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September 29October 04, 2018
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LOT 172

Lot 172

GENERAL IDEA (1969-1994)

GENERAL IDEA (1969-1994)
Lot 172 Details
GENERAL IDEA (1969-1994), Canadian

AIDS, 1987

Colour silkscreen; signed and dated “General Idea, 1987” in the plate lower left edge, signed “General Idea” and dated “1987” in black felt-tip pen lower left edge
Sheet 27 x 27 in — 68.6 x 68.6 cm

Estimate $300-$400

Realised: $4,200
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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GENERAL IDEA (1969-1994)
  • GENERAL IDEA (1969-1994)
  • GENERAL IDEA (1969-1994)

The Estate of Helen (Mellow) Zinkargue, Toronto


General Idea created a distinct pop-inspired style which challenged contemporary notions of aesthetic and counter-culture. Contemporary media encompassing video, performance, publishing, painting, sculpture, installation, and even a beauty pageant was used as a form of art to subvert traditional techniques, critique the art world and understand why media and aesthetic form culture. Best known for their 1987 re-design of Robert Indiana's "Love" into a quadrant symbol spelling "AIDS,” General Idea gained popular exposure as the colourful repeating logo was transformed into paintings, prints and posters seen around the world.


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LOT 172

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  • 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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