*1922 in London, UK; †2011 in London, UK
Screenprint and collage70 x 95 cm
"If the artist is not to lose much of his ancient purpose, he may have to plunder the popular arts to recover the imagery which is his rightful inheritance." That statement, made in 1961, anticipates the artist’s use in the 60s of press photography, which he transfigures through the application of colour.
Swingeing London 67 is produced from a newspaper photo showing Mick Jagger and his friend Robert Fraser in handcuffs, having been charged with the possession of drugs. The title is a pun on the swinging London of the 1960s and the judge’s call for a "swingeing" sentence (British term for "extreme and having a serious and unpleasant effect").
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