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Cy Twombly at Museum Brandhorst

Seth Price

Vintage Bomber

  • Year2006
  • MaterialVacuum-formed polystyrene
  • Dimensions123.2 x 92.7 x 6.4 cm
  • Year of acquisition2018
  • Inventory numberUAB 1219
  • On viewAktuell nicht ausgestellt

More about the artwork

The bomber jacket is a garment imbued with history. Originally developed as light, warm functional clothing for military pilots, its predecessors were leather and cotton flight jackets used in the World Wars I and II. In the 1950s, a nylon version was introduced to the market, and the bomber jacket as we know it today was born. Since then, hardly any subculture seems to have passed it by—from punks to skinheads, from hardcore techno to hip-hop. Today it has become a fashion item suitable for the masses, its military origins almost forgotten. Seth Price is interested in such shifts in meaning. The bomber jacket, molded in gold-colored plastic, looks as if it had been carelessly removed and tossed aside. But this impression is deceptive: to evoke this effect, Price had to carefully prepare and stuff the jacket. This absence of the human body is what lies at the heart of this work. Like a death mask, “Vintage Bomber” represents the disappearance of the individual—vanishing, in this case, behind a façade of (fashionable) self-dramatization.

Further collection artworks

Cy Twombly, Untitled (Bacchus), 2005, UAB 487aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (Bacchus), 2005
Werkabbildung Cy Twombly, Bacchanalia - Fall (5 Days in October), 1977 im Museum Brandhorst in München Teil der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Bacchanalia – Fall (5 Days in October), 1977
Cy Twombly, Notes from a Tower, 1961, UAB 443aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Notes from a Tower, 1961
Alexandra Bircken, New Model Army, 2016, UAB 1107aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Alexandra Bircken New Model Army, 2016
Mark Leckey UniAddDumThs “MACHINE”