Grand National Britisk Kunst / Art From Britain: Exhibition of works by contemporary British artists at the Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium (Vestfossen Art Centre, Vestfossen, Norway).

Charles Danby, Mari Sundet , Neil Mullholland, Charles Harrison , Peter Wollen, Chris Horrocks

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Grand National offers an alternative perspective to the British artworld of the last thirty years through the work of a handful of artists integral to it. It locates in the shifting politics of the 2010 British election and the shadow of financial failure a timely vantage from which to look from the here-and-now to the abrasive and divisive politics of the late 1980s and the biting recession of the early 1990s; the rubble from which a new British art emerged. Grand National turns to the peripheries and antidotes of this fervent, sensationalist and celebrated generation to track, through Punk, New Wave Cinema, and early modernism, the social, aesthetic, and historical contexts that drove this resistance, and that further underpin an evolving contemporary art scene. "...Grand National will appear as a partial survey of a time in British art where there was inflation then a crash in values, not least in cultural value. Artistic worth, it seemed, ran second to the promotion of personalities, and an uneasy co-dependency of the art establishment, the art industry, the press and a young band of artists who would first exploit an unstable market, then embark on a mutually beneficial reconstruction of the status quo. To look from our own recession to the last one is to pinpoint a brief moment when art was the simulacrum of a movement that bucked the market, before becoming it..." - Chris Horrocks
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNorway
PublisherVestfossen Kunstlaboratorium
Number of pages354
ISBN (Electronic)9788299834209
ISBN (Print)8299834201
Publication statusPublished - 12 Apr 2010

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