the tower. Yass has commented on how this image is like the camera's self-portrait, with one mechanism looking at another. The heightened, intense colours of her works are produced by superimposing positive and negative transparencies onto one another and making tonal adjustments during the printing process. Catherine Yass was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2002.

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