Photographic Work Exhibited in 'Social Strategies: Redefining Social Realism', Schick Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs, New York, (March 9 - April 11 2004) curated by Klaus Ottmann and Pamela Auchincloss and touring to Auspices of Pamela Auchincloss/Arts Management, New York

Billingham, Richard ORCID: 0000-0002-6474-5656 (2004) Photographic Work Exhibited in 'Social Strategies: Redefining Social Realism', Schick Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs, New York, (March 9 - April 11 2004) curated by Klaus Ottmann and Pamela Auchincloss and touring to Auspices of Pamela Auchincloss/Arts Management, New York. [Show/Exhibition]

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Photographic work from the series Rays a Laugh was exhibited in 'Social Strategies: Redefining Social Realism', Schick Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs, New York, (March 9 - April 11 2004) curated by Klaus Ottmann and Pamela Auchincloss and touring to Auspices of Pamela Auchincloss/Arts Management, New York. This exhibition introduced tendencies in contemporary art that redefine social realism by either reconsidering the art of propaganda as a force in forming social consciousness, simulating prevailing social or political conditions, or projecting new social or spiritual orders. This art no longer serves the government-sanctioned rhetoric of the first half of the twentieth century, but shifts the political agenda away from representing the authorities of power toward critical and creative practices that challenge the incumbent order and comment on the rampant issues of late-twentieth century society: vanity, consumption, commerce, sex, drugs, and AIDS. Some of social artists even clear away "realism," following instead a path from realism to transcendence, trodden initially by artists such as Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman—in their search for an abstraction encoded with utopian ideology. Participating artists were artists: Edgar Arceneaux, Jeremy Blake, Tracy Emin, Rainer Ganahl, Nan Goldin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Wolfgang Laib, Julie Mehretu, Jack Pierson, Thomas Ruff, Paul Shambroom, Sue Williams and Sam Taylor-Wood

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Arts > Art
Research Priority Areas: Creative Practice as Research
Depositing User: Richard Billingham
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2019 12:16
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2019 12:16
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/7594

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