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Bonfire of the Vanities

Ellis, Patricia (2016) Bonfire of the Vanities. [Show/Exhibition]

Type of Research: Show/Exhibition
Creators: Ellis, Patricia

Paintings shown in group exhibition, curated by Juan Bolivar.

About the exhibition:
Display Gallery presented Bonfire of the Vanities, a group exhibition curated by Juan Bolivar, which brought together a selection of works by seventeen artists.

The 1990 film The Bonfire of the Vanities is a bittersweet portrayal of the late capitalism that characterised Western society in the 1980s and is based on Tom Wolfe’s best-selling novel of the same name.

In a recent interview, Tom Wolfe describes the role of the artist in cities and urban development, and explains how “aesthetics is going to replace ethics, and art is going to replace religion as the means through which people express their spiritual worthiness”. Art’s role, he maintains, lies within “the birth of a new economy where money isn’t exchanged for goods but an ‘experience’, a deep psychological satisfaction, and an intangible, known as excitement”

Other Contributors:
CuratorBolivar, Jean
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Camberwell College of Arts
Colleges > Chelsea College of Arts
Colleges > Wimbledon College of Arts
Date: 28 January 2016
Related Websites: http://displaygallery.co.uk/exhibitions/bonfire-of-the-vanities
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Locations / Venues:
From Date
To Date
Display Gallery, Holborn Viaduct, London
December 2015
January 2016
Material/Media: Paintings
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2016 15:07
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2016 15:07
Item ID: 9991
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/9991

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