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Watteau is a Shyster by Bob & Roberta Smith

Watteau is a Shyster by Bob & Roberta Smith
Accession Code: wu0847
Title: Watteau is a Shyster
Date completed: 2001
Medium: Painting
Location Name: Arts Centre
Location Description: National Grid Room
Location Floor:1

This and the other four works in the collection are from a series in which Bob and Roberta Smith said he was “kind of undermining that idea of the hero artist, but also kind of admiring his achievements”. The appearance and layout reflect traditional signwriting but with a casual, freehand style which helps to undermine any risk of pretentiousness in conceptual art.