British export in Brazil


While nosing around in the land of tea and crumpets, I checked out the British Arts Council’s webpage. Apparently, one thing they’re famous for is exporting British art and artists to venues across the globe. (Arts colonialism?)

I especially like the page on Rachel Whiteread’s art going to Brazil.

I wonder how that sickly pink hot water bottle (image, “Untitled, Pink Torso, 1991),a necessity 30 years ago for heating a cold British bed) was received in Brazil.

Without the cold weather context the object seems a stylized tumor, sick and not a little creepy (which I guess it is).


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