At Home: A National Partners Programme Exhibition from the Arts Council Collection

Damien Hirst, Relationships, 1991. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2016 Image 1 of 6
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Chris Evans, Home Entertainment 4 metres, 2010 courtesy the Arts Council Collection Image 3 of 6
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Marcus Taylor, Untitled (Upright Fridge), 1991 & Paul Rooney, Flat 23, 2002
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19.03.16 - 12.06.16
Bothy Gallery
YSP presents At Home, the first in a series of exhibitions curated from the Arts Council Collection as part of the National Partners programme marking the Collection’s 70th anniversary. The exhibition highlights Arts Council Collection works of domestic scale within the Bothy Gallery.

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The exhibition comprises pieces by artists including Yoko Ono, Joseph Beuys, Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, Sophie Calle, Fiona Banner, Chris Evans, Arman, Dan Graham, Paul Rooney, Roy Lichtenstein, Barbara Hepworth, Jordan Baseman, Robert Filliou, Bill Brandt, Jenny Holzer and Mark Wallinger.

At Home relaunches the Bothy Gallery following its refurbishment, supported by Arts Council England and a significant public giving campaign. Once the home of the Head Gardener, the Bothy Gallery is a historic part of the Bretton Estate and was built around 1810. The exhibition references the gallery as former dwelling, but also the sense of YSP as a sanctuary for many and our continued work with hard-to-reach communities, including those who have made the region their home whether by choice or forced migration.

Through the familiar threads of home and domestic objects, the exhibition shares over 40 works from 1937 to 2004 and reveals the shift in art over that period from the representational, such as Flowers Against Chintz (1956) by the Bloomsbury Group artist Duncan Grant, through to the powerful social commentary photography of Bill Brandt, to conceptual art and the appropriation of ‘ready-made’ objects as pioneered by Marcel Duchamp, evident in works such as My Glasses (1994) by Jonathan Monk.

Intuition... Instead of a Cookbook (1968) by Joseph Beuys, recognised as one of the most important artists of the last century, reflects his profound philosophy that art could affect social change and that the simple act of cooking a meal could itself be considered an artistic process. The transformation of the everyday into the extraordinary through such process informs Darren Lago’s work based on a hairdryer, This is Not a Pipe (1996), in a knowing and playful reference to René Magritte’s famous painting Ceci n’est pas une pipe (1929) and its message that the artwork was canvas and paint, not the thing it represented. The tendency to overlay objects with meaning is further explored in Sophie Calle’s The Tie (1993) which is emblazoned with a poetic text about a man she met and the tie he wore.

The exhibition offers the first opportunity to experience Flat 23 (2002) by Paul Rooney, a three-part film and sound work in which the former resident of a soon-to-be demolished flat lists the objects that used to be in her home. This relates to Seizure (2008/2013) by Roger Hiorns, an extraordinary crystal-covered flat first created in a condemned property in Elephant and Castle, removed and preserved by the Arts Council Collection. Seizure is on long-term loan to YSP where it is presented within an award-winning concrete structure, commissioned from Adam Khan Architects, near the Bothy Garden.

Watch a short film featuring interviews with Dr Helen Pheby, Senior Curator at YSP, Natalie Rudd, Senior Curator at the Arts Council Collection, and visitors thoughts on what home means to them.

This exhibition is part of the Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme supported by Arts Council England
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Hugely excited to visit this exhibition. Feel very privileged to live so close to this amazing venue in such beautiful surroundings. Pure joy for all 💗
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Only went for a couple of hours. Must return for the whole day. Very peaceful and very interesting. Loved it. Barbara on At Home: A National Partners Programme Exhibition from the Arts Council Collection

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