Crash art


Explosion II by Roy Lichtenstein

Just heard via V. Vale’s RE/Search mailing list of an exciting upcoming exhibition in London, Crash: Homage to J.G. Ballard. Running from February 11th to April 1st at the Gagosian Gallery near King’s Cross, this major exhibition celebrates the impact of Ballard’s singular imagination, and of course follows the author’s recent demise.

Drawing on a wide variety of artists populating the Ballardian realms between Surrealism and Pop Art, the exhibition features work by (among others) Francis Bacon, Hans Bellmer, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Salvador Dalí, Eduardo Paolozzi, Andy Warhol, and Ballard himself. Apparently Ballard’s photographs of his own car crash have recently been discovered, and will be on display.

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