The Iraqi-US artist Michael Rakowitz achieved widespread acclaim for his The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist, which was unveiled on the Fourth Plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square, 28 March 2018. The sculpture was accompanied by the launch of a new range of products, taking its inspiration from Rakowitz’s interest in themes of food and hospitality as a means by which to bridge cultural and political divides and the Arabic proverb: A House With A Date Palm Will Never Starve.
The artist’s new sculpture ‘April is the Cruellest Month’ was unveiled on the seafront in Margate on 29 April 2021. Rakowitz has also developed a new series of limited editions for Sketched – the artist has chosen to donate his royalties from edition sales to support Turner Contemporary, registered charity number: 1129974.Presented by Turner Contemporary, Rakowitz’ new commission marks the launch of ‘England’s Creative Coast’, comprising seven outdoor art commissions. The new commissions form the series Waterfronts, made in response to the Essex, Kent and East Sussex coastlines. Drawing inspiration for the sculpture’s material from the nearby White Cliffs of Dover, ‘April is the Cruellest Month’ is situated just steps away from the shelter where the line was written; T.S. Eliot wrote part of The Wasteland, while recuperating alongside many of the WW1 soldiers who were convalescing in Margate in 1919.