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Also shown at:
'The Silk Purse Procedure, Arnolfini/Spike Island, Bristol, 26 May- 8 July 2001
 

PETER HARRIS ARCHIVE

   
 

Never Trust an Artist
collaboration with Bob and Roberta Smith

   
  oil and acrylic on canvas
   
  63 x 43 cm
 
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The Silk Purse Procedure posits equivocal authorship, suspect provenance and sacrifice at the heart of the endeavour to make art.  Untitled (Never Trust An Artist), by Peter Harris (in collaboration with Bob and Roberta Smith), is a witty riposte to the value of authenticity ascribed to painting and recalls an entire history of artworks made through the destruction or erasure of any earlier work, embodied by Robert Rauschenberg’s infamous Erased de Kooning Drawing, 1953.