Jeremy Deller: English Magic
- William Morris Gallery |
- 18 January – 30 March 2014
- Free to all.
- View venue & entry details
Initiated and supported by the Art Fund, the tour of Jeremy Deller’s Venice Biennale exhibition kicks off in Walthamstow.
We Sit Starving Amidst our Gold, Jeremy Deller, 2013
Courtesy British Council. Photograph Cristiano Corte. Painted by Stuart Sam Hughes.
English Magic on tour
- 1 June – 24 November 2013: British Pavilion, Venice Biennale
18 January – 30 March 2014: William Morris Gallery, London Borough of Walthamstow Forest
12 April – 21 September 2014: Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
11 October 2014 – 11 January 2015: Turner Contemporary, Margate
The gallery makes for a particularly apt venue considering its former resident and namesake William Morris, stars in one of the central murals of the display.
Here he is painted as a colossus, hurling Roman Abramovich’s yacht Luna into the Venetian lagoon. The mural makes reference to Morris’ advocacy for socialism, depicting the colossus taking revenge on the capitalist multi-millionaires who now rampage around the Biennale during opening week.
Jeremy Deller has selected politically-themed items from the gallery's collection to display alongside his own material, which was first shown in Venice in 2013.
What the critics say
"... among the most important British artworks in recent years"
"Politically enraged and utterly enchanting"