Anne Collier

Despair
2006

Not on view

Despair is one of a series of photographs of self-help tapes that Anne Collier purchased in a thrift store (others include Anger, Doubt, Anxiety, and Guilt). Positioned against a pristine white backdrop, an unspooled magnetic tape is rendered almost shadowless and clinical. The emotional resonance of the word Despair contravenes the neutral style of the photograph, suggesting a deeper turmoil beneath its cool surface. Like many of Collier's photographs of record sleeves, posters, magazines, and self-help manuals, the swirl of tape takes on the quality of an abstract drawing. Her work borrows equally from the legacy of West Coast Conceptual and Minimalist art and pop psychology, especially the self-help movement of the 1960s and 70s, in an attempt, as she puts it, “to draw analogies between these territories.”

Artist
Anne Collier

Title
Despair

Date
2006

Classification
Photographs

Medium
Chromogenic print

Dimensions
Sheet: 37 1/4 × 45 5/8 in. (94.6 × 115.9 cm) Image (Sight): 36 5/8 × 44 15/16 in. (93 × 114.1 cm) Frame: 38 1/8 × 46 7/16 × 1 1/2 in. (96.8 × 118 × 3.8 cm)

Edition information
AP 1/1 | Edition of 4

Accession number
2006.20

Credit line
Purchase, with funds from the Photography Committee

Rights and reproductions information
© artist or artist’s estate



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