“Reason Gives No Answers”, great drawer showcase à la Newport Street Gallery
#LONDON “Reason Gives No Answers” is the second exhibition dedicated to Damien Hirst’s incredible personal collection, after a first “Simulation/Skin” show in 2017. When Damien Hirst organizes the exhibition “FREEZE” in 1988, he lays the first stone of his vast art collection which he permanently installs in a warehouse on the banks of the River Thames in 2015. The Newport Street Gallery was born!
Free of access, it offers a careful reading of the collection with temporary exhibitions of its pieces and temporary exhibitions of artists and guest curators. The exhibition, with its intriguing title, will undoubtedly be one of the must-see of the FRIEZE (and not FREEZE) which will open its doors two weeks later.
In four of the six rooms of the collection, we circulate in the middle of about fifty works, some of which have not yet been very well exhibited. And the imagined dialogue between emerging artists and those of international renown works rather well, between sculptures, paintings and photographs. This is how a large format of Gary Hume with a rare William S Burrough “shotgun painting” on the same wall, like a nod to the father of the Cut Up.
There are also sculptures by Franz West and paintings by Gerhard Richter or Andy Warhol that “chat” with brand new additions to the collection, such as those by Haim Steinbach, or geometric paintings by Peter Halley.
The evocative title of the exhibition “Reason Gives No Answers” (“Reason doesn’t give an answer”) finds a particular echo in front of Sherrie Levine’s pieces. In 1981, she caused general outrage by photographing a photograph of a great photographer who himself, it was later reported, had produced a reproduction. The principle of creation is indeed at the heart of this American conceptual artist’s approach. By noting the impossibility of taking part in the revolutions that have modernised it and by appropriating the founding works of modern art history, it constantly questions the very notion of the uniqueness of the work of art, and the status of its author.
“Reason Gives No Answers”
11 September-10 November
Newport Street Gallery
, SE11 6AJ
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