English Magic, a new exhibition by Jeremy Deller

English Magic, a new exhibition by Jeremy Deller
Yareah Magazine

The British Council is delighted to present English Magic, a new exhibition by Jeremy Deller which has been conceived and created for the British Pavilion at the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia.

English-Magic-a-new-exhibition-by-Jeremy-DellerThe exhibition reflects the roots of much of Deller’s work, focusing on British society – its people, icons, myths, folklore, its cultural and political history. He weaves together high and low, popular and rarefied to create unique and thought provoking work.
English Magic addresses events from the past, present and imagined future. Deller frames these instances in a way that is contemporary but also true to the original subject, weaving a narrative that is almost psychedelic, hovering delicately between fact and fiction, real and imagined.
After Venice, UK audiences will be able to view the exhibition at the William Morris Gallery, London Borough of Waltham Forest, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and Turner Contemporary Margate in 2014. This national tour which is the first of its kind, has been made possible with the generous support of the Art Fund – the national fund raising charity for art.
“It’s been really great to make new work for a building like the British Pavilion. I’m also really happy that the show will return to British shores in 2014!” Jeremy Deller
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue, published by the British Council which features a new essay by Hal Foster and an interview between Jeremy Deller, Chris Dercon and John Paul Lynch.
Biography and selected exhibitions
Jeremy Deller (b. 1966, London; lives London) studied Art History at the Courtauld Institute and at Sussex University. After meeting Andy Warhol in 1986 he spent two weeks at the Factory in New York. He began making artworks in the early 1990s, often showing them outside of conventional galleries. In 1993, while his parents were on holiday, he secretly used the family home for an exhibition titled Open Bedroom.
Four years later he produced the musical performance Acid Brass with the Williams-Fairey Band, and began making art in collaboration with other people. Deller staged The Battle of Orgreave in 2001, commissioned by Artangel and Channel 4, directed by Mike Figgis, a re-enactment which brought together around 1000 veteran miners and members of historical societies to restage the 1984 clash between miners and police at Orgreave, Yorkshire. In 2004, Deller won the Turner Prize for Memory Bucket (2003), a documentary about Texas. He has since made a number of documentaries on subjects ranging from exotic wrestler Adrian Street to die-hard international fans of the band Depeche Mode.
In 2009 Deller undertook a road trip across the US from New York to Los Angeles along with an Iraqi citizen and a US war veteran, towing a car destroyed in a bomb attack in Baghdad. The project, It Is What It Is, was presented at the New Museum, New York; the car is now part of the Imperial War Museum’s Collection. In the same year he staged Procession, in Manchester, involving participants, commissioned floats, choreographed music and performances creating an odd and celebratory spectacle.
Deller has exhibited widely internationally and selected monographic exhibitions include: Unconvention (1999, Centre for Visual Arts, Cardiff), After the Goldrush (2002, Wattis Institute, San Francisco), Folk Archive with Alan Kane (2004, Centre Pompidou, Paris and Barbican Art Gallery, London), Jeremy Deller (2005, Kunstverein, Munich), From One Revolution to Another (2008, Palais de Tokyo, Paris), It Is What It Is: Conversations About Iraq (2009, New Museum, NY, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago), Processions (2009, Cornerhouse, Manchester) and Joy in People at the Hayward Gallery which is currently touring in the US. www.jeremydeller.org
Jeremy Deller is represented in the UK by The Modern Institute, Glasgow, Art: Concept, Paris and internationally by Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.
The British Council at The Venice Biennale:
The British Council has commissioned artists to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale to celebrate the best of emerging and established British art since 1938.  Artists representing Britain  have included  Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Francis Bacon,  Lucian Freud, Ben Nicholson,  Anthony Caro, Bridget Riley, Richard Long,  Frank Auerbach, Howard Hodgkin,   Barry Flanagan,  Anish Kapoor, Richard Hamilton, Rachel Whiteread,  Leon Kossoff, Gary Hume,  Mark Wallinger, Chris Offili, Gilbert & George, Tracey Emin, Steve McQueen and most recently Mike Nelson in 2011.
The British Council appoints a committee of leading arts professionals from across the UK to select the British representation for the Venice Biennale every two years.   For further information please visit www.britishcouncil.org/venicebiennale
Members of the Venice Biennale Selection Committee for 2013:
– Ben Borthwick, Artistic Director, Artes Mundi, Cardiff
– Maoliosa Boyle, Director, Void Gallery, Derry
– Chris Dercon, Director, Tate Modern, London
– Simon Groom, Director, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
– Waldemar Januszczak, Art Critic, The Sunday Times
– Jenni Lomax, Director, Camden Arts Centre, London
– Victoria Pomery, Director, Turner Contemporary, Margate
– Simon Wallis, Director, The Hepworth Wakefield
– Chair: Andrea Rose, Director of Visual Arts, British Council
Address: British Pavilion, Giardini di Castello 30122
Exhibition dates: 1st June to 24th November 2013
Opening times: 10am-6pm Tuesday to Sunday. Closed on Mondays.
Vaporetto: Giardini
Catalogue: A catalogue will accompany the exhibition
The British Pavilion is managed by the British Council Visual Arts Department
Commissioner: Andrea Rose
Exhibition Curator: Emma Gifford-Mead
For latest news on the commission: www.britishcouncil.org/visualarts
For press information, interview opportunities and images please contact:
Chloe Kinsman or Kara Reaney at Pelham Communications
For high resolution downloadable images of work in English Magic please go to: www.britishcouncil-venice.org
For information about the British Council please contact:
Alex Bratt
William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow, London
Lloyd Park Forest Road, Walthamstow, E17 4PP
Late January – end March 2014
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol
Queens Road, Bristol, BS8 1RL
April – September 2014
Turner Contemporary, Margate
September – December 2014
About the British Council:
The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide. We are a Royal Charter charity, established as the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. Our 7000 staff in over 100 countries work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year through English, arts, education and society programmes. We earn over 75% of our annual turnover of nearly £700 million from services which customers pay for, education and development contracts we bid for and from partnerships. A UK Government grant provides the remaining 25%.  We match every £1 of core public funding with over £3 earned in pursuit of our charitable purpose.
For more information, please visit: www.britishcouncil.org or call our Press Office on +44 (0)20 7389 4268. You can also keep in touch with the British Council through http://twitter.com/britishcouncil and http://blog.britishcouncil.org/.
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