Magazine article Sculpture

Turner Contemporary

Magazine article Sculpture

Turner Contemporary

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Margate, U.K.

Jeremy Deller

Through January 11, 2015

Deller may not yet qualify as a mod- ern-day William Morris, John Ruskin, or JMW Turner, but he has already picked up the mantle. Like those Vic- torian radicals, he won't separate art and politics, particularly when it comes to questions of equality and freedom. After a stint at Morris's for- mer home and studio, "English Magic," Deller's combative exhibition for the British Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale, completes its U.K. tour at another venue associated with an iconic (and socially progres- sive) British artist. In a time-jumping whirlwind of ambiguous patriotism, Deller has a bit of fun with national myth-making, taking on money, fan- tasy, 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 Pale- olithic axes found in the Thames Val- ley. …

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