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  • Date:

    1991 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kenna, Michael, born 1953 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed image on card with hand-written greeting

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mark Haworth-Booth

  • Museum number:

    E.174-2000

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 221

Many artists, designers, photographers and other creative workers make their own Christmas cards for private use in which their investigations of self, identity and the sense of place may be seen in concentrated form. Landscape photographer Michael Kenna's ethereally-lit scenes of the European cities to which he frequently returns are always devoid of figures but remain haunted by traces of human presence and activity - suggested in this image by the Christmas street decorations strung between buildings and seen in silhouette against a morning-after sky.

Date

1991 (made)

Artist/maker

Kenna, Michael, born 1953 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Printed image on card with hand-written greeting

Marks and inscriptions

SEASONS GREETINGS / from / Camille & Michael
Below the image, hand-written in black ballpoint pen

Kenna 91
Signature and date hand-written in pencil, back, bottom right corner

MICHAEL KENNA
Hand-written in pencil on the back

Dimensions

Height: 17.8 cm card

Descriptive line

Christmas card by Michael Kenna

Labels and date

Meaning
Is a greeting card anything made - be it a wooden plaque or a paper lantern - to convey a message or greeting or to mark an event or occasion? Is it a particular format - something that opens and closes, an object type - something disposable made of ephemeral materials, or a medium of communication - including performing telegrams and virtual cards sent by e-mail? Artists in various media have begun to address the greetings card phenomenon for a variety of reasons - with some intriguing results. Every Christmas, the fine art handling company, Momart, commissions an artist to create a limited edition gift which it sends out as its corporate greeting. Meanwhile, many artists, designers, photographers and other creative workers make their own Christmas cards in which their investigations of self, gender, the body, death and the sacred may be seen in concentrated form. [15-6-2000]

Production Note

Reason For Production: Private

Subjects depicted

Christmas decorations; Sky; Buildings; Reindeer

Categories

Photographs; Prints; Christmas; Greeting cards

Production Type

Limited edition

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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