Western Blot No.18

Mixed Media
1993 (made)
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A mixed media work comprising of 5 wood panels and signed on the back in black oil paint with the title 'Western Blot No.18'.

object details
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Photo emulsion and oil on wood panels
Brief Description
Mixed media painting by Robert D Farber, 'Western Blot No.18', photo emulsion and oil on wood panel, USA, 1993
Physical Description
A mixed media work comprising of 5 wood panels and signed on the back in black oil paint with the title 'Western Blot No.18'.
  • Overall size height: 20.3cm
  • Overall size width: 86.6cm
Marks and Inscriptions
Signed and dated on the back in black oil paint Lettered on the back in marker pen 'injection' and '8 x 8' Lettered on the back in felt-tip pen 'vaccine injection # 7', '1 coat' and 'TOP' Lettered on labels on the back 'oil-based prime CKiLZ' and 'VACCINE 4 VIAL' and 'OIL-BASED PRIME (KILZ) on wood' Stamped 'TRI-MAR ENTERPRISES INC HAND-MADE USA'
Object history
Western Blot is the name given to the test which identifies HIV antibodies in the blood. Robert D Farber took part in a trial for an AIDS vaccination called Vaxsyn and was photographed being vaccinated for the brochure. His condition for allowing the drug company to use the photograph was that he received a copy and permission to use the image in his own work.
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Bibliographic Reference
Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints, Drawings and Paintings Accession Register for 1996
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