BIBLIOTHEQUES AND BROTHELS
OCTOBER 28 - NOVEMBER 27, 2010
60 East 66th Street
Invitation, 2010, Ink on paper, 13 13/16" x 10 5/8"
BIBLIOTHEQUES AND BROTHELS
October 28 - November 27, 2010
.......Adam Baumgold Gallery presents an exhibition of drawings by Adam Dant, "Bibliotheques and Brothels" from October 28 through November 27. Passions inflamed by the library and the bedchamber come together in this new series of intriguing, perverse and enlightening works. In these drawings, Adam Dant depicts bibliophilia as a form of physical lust: hallowed and ordered chambers of learning such as the New York Public Library, The Library of Alexandria and the library of Dant's local mosque transform into repositories of desire. Scenes in which licentiousness and culture collide are rendered in detailed sepia ink and wash, and heightened with elaborate gouache decorative borders and gold leaf embellishments.
.......The large drawing "The Dissolution of the Call Centres," 2009 depicts an alternative realm where scholarly virility is celebrated and worshipped. Dant imagines the scriptorium of St Michael's monastery infested by the modern industry of 'outsourced telephony': call centre workers replace medieval monks, while a large group of stern and violent Victorian gangmasters supplants Henry Vlll's zealous reformers. The drawing's intricately patterned edge is illuminated with photographic roundels that assist in the creation of a convincing faux icon or bogus historical document. The result is a theatrical tableau which parodies the banal stereotyping of the media and advertising.
is Adam Dant's fourth solo exhibition at the gallery. His works are included
in the permanent collections of MoMA, New York, Tate Britain, The Victoria
and Albert Museum, The Government Art Collection, HRH The Prince of Wales,
Musée d'art Contemporain Lyon, and the San Diego Museum of Art.
He has had solo exhibitions at The Drawing Room, London, and The New Art
Gallery, Walsall, as well as group exhibitions at the Hayward Gallery,
London, and MOMA, New York, among others. He was the winner of the Jerwood
Prize for drawing in 2002, and created Donald Parsnips Daily Journal from
1995 -1998. He lives and works in London.
Bodleian library, Oxford / sheltering circus' 2010
Bibliotheque National, Paris / The Fall of Rome' 2010
York Public Library/ Arcadia' 2010
Vatican Library/ VIA APPIA ANTICA' 2010
British Library Reading Room (Weather)," 2010
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