Marcel Duchamp’s iconic Fountain, 1917/64, a common urinal displayed on a plinth, is the starting point for exploring the way artists have used materials to look at the relationship between art and reality. This first in a series of four displays drawn from the D. Daskalopoulos Collection,
Greece, brings together works by both well-known and rarely seen artists who address questions of identity, desire and human vulnerability. Louise Bourgeois’hanging sculpture Fillette (Sweeter Version), 1968-99, Sherrie Levine’s bronze reworking of Duchamp’s ready-made and Robert Gober’s double-sexed torso, Untitled, 1991, share a sense of the surreal.
The artist is immediately present in the body prints of David Hammons, Jim Hodge’s transfer prints made with his own saliva and Despina Isaia’s delicate weave of her hair. Marina Abramović washes a skeleton in her meditation on the trauma of genocide and the amnesia of society. Other artists on show include John Bock, Sarah Lucas and Sue Williams.
Keeping it Real is part of the Whitechapel Gallery’s ongoing programme opening up important public and private art collections to wider audiences.
List of Artists:
Act 1: The Corporeal (10 June–5 September 2010) Marina Abramovic, John Bock, Louise Bourgeois, Marcel Duchamp, Jimmie Durham, Robert Gober, David Hammons, Jim Hodges, Despina Isaia, Sherrie Levine, Sarah Lucas, Kiki Smith, Paul Thek, Sue Williams.
Act 2: Subversive Abstraction (17 September–5 December 2010) Lynda Benglis, Robert Gober, David Hammons, Damien Hirst, Mike Kelley, Nikos Kessanlis, Julie Mehretu, Kori Newkirk, Dieter Roth, Daniel Subkoff, Rosemarie Trockel.
Act 3: Current Disturbance (17 December 2010–6 March 2011) Mona Hatoum
Act 4: Material Intelligence (18 March–22 May 2011) Paul Chan, Sam Durant, Arturo Herrera, Martin Kippenberger, Gabriel Kuri, Rivane Neuenschwander, Cady Noland, Gabriel Orozco, Ester Partegas, Seth Price, Kelley Walker.