Photographic Work Exhibited in 'Full House - Young British Art', Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany, (14 December 1996 - 31 March 1997)

Billingham, Richard ORCID: 0000-0002-6474-5656 (1996) Photographic Work Exhibited in 'Full House - Young British Art', Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany, (14 December 1996 - 31 March 1997). [Show/Exhibition]

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Photographic work from Billingham's series 'Rays a Laugh' was exhibited in 'Full House - Young British Art', Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany, (14 December 1996 - 31 March 1997). Seldom has a generation of artists from a single country attracted or dominated the interest of the international art world, as was the case with the young British scene. It become part of a complex cultural machinery that, with labels such as Brit-Pop, Brit-Film, Brit-Culture and Brit-Art, subsumes the creativity of a generation and circulates it as a uniform product in the media. This exhibition was the first time in Germany that a comprehensive overview of a current British art practice that moved beyond the academic and art-immanent issues of modernity (with its manifold isms and neo-isms) was exhibited. Even though the artists in this exhibition were aware of their historical role models such as Bruce Nauman, Dan Graham, Nan Goldin, Andy Warhol, British Pop Art and others, they nevertheless developed a subjective poetry and carefree spontaneity in their formal work. The lifestyle of the MTV generation was also reflected in this exhibition. Many of the works reflect directly on the concrete experiences of everyday life, on the leisure culture with its distinct music and club scene, on banalities and normalities, on the juxtaposition of cultural and ethnic scenarios, on the visual image worlds of film, television and advertising, on the published sexuality or the economic conditions of post-Thatcherism. It is the impressions of the vibrant metropolises such as London and Glasgow that provide the themes, but always from a very private perspective, as documented in the 1990s UK movie "Train Spotting". The exhibition revealed the different artistic interests and made clear that the phenomenon of England can not be grasped with the common template concepts and clichés. Although "Full House" was a group exhibition, all artists had their own space, which was integrated into an exhibition architecture that symbolised the character of a big city. Besides Billingham, the other artists were Christine Borland, Angela Bulloch, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Mat Collishaw, Tracey Emin, Angus Fairhurst, Douglas Gordon, Gary Hume, Abigail Lane, Sarah Lucas, Steve McQueen, Steven Pippin, Georgina Starr, Gillian Wearing, Jane & Louise Wilson 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 Creative Arts
Research Priority Areas: Creative Practice and Theory
Depositing User: Richard Billingham
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2019 13:34
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:25

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