THE CAMPAIGN FOR BETTER LETTER WRITING

The Art of Post

In Post Art on March 21, 2009 at 2:52 pm

Wandering around London, I sometimes come across post in art or the art of posting. Like this picture by Peter Doig at Tate’s recent retrospective. Called Hitch Hiker and painted at the end of the eighties, the label describes its medium as “Oil on Postal Bags” and up-close you can see them too. Gorgeousness.

hitch-hiker-oil-on-postal-bags

Then there’s Oswald by Gerhard Richter (on at the National Portrait Gallery at the moment). I don’t think it’s meant to be of a postman delivering a letter, but it looks like it could be. (In fact, the Oswald could refer to Lee Harvey Oswald – but ambiguity is something Richter cherishes.)

oswald

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