CLASSICICITY will establish multiple dialogues between the ancient and the modern – aesthetic, conceptual and narrative. It will re-present the classical through the lens of the contemporary while also setting contemporary art inside a classical frame, asserting the continued manifold influences of Greek and Roman art. The show will ask us to look at Greek and Roman antiquities not as museum artefacts but as seductive, emotive and provocative works of art. It will refute the idea of a stable and definable ‘classical tradition’ in art, proposing that contemporary responses to the classical are as eclectic and multilayered as the classical past itself. The works in the exhibition will articulate a myriad of possible ‘classicisms’ – setting forth a dynamic, shifting and open-ended territory of classicicity.
CLASSICITY is curated by Ruth Allen and James Cahill, and arranged in collaboration with Rupert Wace Ancient Art.
The exhibition will include works by a range of leading and emerging international artists, including Nell Allen, Edward Allington, Maggi Hambling, Richard Hawkins, Rachel Kneebone, Tory Lawrence, Sarah Lucas, Ged Quinn, Ryan M Pfeiffer + Rebecca Walz, Mary Reid Kelley and Alexandre Singh. Ancient artworks will include a Roman relief fragment depicting the head of Mars, from the 2nd century AD.