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Anthea Hamilton

Anthea Hamilton (b. 1978, London, UK)  studied at Leeds Metropolitan University and the  Royal College of Art, London. She was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2016.

Hamilton is renowned for her art-pop, culture-inspired sculptures and installations that incorporate references from the worlds of art, fashion, design and cinema. Research is at the heart of Anthea Hamilton’s work, whether it is into art nouveau design, the roots of 1970’s disco or lichen. Each subject is studied closely and used as a lens through which to view the world. Hamilton has commented on being strongly influenced by the early 20th century French writer and dramatist Antonin Artaud and his call for the ‘physical knowledge of images’. It is this bodily response to an idea or an image that she wants us to experience when we encounter her work and its use of unexpected  materials, scale and  humour.

Her recent solo exhibitions and performances include: LOVE IV: COLD SHOWER (with Nicholas Byrne),  Schinkel Pavillion, Berlin, Germany (2016); Lichen! Libido! Chastity! SculptureCenter, New York, USA (2015); House, Oslo, Norway (2015) LET’S GO, Bloomberg SPACE, London, UK (2013); Sorry I’m Late, Firstsite, Colchester, UK (2012); Kabuki, Performance Year Zero, The Tanks, Tate Modern.

She has participated in numerous group exhibitions that most recently include: British Art Show 8, touring (2015-2017); Chance Encounters, LOEWE Foundation, Miami, USA (2015-2016); La Vie Moderne, 13th Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, France (2016); TERRAPOLIS,NEON and the Whitechapel Gallery, Ecole de Francaise d’Athens, Athens, Greece (2015); 10th Gwangju Biennale: Burning Down the House, Gwangju, South Korea (2014); Notes on Neo Camp, Studio Voltaire, London, UK (2013).

In 2016, The Hepworth Wakefield and Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge presented a new installation by 2016 Turner Prize nominee, Anthea Hamilton. For Anthea Hamilton Reimagines Kettle’s Yard, Hamilton reinstalled our exhibition  Kettle’s Yard at The Hepworth Wakefield, which was on display while Kettle’s Yard was closed for renovation.

‘I often don’t see the difference between an artwork that I’ve made, or an object that I’ve found. It’s more about my pull towards that object or how I want to share what I find interesting about something with somebody else – it becomes more about this conversational aspect.’


Related exhibitions & events

Anthea Hamilton Reimagines Kettle's Yard

15 Sep 2016 - 01 May 2017

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Plasters: Casts and Copies

02 May 2015 - 08 May 2016

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