Anthea Hamilton

    Power, 2015

    Silkscreen on Somerset Tub paper; Diptych 
    Left: 30.1 x 25 inches 
    Right: 59 x 34.6 inches
    Sold framed 
    Edition of 50


    Incorporating examples of cultural appropriation and pop culture in her work, Anthea Hamilton mines countercultures in music, fashion, and design (such as disco in the 1970s) and their entrance into the mainstream. Hamilton questions the representation of cultural phenomena through popular media in her sculptures and videos. Her work was included in Better Homes at SculptureCenter in 2013 before she had her first solo institutional exhibition in the United States, Lichen! Libido! Chastity!, was on view at SculptureCenter in 2015, for which she was nominated for the 2016 Turner Prize.


    Originally created as Hamilton's contribution to SculptureCenter's 2014 publication What About Power? Inquiries into Contemporary Sculpture, Power examines the intersection of power and sculpture. The boot depicted exists within a code of fashion: the wearer makes a statement that may have been original once, but now has become part of a highly encoded system and historical narrative. Merging the fashion system of the boot with the language of graphic design and implicating the body into this convergence, the leg attached to the boot twists becomes the stem of the "p." In these prints design extends out of and even obscures the body.


    Anthea Hamilton was born in 1978 in London, where she continues to live and work. She has recently had solo exhibitions at Secession, Vienna (2018); kaufmann repetto, Milan (2018); Tate Britain, London (2018); and White Cubicle, London (2017. Recent group exhibitions include May You Live In Interesting Times at the Venice Biennale, Italy (2019); As Seen on Screen: Art and Cinema, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, England (2019); and Objects of Wonder: British Sculpture from the Tate Collection, 1950s-Present, PalaisPopulaire, Berlin, Germany (2019).


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