Green Ted

I object, Ian Hislop's search for dissent

British Museum, 30th September 2018

Green Ted, British Museum

To the BrMus to see Ian Hislop's show, particularly this piece as GT's first Banksy. It is a small but fascinating exhibition and we will go again.


Peckham Rock, Banksy, 2005

Green Ted and Peckham Rock, Banksy, 2005
Peckham Rock, Banksy, 2005
British Museum
30th Sep 2018, 13.21
8.8mm-25.7mm @ 8.8mm (35mm)
1/30 sec; f/5.0; ISO 2500
Cat. N

Peckham Rock, Banksy, 2005 Peckham Rock, Banksy, 2005, label Peckham Rock, Banksy, 2005, label Peckham Rock, Banksy, 2005, label

As explained on the labels (figs. 4 and 5), Banksy installed this in the British Museum as a fake display object that was not spotted for 3 days. There was also a fake label in museum-speak (fig. 3).


Owls, Huang Yongyu, 1978

Owl, Huang Yongyu, 1978
Owls, Huang Yongyu, 1978
British Museum
30th Sep 2018, 13:33
8.8mm-25.7mm @ 8.8mm (35mm)
1/30 sec; f/5.0; ISO 6400
Cat. N

Owl, Huang Yongyu, 1978 Owl, Huang Yongyu, 1978

The winking owl in the postcard was interpreted by the Chinese authorities as "a comment on Chairman Mao's declining health". The title of the first piece is Owl, the second is Two Owls with the subtitle, "Fate makes fun of man in a bizarre way", as explained on the label.


Phantom Landscape III, Yang Yongliang, 2007

Phantom Landscape III, Yang Yongliang, 2007
Phantom Landscape III, Yang Yongliang, 2007
British Museum
30th Sep 2018, 13:33
8.8mm-25.7mm @ 8.8mm (35mm)
1/30 sec; f/5.0; ISO 400
Cat. N

Phantom Landscape III, Yang Yongliang, 2007, label

A traditional, classic Chinese landscape, but the trees have become pylons.


Zero Yen banknote, Genpei Akasegawa, 1967

Zero Yen banknote, Genpei Akasegawa, 1967
Zero Yen banknote, Genpei Akasegawa, 1967
British Museum
30th Sep 2018, 13:33
8.8mm-25.7mm @ 8.8mm (35mm)
1/30 sec; f/5.0; ISO 1600
Cat. N

Imprisoned for faking banknotes for his artwork, Akasegawa produced another denominated as zero yen in protest.


And finally,

Note

On the way out, visitors can leave their own subversive message. One had been defaced.


Lions, George Frampton, 1914

Green Ted and Lions, George Frampton, 1914
Lions, George Frampton, 1914
British Museum
30th Sep 2018, 13:48
8.8mm-25.7mm @ 8.8mm (35mm)
1/80 sec; f/5.0; ISO 125
Cat. N

Green Ted and Lions, George Frampton, 1914

There is a terrific pair of lions by George Frampton at the back entrance to the museum. Frampton also created the Edith Cavell memorial. Both are rather obscured by temporary security barriers. The images shown are of the more accessible beast.


BrewDog

Green Ted, BrewDog

BrewDog, Seven Dials
30th Sep 2018, 14:16
8.8mm-25.7mm @ 8.8mm (35mm)
1/30 sec; f/5.0; ISO 320
Cat. N

And another visit to the BrewDog off Charing Cross Road for a sharpener.