Officially unveiled within the hallowed and pompous marble halls of Tate Britain today, the six winning
Olympic posters – a mini genre traditionally associated with the run-up to the games. Focusing on two
of the works, now plastered on sundry walls over London and sold in limited edition print runs at
several hundred pounds sterling a piece…. ker-ching.
New Dada artist Dingo‘s October 10th work Bank of Formica Topboard (crop), alongside Turner prize-winning artist Rachel Whiteread’s Olympic poster, which she connects somewhat tenuously with future memories of medal-winning celebrations in mind, hence the multiple drinks glasses/bottles ring marks upon a white ( Formica?) surface. Hmm.
And, far right, the legendary Olympic rings brand, indicating the amount of novel thought involved in the poster’s creation.
At any rate, Whiteread’s rather drab effort still appears to be getting all the merits for “most original” of the 6 posters, that have
overall received something of a pasting from art critics.
Another of Dingo’s creations, Nowt ( “New Dada blue period” ) from a year ago ( far left ) … and painter Howard Hodgkin’s winning Olympic poster ” Swimming”. ( *nb. note the identical shades of blue that Hodgkin used, as well as ultra simplicity of the work ).
Linkback to the gallery page
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London Bridge, November 5th 2011.