The Rainbow of Human KindnessJake & Dinos Chapman 18 May - 13 Jul 2019The Rainbow of Human Kindness at H.E.R.O. brings together a judicious selection of Jake & Dinos Chapman’s finest recent works into a powerful statement of their artistic and moral philosophy.
HERO and De School Amsterdam present: Tijdgenoten #6: HeterotopiaAndreas Kassapis / Atelier van Lieshout / Aukje Dekker / Desiree Dolron / Jake & Dinos Chapman / Lara Verheijden / Shezad Dawood / Thomas van Linge / Peter Schuyff / Wayne Horse 24 Jan - 24 Feb 2019First there are the utopias... They present society itself in a perfected form, or else society turned upside down, but in any case these utopias are fundamentally unreal spaces. There...
Market ForcesAtelier van Lieshout / Aukje Dekker / Ceel Mogami de Haas / David Birkin & Mariam Ghani / Desiree Dolron / DIS / Ed Fornieles / Gabriele Beveridge / Guillaume Paris / Jake & Dinos Chapman / Jeremy Hutchison / Keith Coventry / Leo Fitzmaurice / Martha Rosl 15 Sep - 27 Oct 2018A group show of work that variously critiques and co-opts the techniques of mass-markets, often succeeding in both at once. The exhibition comprises both historical and recent work, mapping out creative responses to the steady intensification of consumer culture engendered by the dominance of neoliberalism from the 1980’s onwards.
Opening the exhibition are artists who have faced and responded to this trend from early in their trajectories, with works like: Martha Rosler Reads Vogue (1981), the artist’s seminal deconstruction of the magazine’s iconography, Untitled (1988), Atelier van Lieshout’s sculptural appropriation of beer cases and various examples from Guillaume Paris’ critical examination of commodity culture from the 1980’s onwards.
The exhibition’s narrative arc brings us to a present where younger artists derive their vocabulary from within a landscape of consumption. Whether as adaptive mechanisms or underhand critiques, their works are articulated in the spectacle’s very language: DIS’s Thinkspiration (2016), an ironic conflation of philosophy and brand culture, Gabriele Beveridge’s elegant manipulations of retail aesthetics and Ed Fornieles’ insidious Finiliar series, which makes use of the latest devices in empathically focused, corporate marketing strategies.
A central question haunts the exhibition and the works within it:
In which forms and in what kinds of spaces can art exist, when the realm of self-fulfillment has been so ruthlessly colonized by consumer culture?
Market Forces was curated by Nick Hackworth, Creative Director of Modern Forms, a London based art collection and platform. www.modernforms.org