Documentary Realism

A new exhibition examining the the role of painting in the digital age.

Exhibition Dates: 2nd March 2015 – 29th March 2015

Curated by Robert Priseman this new show explores how contemporary artists are utilising painting traditions of the past to ask challenging questions about the social realities of the 21st century.

Download a pdf catalogue with essays by Robert Priseman, Paul O’Kane and Sophie Cummings here and buy a copy of the book Documentary Realism Book Here

With the overwhelming amount of visual and written information being presented to us through broadcasting and publishing channels, we are seeing the emergence of conflicting news reports on the economy, war on terror, celebrity culture and the celebration of wealth in a time of mass unemployment, food banks and social poverty. It is within this context that an increasing number of artists are returning to the “aura” of the authentic art object and claiming it as their own. In doing this they are using the traditional genres of still-life, urban landscape, satire and modern history painting by commandeering the images they find on the internet, in newspapers, magazines and from their mobile phones. They are then reflecting the mass-media back on itself.

Exhibition Venue: The Crypt St Marylebone Parish Church