YES BUT IS IT TORTURE? by William T. Wiley

YES BUT IS IT TORTURE? by William T. Wiley

YES BUT IS IT TORTURE?

William T. Wiley

Title

YES BUT IS IT TORTURE?

 
Artist

William T. Wiley

  1937 - PRESENT (biography)
Year
2009  
Technique
hand colored etching 
Image Size
15 7/8 x 15 13/16" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
A.P. (proof outside the published edition of 40) 
Annotations
pencil editioned in lower left; annotated: "FOR DIANA FULLER. THANKS DIANA LOVE WILEY 2010"; printer's chop in lower right 
Reference
Art Institute of Chicago accession #2014.1161 
Paper
heavy, antique-white wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
20371 
Price
$2,500.00 
Description

Wiley offers his usual bizarre, yet poignant view and comment on the "War on Terror," in the art world, depicting a prison cell with various torture objects including a "water board" in a bucket of oil and an electric prod. A sign reads: "Enhanced Techniques of Interrogation of a Neo Minimalist Painting US R-Me.." On the left wall is graffiti that reads: "E lemon 8 WAR & Suffering Thru DEATH."

A Neo-Minimalist canvas is hung from a hook, twisted and punctured with nails. A weight is hung at the bottom and blood drips to the floor.

This artist's proof is pencil annotated "For Diana Fuller + Thanks Diana Love Wiley 2010." Diana Fuller was Wiley's dealer in San Francisco.