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Bruce McLean, Born 1944, British

A Pavilion for Parliament - Dish of Decisions (Diptych)

Part Of:

Collective Title: Kilometre Theatre and Seven Other Seminal Architectural Projects

Screen print on 400gsm Somerset Satin white wove paper
Sheet: 29 × 35 inches (73.7 × 88.9 cm) and Image: 58 × 35 inches (147.3 × 88.9 cm)

Extensively lettered with printed handwriting; lettered second panel upper left to lower right: "The Dish of Decision. A pavilion for a parallel parliament | a place for political positions, points of view, predictions, | parallel poses, placements, postures performances and | promises. Parody parliament for the parody party in par- | allel pavilions. Dish of decision not dome of division, | dome of derision the dish/dome sydrome, no dome no | dromes, dish open dome closed system, bridge overt | over it, a visual handshake, under table, tunnel vision | - subvert. Rome is the home of the dome, parallel debates | in the dish and dome, the dish channels it the dome con- | tains it. Dish of desire- a transparent glass dish based on | a punch bowl. A dynamic decision making dish for clear | thoughts, not a cheese dish of division or administration | in a dome drama dilemma. Dish or dome, dome or dish, | dome of discontent, dome of dullness, dish of desire, dish | of delirium; a platter parliament, a parallel parliament | nothing concealed everything revealed, as in a fireside sum- | mit handshake photo opportunities. Parallel parliament, a conical gold transparent dish on a green square back- | ground, a new shape for the new government with new thoughts, new ideas, new haircuts, new suits, old ties . . ."

Signed in graphite, lower right: "Bruce McLean"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
© The Artist
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
architectural subject
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