Contemporary Art

September 26October 01, 2020
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LOT 41

Lot 41

GENERAL IDEA (active 1967-1994)

GENERAL IDEA (active 1967-1994)
Lot 41 Details
GENERAL IDEA (active 1967-1994), Canadian


screenprint on mirror
signed and inscribed in marker

18 x 24 in — 45.7 x 61 cm

Estimate $2,000-$3,000

Realised: $1,920
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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GENERAL IDEA (active 1967-1994)
  • GENERAL IDEA (active 1967-1994)

Private Collection, Toronto


This lot is one of only a handful of silkscreened mirrors documenting the installation and filming of General Idea’s “Light On” (1971-74) which was a black and white investigation of space through light and mirrors. Video was a consistent medium for the group as it accompanied many of their performance projects throughout the 1970s. “Light On” involved the use of large mirrors which were manipulated to catch sunlight as it washed over surfaces such as drive-in movie screens, beaches, hillsides and Niagara Falls with the intent to manipulate viewer expectations. This lot was gifted to the present owner in thanks for assisting with transportation to the sites.


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LOT 41

About Condition Ratings

  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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