by Gerald Scarfe
pen and indian ink, 1988
33 1/8 in. x 23 1/2 in. (842 mm x 595 mm)
Given by Gerald Scarfe, 1998
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- Rideal, Liz, Insights: Self-portraits, 2005, p. 90 Read entry
Scarfe here caricatures his own profession by depicting himself in a classic harlequin outfit, as a jester. The implication is that he exerts outside social norms, not governed by the rules of the game. He gives himself the same harsh treatment as he gives the public figures whom he lampoons in his caricatures.
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 550
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Events of 1988back to top
Current affairsA Pan Am jumbo jet is brought down by a bomb over Lockerbie in Scotland, killing 259 passengers and 11 people on the ground. The Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary launched Britain's largest criminal investigation before convicting a Libyan intelligence officer of planting the bomb.
Art and scienceProfessor Stephen Hawking publishes his popular book on cosmology, A Brief History Of Time.
Damien Hirst and his fellow Goldsmiths students organise the exhibition Freeze in a disused block in the Docklands. The exhibition launched the careers of many of the young British artists (YBAs) associated with Brit Art including Gary Hume, Michael Landy, Sarah Lucas, Angus Fairhurst, and Anya Gallaccio.
InternationalIraq drops poison gas on the Iraqi Kurdish city of Halabja, killing thousands of civilians. The city was held at the time by Iranian forces and Iraqi Kurdish rebels, although there was initially some debate over which side was responsible for the atrocity. It was the largest-scale chemical attack on civilians in modern times.
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