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Stills from Simultaneous 4:07

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    1985 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rankin, Scott, born 1954 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    C-type colour photograph

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 514, case R1, shelf SH2, box X1014

Physical description

A colour photograph showing four still images from Scott Rankin's film 'Simultaneous' depicting the lower half of a woman's face. Each of the images is accompanied by text that when read together as a complete sentence reads: 'Read these words / Notice their shape / As you proceed from the beginning / of this sentance to the end, / you may be able to detect the / misspelled word in this sentance.'

Place of Origin

United States (made)


1985 (made)


Rankin, Scott, born 1954 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

C-type colour photograph

Marks and inscriptions

'Scott Rankin, 1985'
Signed and dated in ink

'Stills from Simultaneous 4:07, image / sound / text, © 1981 Scott Rankin'


Height: 40.5 cm, Width: 50.1 cm

Object history note

This print is from the portfolio '20/20', published in an edition of 58 (of which this is number 56) with catalogue, by the Department of Art, Dickson Art Center, University of California (UCLA), April 1985. The portfolio was devised to contain work by students who had completed the graduate photography programme at UCLA within the last twenty years. It was co-ordinated by Graham Howe and Jack Butler and designed by Karen Bowers with the catalogue introduction by Robert F. Heinecken. The other artists included in the portfolio are Gillian Brown, Jack Butler, Jo Ann Callis, Judy Coleman, Darryl J. Curran, John Divola, William Doherty, Sidney Doniger, Robbert Flick, Jeff Gates, Graham Howe, Paul Knotter, Victor Landweber, Kenneth McGowan, Philip Melnick, Patrick Nagatani, Karen O'Hearn, Pat O'Neill, Sheila Pinkel, Scott Rankin, Kenneth Shorr and Elfie Wilkins-Nacht.

Descriptive line

Photograph by Scott Rankin, 'Stills from Simultaneous 4:07' from the portfolio '20/20', C-type colour photograph, USA, 1985

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints, Drawings and Paintings Accession Register for 1991


Photographic paper



Subjects depicted

Film stills; Woman; Face; Video art




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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