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The British Cut    May 18 - Jun 3, 2012


The Cat Street Gallery and London’s Fine Art Society are delighted to present a collaborative exhibition that brings some of London’s biggest names and brightest stars to Hong Kong. Set in the context of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the cultural Olympiad, The British Cut marks an extraordinary moment in British history.

The exhibition features twenty eight prominent and compelling artists listed here in full for the first time: David Hockney, Peter Blake, Martin Creed, Marc Quinn, Paula Rego, Keith Coventry, Polly Morgan, Chris Levine, Jonathan Yeo, Rob and Nick Carter, David Mach, Emily Young, Steven Pippin, Humphrey Ocean, Stuart Semple, Rob Ward, Giles Alexander, Boo Saville, Henry Hudson, Annie Morris, Dan Baldwin, Steve Goddard, Jeremy Butler, Sarah Maple, Oliver Clegg, Melanie Comber, Hugo Dalton and Piers Secunda.

The diverse selection of work offers a glimpse into the complex negotiations between money, art and power, as understood by some of the world’s most exciting and revered artistic talents. Including sculpture, drawing, light installations, painting, photograms, etchings and neon, the works display a host of forceful imagery. From fairy tales and folk-lore to a bullet-ridden camera; The Queen of England to the glorious plume of a pheasant; lofty classical sculptures to compositions formed with household pegs; iconic every day shapes, to conceptual abstract formations.

The exhibition aims to raise various dialogues such as: the status of the artist in modern Britain; the appropriation of art for the purposes of corporate or political power; the ever increasing fiscal vales of ‘blue chip’ art; the concept of art as a refined, luxurious product, and conversely the rejection of traditional materials. Several works in the exhibition make reference to diamonds, either explicitly or more metaphorically in relation to light. And naturally, as the world turns its attention to the dynamic Asian markets, so too do some of the artists selected for The British Cut.

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