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Freedom Not Genius: Works from Damien Hirst’s Murderme collection

October 30, 2012 by Kay

10 November 2012 – 10 March 2013

“Collecting is like stuff washed up on a beach somewhere and that somewhere is you. Then when you die, it all gets washed away again,” Damien Hirst.

The Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli will be presenting selected works from Damien Hirst’s Murderme collection. Continuing to explore the theme of collecting, Freedom not Genius, curated by Elena Geuna, is a rare insight into the interests and tastes of one of the world’s best-known living artists.

Jeff Koons - Three Ball 50/50 Tank (Spalding Dr. JK Silver Series), 1985, Glass, steel, distilled water, three basketballs, 153.7 x 123.8 x 33.7 cm, © Jeff Koons

“A central part of the Pinacoteca Agnelli’s programme is to study the essence of a collection and how it manifests itself in the world. This exhibition raises the question of the significance of an object within the context of an artist’s own work. The breadth of Hirst’s Murderme collection is fundamentally a reflection of how the artwork around him influences his work and how his work influences the things that he surrounds himself with,” says Ginevra Elkann, President of the Pinacoteca Agnelli.

In the late 1980s Hirst began exchanging his own works with those of his artist friends who were also part of the now infamous Young British Artists group, acquiring pieces that would lay the foundation for one of the most interesting contemporary art collections in the world.

Rachel Howard - Black Dog (No Head), 2007, Household gloss on canvas, 40 x 40 cm, © the artist, courtesy BLAIN|SOUTHERN, Prudence Cuming Associates

This is only the second time that the Murderme collection has been publicly exhibited. As Damien Hirst says, “It's been six years since my first show of Murderme works and I'm really excited about having another. Collecting has been important to me since the very beginning, I've always said it's like making a map of someone's life and this exhibition shows how I've evolved both as a collector and an artist. It's great to be able to exhibit so many of my favourite artists together, and I think Freedom not Genius reveals a lot about me in a way you wouldn't normally see. Gathering these works in one space, when they're from such different times and places, is amazing and definitely says something about what's remained important for mankind, artists and for me.”

Angus Fairhurst - Reduced In A Circular Formation, 2005, Plastic skull with punched holes, 15 x 13.5 x 21.5 cm, © The Estate of Angus Fairhurst, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London, Prudence Cuming Associates

The show in Turin will feature over 50 artists. Among them from Hirst’s collection are Frank Auerbach, Francis Bacon, Alberto Giacometti, Mario Merz, Bruce Nauman, Richard Prince, and Andy Warhol in dialogue with carefully chosen works by artists of the next generation, including: Banksy, John Currin, Tracey Emin, Angus Fairhurst, Sarah Lucas, and Rachel Whiteread.

Hirst’s continued fascination with death is evident throughout and, using Picasso’s Nature morte au crane et au pot as a starting point, part of the exhibition will present a contemporary wunderkammer - a series of memento mori reflecting a theme that recurs throughout the Murderme collection. This will showcase 17th-century vanitas paintings, vintage photographs and reproductions of skulls made from a variety of materials and spanning over four centuries.

Michael Joo - Stripped (Instinctual), 2005, Urethane foam, epoxy resin, enamel paint, hand-built plastic, glass, wood, 182.9 x 182.9 x 101.6 cm © the artist, courtesy BLAIN|SOUTHERN, Tom Powel Imaging


A bilingual, fully illustrated catalogue is co-produced by the Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli and Other Criteria. Edited by Karen Marta, it includes an interview with Damien Hirst by Elena Geuna, independent curator of international art exhibitions, amongst others co-curator of Jeff Koons Versailles, 2008, and an essay by Mario Codognato, Head Curator & Director of Exhibitions at Blain Southern, London; and a close friend of Hirst for over 20 years.

List of artists Frank Auerbach, Francis Bacon, David Bailey, Banksy, John Bellany Nick Bibby Ashley Bickerton, Peter Blake, Don Brown, Mat Collishaw, John Currin, Tracey Emin,  Patrick McNeil Faile, Patrick Miller Faile, Angus Fairhurst, Abigail Fallis, Paul Fryer, Alberto Giacometti, Steven Gregory, Richard Hamilton Marcus Harvey, John Hoyland,Rachel Howard, Gary Hume, Paul Insect, John Isaacs, Michael Joo Jonathan Kingdon Jeff Koons, Jim Lambie, Sean Landers, Hyungkoo Lee, Sherrie Levine, Colin Lowe, Sarah Lucas, Mario Merz, Rodrigo Moynihan, Vik Muniz, Takashi Murakami

Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli Via Nizza 230, 10126 Torino, Italy | |

TONIGHT: New Sculptures by Marcus Harvey

October 25, 2012 by Kay

Gavin Turk - Transit Disaster at Paul Stolper

October 19, 2012 by Kay

Paul Stolper Gallery is pleased to announce Gavin Turk’s ‘Transit Disaster,’ a new series of 20 unique silkscreen prints depicting two repeated images of a single transit van. Each printed in a different colour the installation mimics Warhol’s group of Shadow paintings (1979) with its hypnotic sequence of colour and image.

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Just as Warhol’s car crash paintings from his ‘Death and Disaster’ series (1962 – 1963) anesthetized violence through multiple reproductions in bright, saturated colours, so too do Turk’s ‘Transit Disaster’ series become abstractions of abstractions, transforming horror into beauty and death into something striking and alluring, as the deformed metal of the crashes becomes textures, patterns and shapes. However, the series is more than simply a contemporary re-cycling of Warhol’s paintings, by replacing the American car with an image of a transit van, a symbol of a certain burnt-out, both literally and symbolically, working class Britain, Turk incorporates ideas of social decline into Warhol’s glamorous oeuvre.

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Concerns with authorship, authenticity and celebrity have been evident in Turk’s work since he rose to prominence in the early 1990’s. Appropriating visual styles from the modern avant - garde including Yves Klein, Piero Manzoni and Andy Warhol, Turk uses 20th century imagery as a vehicle to describe contemporary anxiety. Lamenting the demise of the British working class culture, and indeed notions of British Identity in general, the crashed and burnt - out transit van is a visual manifestation of the urban unrest that accompanies post – industrialized Britain. At the same time ‘Transit Disaster’ describes the consumer culture that has replaced ‘Britishness’ and more importantly the growing social divide between classes that is becoming increasingly global in scale. The repeated printed image and seductive array of colours itself mirrors the capitalist mantra of production and consumption. With the recent OCCUPY protests around the globe, Turk’s series displays the effects of the current banking crisis, where the labour force is diminishing, and as such, the demand for working transit vans. Further, the carnage of metal and charred remains recall the London Riots in August 2011, where protests and violence erupted on the streets of London.

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Turk’s work has been included in many seminal exhibitions including the latest ground breaking POPLIFE show at Tate Modern (2009) as well as the Venice Biennale (2001), the 46th International Istanbul Biennial (1999), Material Culture, Hayward Gallery, London (1998), and Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection, Royal Academy of Arts, Saatchi Collection, London (1995). Recent exhibitions have included: Gavin Turk: The Negotiation of Purpose, GEM Museum for Contemporary Art, The Hague, The Netherlands; En Face, CAC Malaga, and Oeuvre, Tate Britain Sculpture Court Display, London.

Gavin Turk lives and works in London.

‘Transit Disaster’ is on display at Paul Stolper Gallery from 9 October – 17 November. For more information please contact

Launch: New Sculptures by Marcus Harvey

October 18, 2012 by Georgia

Press release: London based Other Criteria is establishing an international following for its eclectic array of artist editions. Other Criteria welcomes Marcus Harvey as the next artist to produce a series of sculptural works exclusively created for the gallery based on New Bond Street from 25 October 2012.

The sculptures are portraits of characters inspired by an array of British history-mythology, flavoured by satirists from George Cruikshank to contemporary cartoonists (do we have a contemp example?).

The work consists of glazed stoneware and unique direct wax cast bronze sculptures. The direct wax cast process involves modelling wax in the way Harvey typically squeezes, winds and presses clay for his ceramic sculpture, the wax is then directly cast in bronze bypassing the mould-making procedure, with the hope of preserving the spontaneity of the clay work.

Plus Art Projects at The Mayor's Parlour

October 17, 2012 by Kay

10th October - 10th November

Mayor's Parlour, 1st Floor, 153-159 Bow House, London E3 2SE

The fifth annual Frieze Week exhibition from Plus Art Projects at the Mayor's Parlour showcases bold and unconventional works by 67 artists, straight from their studios.

The Mayor's Parlour is a new arts club situated in the 1930s old Bow Town Hall in East London. Established and converted to a high modern specification by neonist and art fabricator Kerry Ryan, the new Mayor's Parlour retains the fundamentals and elegance of the original interior. It opens with this diverse exhibition curated and produced by the renowned London based outfit Plus Art Projects.

The 2012 show includes a souvenir from the Chapman Brothers' controversial Hell sculpture, brand new neon artworks by Tracey Emin, Gavin Turk and David Batchelor, taxidermy sculpture by Polly Morgan, and a myriad of paintings which range in subject and scale. Pieces are numbered, not conventionally listed so the viewer encounters the work directly, without knowing authorship.

Plus Art Projects has a history of bringing together artists working across many media. The works here include painting, sculpture, neon, photography, taxidermy, film, drawing and mixed media.

Sue Arrowsmith, Peter Ashton Jones, Annie Attridge, Franko B, David Batchelor, Katrina Blannin, Sarah Blood, Sean Branagan, Tamsin Casswell, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Katy Cole, Mat Collishaw, Dan Coombs, Mark Croxford, Jason Davidge, Adam Dix, The DnA Factory, Dominic from Luton, Howard Dyke, Rosie Edwards, Tracey Emin, Damien Good, Nitin Goyal, Ken Graham, Laura Graham, Tim Holmes, Mustafa Hulusi, Nick Jeffrey, Ben Kustow, Peter Lamb, David Leeson, Sarah Lucas, Dingbot Mclatchey, Warren Mclaughlin, Declan McMullan, Harry Meadley, Tanya Millard, Simon Mitchell, Luke Morgan, Polly Morgan, Darren Murray, Morag Myerscough, Lyle Perkins, Benedict Radcliffe, Tabita Rezaire, Kerry Ryan, Yana Ryan, Giorgio Sadotti, Peter Saville, Mark Siebert, Michael Stubbs, Jessica Temple, Sarah Tulloch, Gavin Turk, Covadonga Valdes, Harry Weller, Gillian Westgate, Alison Willoughby, Phill Wilson-Perkin, David Wood, Elizabeth Wright.

Plus Art Projects is an ongoing gallery and arts organisation led by neonist Kerry Ryan and Declan McMullan, with support from Jessica Temple.

System of Objects at Departure Foundation

October 15, 2012 by Kay

8th September - 31st October 2012

System of Objects

A group show of sculpture, painting, video and site-specific work by London-based artists whose practices probe and question the meaning and materiality of the objects they work with.

Neela Basu, Dave Charlesworth, Young Choi, Sophie Collier & Claire Poulter, Alinka Echeverria, Rebecca Glover, James Irwin, Lily Johnson, Suki Seokyeong Kang, Liane Lang, Hannah Lees, Alan Magee, Chloe Dewe Mathews, Marcus Orlandi, Alejandro Ospina, Sean Pearce, Marianne Spurr, Alex Strachan, Jennifer Taylor, Max Wade, Amelia Whitelaw, George Winks.

Open Fridays 12-4pm or by appointment via

Ground and 4th floors, 55 Gracechurch Street, London EC3V 0EE

PHOTOS: Frieze Brunch to launch new Damien Hirst editions

October 12, 2012 by Kay

Thanks to all who attended our Frieze Brunch to celebrate the launch of new Damien Hirst editions.

The work will be exhibited in our Hinde Street store until Thursday 15th November 2012.

To enquire about any of these works email us on or browse the work on our main site.

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