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The Problem with Humans

The Problem with Humans, 2017 - Jeremy Deller


about this work

This edition is part of School Prints, a series produced by the Hepworth Wakefield, reviving a groundbreaking scheme set up in the 1940s to supply original, high-quality contemporary art to primary schools.

About this edition, Jeremy Deller says: “I’ve always felt that contemporary art is much better suited to children than it is to adults. Because adults bring so many preconceived ideas and fears about art, whereas children react in a much more visceral, immediate way. The best artists should have their work seen in schools. It totally makes sense. My print is almost like an illustration from a book. It’s meant to make little kids smile.”

about Jeremy Deller

°1966, London (UK) – lives and works in London (UK)

Jeremy Deller is an artist who questions the paradoxes of popular culture, particularly British culture, within the context of a post-industrial society. These paradoxes are not just something that exist in vernacular demonstrations, in folklore or in performances, but are something that can be promoted by art. Art is capable of producing scenarios, experiences, moments of community, where the paradoxes, the nooks and crannies and the cracks are not resolved but become productive. Since the 1990s, it has generated a series of practices and events that involve the operation of diverse desires and social tensions, as well as the different existing representations of identity, history and community. Deller is known for his Battle of Orgreave (2001), a reenactment of the actual Battle of Orgreave which occurred during the UK miners' strike in 1984.

(courtesy of Azkuna Zentroa)

Deller won the Turner Prize in 2004, and in 2010 was awarded the Albert Medal of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce. Solo exhibitions include Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Barbican, London; Kunstverein, Munich; New Museum, New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

Jeremy Deller is represented by the following galleries;
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The Modern Institute, Glasgow 

Galerie Art Concept, Paris 

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