Richard Billingham, Untitled (RAL 45), 1994, Colour photograph mounted on aluminium,105 x 158 cm, Edition of 5 + 1AP © Richard Billingham
Lisa Oppenheim, Calendar, 1986-2011, 2013, Silvergelatin black & white photographs exposed and solarized by fire light, unique in aseries, 91.5 x 91.5 cm, Courtesy the artist and The Approach, London
Peter Doig, Canoe – Island, 2000, 12 colour Silkscreen printed on 300 gsm Somerset Tub Sized paper, 75 x 100 cm. Courtesy of CounterEditions.com, Margate.
Trevor Paglen, Clouds Hough Circle Transform; Region Adjacency Graph, 2018 Dye sublimation print 48″ × 66-1/2″ (121.9 cm × 168.9 cm) © Trevor Paglen, courtesy the artist and MetroPictures, New York
Edward Burtynsky, Shipbreaking #4 Field Proof, Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2000, Chromogenic print from Type 55 Polaroid, 97 x 117 cm. © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Flowers Gallery, London / Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto.
31 August 2020 – 3 January 2021
*This exhibition closed early on 15 Dec 2020 due to Government Health Advice
Considering the ways in which lockdown has affected experiences of art and culture, Whitechapel Gallery’s Youth Forum, Duchamp & Sons, presents a virtually curated display featuring artworks drawn from the Hiscox Collection.
Confined to their homes and communicating virtually, Whitechapel Gallery’s youth collective, Duchamp & Sons, asked ‘How do we imagine a space where we have spent so much time over the past months? What does it mean to curate an exhibition from our kitchens and bedrooms, with our laptops and screens?’
The shared experience of lock down generated the themes for their curated display of work drawn from the Hiscox collection. Their chosen artworks either transport us to faraway destinations or compel us to look closer to home. Skyscapes and islands predominate with works such as Trevor Paglen’s CLOUDS (2018) revealing the pixel formulas required to image the sky, Lisa Oppenheim’s calendar of clouds, or Peter Doig’s radiant oarsman silhouetted against ‘Canoe Island’. A second gallery leads us back home with Gregory Crewdson’s cinematic view of small town goings on at twilight or Richard Billingham’s startlingly candid portraits of his family.
Through these galleries we can also hear the voices of the young curators sharing their thoughts on each work of art; their writings are also available online.
Artists featured in the exhibition include Richard Billingham, Edward Burtynsky, Gregory Crewdson, Peter Doig, Barbara Kasten, Agnieszka Kurant, Langlands and Bell, Lisa Oppenheim, Trevor Paglen and Cornelia Parker.
Global insurer Hiscox have been collecting modern and contemporary art for over 50 years. The collection comprises 1000 works by renowned artists, including Grayson Perry, Tacita Dean and Peter Doig. With no single work ever in storage, this living collection is displayed across the company’s 35 global offices – on the walls of common areas and meeting rooms, enlivening the working environment with art that provokes thought or sparks creativity.
25 Aug 2020 – 3 Jan 2021
Free, booking required
British painter Gary Hume brings a new perspective to the Hiscox Collection in their personal selection of works. For Hume, making and viewing art is a means of escape and invites us to escape the every day, and to find new joys and sorrows in the myriad worlds imagined for us by the artists he has selected.
This comprehensive catalogue explores Hume and Calero’s selections with texts by both artists, as well as images of the works exhibited. The book also serves as a reader of the last fifty years of contemporary art.
Listen to the group’s soundtrack which features their writings about the works on display.
Download the group’s writings about each work on display.
Read more about the project.