Why Neoclassical taste is making a comeback

Do you have the resources to commission artists with a background in less-trodden forms of visual culture? Then try out Art Hub – New Perspectives, the latest offering from Tuffnell House in Bloomsbury. The…

Why Neoclassical taste is making a comeback

Do you have the resources to commission artists with a background in less-trodden forms of visual culture? Then try out Art Hub – New Perspectives, the latest offering from Tuffnell House in Bloomsbury.

The early part of the project is an expansive survey of contemporary visual culture – from operetta to street art – curated by the cast of the acclaimed production ROHO [Red Eye: Here’s a Reply] and curated by Rowena McCaffrey and Dominic Guy. Start listening to the The Early Ones, a song cycle composed by composers Martine Grant and Anna Meredith from the second world war years, and weeding out the usual suspects to see who had something interesting in their eye.

The second part of the project, an exhibition curated and curated by award-winning author David Furnish, photographs by Alice Rawsthorn and Philippa Smith, from the same archive, shows that despite their esoteric backgrounds, artists are the new faces of visual culture. The Appointment, a collaboration between writer, critic and artist Sheila Heti and musician Steve Albini, is a digital experience of one afternoon at a shared gallery experience, a 24-hour written composition based on two identical moving images.

After the intermission comes Record in the Way of My Soul, a substantial exhibition showing how, for the first time, a broad spectrum of visual artists have responded to the demographic with essential profiles, histories and profiles. Opening a window into new aesthetics, it puts the identities of the artists, labels and cultural production on show.

• Urban Hertfordshire gallery, Camden Street, London NW1, 10-30 June, nationalart.uk

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