For What It's Worth: Perceptions of Value in Contemporary Art
20 August - 19 October 2013
The Gallery at NUA, St Georges Street Norwich
Artists include Turner Prize winners Jeremy Deller, Damien Hirst, Grayson Perry, Mark Wallinger and Rachel Whiteread, plus many more including Andrew Logan, Art and Language, Sara MacKillop and Kathy Prendergast
For What It's Worth brings works by Turner Prize-winning artists and more to the Gallery at NUA. Selected by three NUA MA Curation students from works held in the Arts Council Collection, this exhibition explores how artworks developed in Britain since the late 1960s, represent and challenge the idea and meaning of value, moving towards varied and sometimes surprising interpretations beyond those of mere financial worth.
Featuring a blend of painting, print, photography and sculpture, the exhibition is arranged in three thematic strands exploring the notions of value from perspectives such as class, culture and aesthetics (For What It’s Worth); the resonance and transformation of material qualities in objects (The Materiality of Small Things); and the political and economic resonances of value in contemporary social history (The Displacement of Value).
Highlights include Wallinger's A Real Work of Art, a model racehorse representing ways in which culture, ownership, competition, class and ancestry all play a part in value. Andrew Logan teaches us how to re-evaluate the worth of an everyday object with his giant, embellished safety pin whilst Rachel Whiteread takes an old-fashioned doorknob and casts it in bronze, elevating the status of an ordinary item and simultaneously encapsulating a sense of history or memory.
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The MA Curation course at NUA is now in its second year and this exhibition is the first collaborative project between NUA and the Arts Council Collection. Alongside the show will be a variety of events, including interactive family activities, and programmed speakers.
The Arts Council Collection was established in 1946 as a public collection of modern British Art, held in trust for the Nation. It has a continuing purchase policy, with a remit to obtain works by artists early in their career who are judged likely to become future major figures in the art world. It owns among approximately 8,000 works in total.
Andrew Logan, Hommage to the New Wave, 1977, Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London
© Andrew Logan