Venice artists to see in the UK

Published 31 May 2013

Can't make it to Venice? See works by five artists from the Biennale at museums and galleries across the UK.

1. Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane, Souped Up Tea Urn & Teapot (Dartford 2004), 2004
Tate Liverpool

Representing Britain at this year's Biennale, Deller has always run against the grain of the establishment, and his polemical paintings at the British Pavilion are no different, attacking Range Rovers, royals and Roman Abramovic. This 2004 installation is typically irreverent, taking a traditionally English tea set and emblazoning it with an entirely un-English flame design inspired by American hot rods.

2. Ai Weiwei, A Ton of Tea, 2007
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

China's most famous artist has his own display spaces at the Biennale, exhibiting across the Zuecca project space and in the church of Sant'Antonin. This Art Fund-supported sculpture, a block of dried and compressed tea leaves, chimes with both Bristol's collections of Chinese craft and its history as a shipping port. Contrary to its title, the sculpture isn't a 'ton' in either weight or volume, but 'a cubic metre of tea' was a less appealing name.

3. Cindy Sherman, Untitled #410, 2002
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

Sherman's art blurs the line between photography and performance, as in this series of conceptual self-portraits featuring the artist as characters from across American culture. This striking photograph in which she plays an androgenous clown was bought with help from the Art Fund in 2004. Sherman's work will be featured in the Encyclopaedic Palace, the main international exhibition at this year's Biennale.

4. Marc Quinn, Kiss, 2001
Museums Sheffield: Graves Gallery

Represented in Venice by a major solo show bringing together 50 of his works, Marc Quinn is one of Britain's most exciting contemporary artists. This life-size sculpture, perhaps a reference to Rodin's statue (also bought with help from the Art Fund), is one of Quinn's series of works depicting subjects with limb amputations or disabilities.

5. Anthony Caro, Dream City, 1996
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Yorkshire

This year's Biennale features the first major Italian retrospective of one of Britain's greatest living sculptors. A number of Caro's works are on permanent display in the open air at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, including this squat geometric sculpture which juxtaposes the clean lines of utopian architecture with the rich browns of rusted metal.

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