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William Morris Gallery

Magazine article Sculpture

William Morris Gallery

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London

Jeremy Deller

Through March 30, 2014

Deller may not qualify as a modernday William Morris yet, but he has already picked up the mantle. Like Morris, he won't separate art and politics, particularly when it comes to questions of equality and freedom from oppression; he's fond of (some) heritage; and he defends the environment and its creatures. "English Magic," his combative exhibition for the British Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale, couldn't have a more appropriate venue for its U.K. debut than Morris's former home. In a time-jumping whirlwind of ambiguous patriotism, Deller has a bit of fun with national myth-making, taking on money, fantasy, history, and horror. Surrounded by a backdrop of incendiary murals-Channel Island tax havens in flames, the banks of St Helier consumed in an insurrection- visitors can sit on a bench made from a pulverized Range Rover or hold Neolithic and Paleolithic axes found in the Thames Valley. …

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