Paul Hartigan

Flower Polaroid

1993
polaroid
90mm x 70mm

signed Paul Hartigan and dated 1993 in ink verso

Provenance

Acquired directly from the artist.

Essay

With the Flower Polaroids from 1993 Paul Hartigan flipped an artistic bird, and aimed it at several targets. Firstly, he disobeyed the writers of those irritating manua...

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Estimate $1,000 - $2,000
Achieved $996.65

Paul Hartigan

Flower Polaroid

1993

polaroid

signed Paul Hartigan and dated 1993 in ink verso

90mm x 70mm

Auction N˚2

Estimate $1,000 - $2,000

Achieved $820.75

Flower Polaroids

by Don Abbott

With the Flower Polaroids from 1993 Paul Hartigan flipped an artistic bird, and aimed it at several targets. Firstly, he disobeyed the writers of those irritating manuals that arrive with the purchase of every new electronic device, and did not push the eject button after each self-timed exposure as instructed, preferring to create layers of images, as he had done in his paintings that emulated neon light.

Second, these works were a soft, lustrous, milky letter of protest to the French government about their testing at Mururoa Atoll (as if they noticed), in which he transformed the Phoenix palms at the Auckland Domain into floral nuclear explosions.