by Brian Griffin
bromide print, 1988
13 7/8 in. x 14 in. (354 mm x 357 mm)
Given by Brian Griffin, 2002
Sitterback to top
- Brian Griffin (1948-), Photographer. Sitter in 2 portraits, Artist of 36 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Brian Griffin (1948-), Photographer. Artist of 36 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Rideal, Liz, Insights: Self-portraits, 2005, p. 33 Read entry
The fur fringe around the artist’s hood bears a resemblance to eyelashes, suggesting the eye of the camera. Griffin’s clever manipulation of the viewer’s reading of his portrait is innovative. ‘I remember wanting to depict myself at the time as a spikey sea urchin. I guess it was taken ... when I didn’t want anyone to get near me, both psychologically or physically.’
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- A Question of Identity: Self-Portrait Photographs 1850-2000 (20 September 2005 - 29 January 2006)
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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