commissioned for the cover shoot of 'Shock Of The New' and as a sly dig
at 'Equivalent VIII' -the pretentious name for a pile of bricks by Carl
Andre which the Tate originally paid £6,000 for in 1972. Andres
experiments with creating sculpture without cutting into the material
in fact dates back to 1969, but there was so little interest in the works
that nobody bought it. As far as the bricks were concerned he returned
them back to the Long Island brickworks and got his money back.
My personal memory of this was of a picture in the tabloids of a school class being shown it in the gallery with a teacher pointing at the work and obviously explaining it. Some of the kids were suppressing laughing or laughing behind their hands, proving a) that they understood it and he didn't, b) if you have to explain it, it doesn't work, and c) you don't have to be an artist to judge a painting!
And some other Radio Times covers...