A new exhibition opened yesterday at the Hayward:
Art Bought Online
A range of images and objects have been selected by Hayward Curatorial Associate Tom Morton and purchased from the auction site eBay.co.uk over a two-week period in August 2008. The chosen pieces reflect Britain’s ‘hidden’ art – works that have occupied people’s homes rather than the public space of a gallery, offered for sale through the democratic marketplace of the internet. View Basket comprises everything from Victorian paintings to original comic art, from customised action figures to ephemera by leading art world figures. An ever-expanding selection of works fill the gallery as new items arrive during the run of the exhibition, reflecting the project’s open-ended nature. It also includes a display of the improvised and sometimes highly idiosyncratic packaging in which these items have been sent to The Hayward. When the exhibition ends the works will become part of The Hayward’s archive.
Genius. Hope to get to go and see it. We have quite a collection of artworks adorning our walls from ebay – its a great place to get unusual prints for cheap. (I’d tell you the name of my favourite dealer, but you may bid the prices up….)