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British Art Show 7, In the Days of the Comet

23 Oct, 2010 at 12:00 am - 9 Jan, 2011 at 12:00 am

A photograph of a wall with a spotlight on it with green text which reads "British Art Show 7 In the Days of the Comet"

British Art Show is widely recognised as the most ambitious and influential exhibition of contemporary British art. Organised by Hayward Touring Exhibitions, it takes place every five years and tours to four different cities across the UK. Now in its seventh incarnation, British Art Show opens in Nottingham and tours for the first time in 20 years to the Hayward Gallery, followed by venues in Glasgow and Plymouth. It is curated by Lisa Le Feuvre and Tom Morton.

The 39 selected artists have been chosen on the grounds of their significant contribution to contemporary art in the last five years. All artworks included have been produced since 2005 and encompass sculpture, painting, installation, drawing, photography, film, video and performance, with many artists creating new works especially for the exhibition. British Art Show 7 will mark a change in direction from previous years, moving away from the model of a survey show to an exhibition with a marked curatorial focus.

Subtitled In the Days of the Comet, British Art Show 7 employs the motif of the comet to explore and draw together a set of concerns that thread their way through the practices of the selected artists. Here the comet alludes to the measuring of time, to historical recurrence, and to parallel worlds. Comets are also commonly understood as harbingers of change, and fittingly the exhibition will evolve as it moves from city to city, revealing new works at different venues, creating a unique exhibition in each host city.

At New Art Exchange we are proud to host works by artists Christian Marclay, Duncan Campbell, Elizabeth Price, and Edgar Schmitz.