Posted 18th September 2008 by RedHouse Originals

The Metro – Project One: ICONS

Project One: ICONS at 108 Fine Art – curated by RedHouse Originals

Source: The Metro, written by Marie-Claire-Daly
Thursday 18th September 18, 2008

108 Fine Art gallery in Harrogate is bringing together the work of some impressive names for its new exhibition, Project One: ICONS.

The retrospective of pop and urban art features original work and limited-edition prints by a host of pioneering artists. These include Sir Peter Blake, who created the album cover for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band; French stencil graffiti artist Blek Le Rat; former KLF man James Cauty; and Sex Pistols cohort Jamie Reid. As that list would suggest, music plays a major part in this exhibition and many of the pieces, including prints by drum’n’bass don Goldie, are intended to explore the cross-pollination of music and art.

There are other recurring themes, including two versions of Andy Warhol’s picture of Marilyn Monroe. Of these pop-art portraits, Charles Lutz’s reproduction is the more interesting. The picture was part of his ‘Denial And Acceptance’ series, a sly dig at the nature of authenticity and commerce in art.

Lutz recreated several of Warhol’s most iconic pieces, including Marilyn and his 1964 Self Portrait With Silver Hair, sent them to The Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board, knowing they would be rejected, and waited for them to returned with a ‘denied’ stamp on the back. Not all pop art is made with a sense of humour in mind, and Tim Shaw’s dark, twisted models are among the pieces that challenge this stereotype.

Sat until Oct 11, 108 Fine Art, 108 West End Avenue, Harrogate, Sat and Sep 22 to 27 10am to 5pm, other times by appointment, free. Tel: 01423 819108.