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You’ll Never Work In This Town Again

You’ll Never Work In This Town Again, 2009 - Phil Collins

You’ll Never Work In This Town Again, 2009

Phil Collins  

42 x 30 cm / 16.54 x 11.81 inch
Edition of 100 copies, signed and numbered by the artist.

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  • Lambda print on archival paper
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about this work

To accompany the group exhibition Double Agent in 2008, Phil Collins has made the photographic print You’ll Never Work In This Town Again (2009) for the ICA, featuring two of the images from his series you’ll never work in this town again (2004—on-going), which is a series of photographic portraits of curators, critics, dealers, collectors and other figures in the art world—photographed on the understanding that the image would be taken immediately after the artist had slapped each sitter hard around the face. The work can be seen both as a pre-emptive strike by the artist towards those who have the capacity to make or break his career, and as a shared moment of intimacy, while also revealing the narcissism of those who want to be in a work of art—even if it means physical pain. The photographs on show were all taken in London in 2006. Collins has chosen to present the two images as a diptych on a single sheet.

about Phil Collins

By means of performance and photographic and video installations, Phil Collins examines how we participate in and understand (mostly) hard-to-reach cultures. Encouraging people to reveal their individuality, Collins invites them to perform for his camera lens in order to capture scenes of intimacy, exhibitionism, and vulnerability. In this way, Collins is especially interested in using the camera as the premise for a performative situation, articulating the nuances of relations embedded in the aesthetic regimes and economies that define everyday existence.

Phil Collins has had numerous solo exhibitions, including shows at Museum Ludwig in Cologne; Dallas Museum of Art; SFMOMA, San Francisco; and Tate Britain in London. Collins' work has also been included in several group exhibitions at institutions such as MoMA and MoMA PS1 in New York; Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago; Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven; New Museum in New York; and Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. He also participated at the 9th International Istanbul Biennial in 2005 and the 9th Shanghai Biennale in 2012.

His works are represented in the collections of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York; Tate Collection in London; MoMA in New York; and Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, among others. Collins was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2006.

Phil Collins is represented by the following gallery;
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Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York

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