The New Decor
October 21 - February 6, 2011
The New Décor is an international survey of over 30 contemporary artists
from 22 countries who have created sculptures and installations which explore
interior design as a means of engaging with changes in contemporary culture.
The artists have transformed, subverted or recast the appearance of objects we
associate with the everyday – a bed, a shelf, a lamp – into something uncanny,
compelling, and revealing. Their work plays on the evolution of our interior
and exterior environments, as objects metamorphose into a hub of competing
references, evoking individual as well as collective scenarios, historical
events as well as intimate encounters.
Ralph Rugoff (born 1957) Curator of The New Décor exhibition and director of the Hayward Gallery in London. Since his appointment as Director of the Hayward Gallery in May 2006, Ralph has curated the acclaimed exhibitions, Ed Ruscha: Fifty Years of Painting; Psycho Buildings: Artists Take On Architecture; The Painting of Modern Life and, most recently, The New Décor. Prior to his appointment, Ralph was the Director of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco from 2000, where he was also the founding chair of the Curatorial Practice Program at the California College of the Arts. He has organised numerous group exhibitions over the past 15 years as well as individual projects with artists such as Jeremy Deller, Ann Veronica Janssens, Mike Kelley and Mike Nelson. He has written for newspapers and magazines, and has contributed essays for books and periodicals on a wide range of contemporary artists, including Circus Americanus (Verso), a book of essays on popular visual culture. In 2002 Ralph served as a curatorial advisor to the Sydney Biennale, and in 2005 he was a curatorial correspondent for the Turin Triennale. In December 2005, he was awarded the Katherine Ordway prize given in recognition of important contributions to the field of contemporary arts and letters.
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