Part of National Museums Liverpool
The exhibition explored the relationship between art and cinema, delving into the fascinating question of what inspires artists. Featuring work by artists including Fiona Banner, Anthea Hamilton, Hardeep Pandhal and Sam Taylor-Johnson, the exhibition considered the influence of cinema on art across more than 20 artworks. The works represented a broad range of media, including screenprints, photography and film.
‘As seen on screen’ showcased Merseyside-born artist Fiona Banner’s ‘The Desert’ - a five metre-wide screenprint which retells the epic 1962 film ‘Lawrence of Arabia’. The large scale of the artwork brings to mind the experience of gazing up at a cinema screen.
Well-known film characters featured, as in Stuart Pearson Wright’s ‘Woman Surprised by a Werewolf’, while iconic films were referenced in artworks such as ‘A Nightmare on BAME Street’ by Hardeep Pandhal, and in Stefan Themerson’s series of photographic stills from his 1932 film ‘Europa'. Michelle Williams Gamaker’s ‘House of Women’, a film in which actors audition for a re-make of the 1947 film ‘Black Narcissus’, also featured. Both Banner and Williams Gamaker reimagine films to explore their impact.
Image: Anthea Hamilton, Venice Kimono (installation view), 2012. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © the artist
31 May to 18 August 2019
Walker Art Gallery
William Brown Street, Liverpool L3 8EN
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''As seen on screen: art and cinema' is an Arts Council Collection National Partners exhibition.
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