Facilitating Development

Facilitating Development

Internationally acclaimed practitioners come together to create a new major fund, Artists for Artangel, in support of the celebrated arts commissioning agency. Artists contributing to this new initiative include Francis Alÿs, Jeremy Deller, Robert Gober, Antony Gormley, Roni Horn, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Simon, Wolfgang Tillmans and Rachel Whiteread – all practitioners who have worked closely with the organisation over the last 25 years. A selection of works will be displayed in a special exhibition opening at Cork Street, London (7 June), and will be offered through an online auction (from 8-27 June).

Artangel produces and exhibits striking works of art in unexpected places around London, the UK and the wider world. Expanding notions of spatial boundaries, the company produces innovative work that exists outside the gallery walls, transforming public spaces in surprising ways. Past projects include Turner prize winner Whiteread’s House; Taryn Simon’s An Occupation of Loss; Roger Hiorns’ Seizure; Steve McQueen’s Caribs’ Leap / Western Deep and Deller’s The Battle of Orgreave.

Donated pieces comprise new sculptures by Gormley and Whiteread, alongside Susan Hiller’s London Jukebox, which embodies the city through music. Timely paintings by Alÿs and Richard Hamilton explore notions of conflict, whilst works from the Inside: Artists and Writers in Reading Prison project investigate the experience of incarceration. For example, McQueen’s Weight sculpture with prison bed, Tillmans’ Separate System self-portrait photograph, Vija Celmins’ Night Sky and Horn’s gold sculpture Double Mobius visualise the day-to-day life, architecture and emotional impact associated with confinement.

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1. Roger Hiorns, Seizure, 2008_2013. Courtesy the artist, the Arts Council Collection and YSP. Photo Nigel Roddis