20 November 2014, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
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We Sit Starving Amidst Our Gold,
Jeremy Deller, painted by Stuart Hughes, 2013. Courtesy The British Council and The Modern Institute, Glasgow.
Turner Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller talks about curating a major exhibition at Modern Art Oxford of work by his two greatest influences.
Deller identifies Morris, in some ways, as an English Warhol, in that both artists chronicled and even defined their times; Warhol with the American Empire in his creation of some of its most enduring symbols, while Morris railed against the new industrialised age and actively sought an artistic and political alternative to it.
Both artists were populists; understanding the power of the print and its potential for replication and dissemination. Jeremy Deller creates a dialogue between two of the most influential cultural figures of nineteenth and twentieth centuries by drawing a connection of themes repeated in both artists work, most notably nature and the ‘Heroine in distress’.
Born in 1966, Jeremy Deller is a conceptual, video and installation artist. He studied History of Art at The Courtauld Institute. He won the Turner Prize in 2004 for a show which included The Battle of Orgreave and an installation Memory Bucket (2003), a documentary about Crawford, Texas – the hometown of George W. Bush – and the siege in nearby Waco.
Part of the programme of events complementing Anarchy and Beauty: William Morris and his Legacy 1860-1960