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Jeremy Deller: Joy in People

Jeremy Deller: Joy in People, 22 February – 13 May 2012, Hayward Gallery. A hugely influential artist for much of the past two decades, Jeremy Deller has helped to rewrite the rules of contemporary art in many respects.

Describing himself as a ‘self-taught conceptual artist’, he has alternatively been an assembler of things and a ‘stager’ of events, orchestrating, curating and directing projects including processions, historical re-enactments, demonstrations, films and exhibitions. Much of his work has been collaborative and participatory, and many of his open-ended projects have explored and extolled the values of vernacular culture, while tracing new connections between disparate histories and communities.  

This mid-career survey – the first in the artist’s career – provided a fresh overview of his multi-faceted work. The exhibition incorporated – and in some cases, reconstructed – almost all of his major works since the early 1990s, including installations, photographs, videos, posters, banners, performance works and sound pieces. 

The exhibition was accompanied by an illustrated catalogue featuring essays by esteemed cultural theorist Stuart Hall, music historian Rob Young and Hayward Gallery Director Ralph Rugoff, and a conversation between Deller and artist Matthew Higgs.

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A hugely influential artist for much of the past two decades, Jeremy Deller has helped to rewrite the rules of contemporary art in many respects. Describing himself as a ‘self-taught conceptual artist’, he has alternatively been an assembler of things and a ‘stager’ of events, orchestrating, curating and directing projects including processions, historical re-enactments, demonstrations, films and exhibitions. Much of his work has been collaborative and participatory, and many of his open-ended projects have explored and extolled the values of vernacular culture, while tracing new connections between disparate histories and communities.  

This mid-career survey – the first in the artist’s career – provided a fresh overview of his multi-faceted work. The exhibition incorporated – and in some cases, reconstructed – almost all of his major works since the early 1990s, including installations, photographs, videos, posters, banners, performance works and sound pieces. 

The exhibition was accompanied by an illustrated catalogue featuring essays by esteemed cultural theorist Stuart Hall, music historian Rob Young and Hayward Gallery Director Ralph Rugoff, and a conversation between Deller and artist Matthew Higgs.

Joy in People Cover by artist, Jeremy Deller

Jeremy Deller: Joy In People

An illustrated catalogue featuring texts by cultural theorist Stuart Hall and musician Rob Young.

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