Strictly Death: Selected Works from the Richard Harris Collection
On Display at The Slought Foundation, Philadelphia
January 23 - March 8, 2010
Opening reception on Saturday, January 23, 2010; 6:30pm-8:30pm
Free (Reservation not required)
Balloon proudly announces a collaboration with the Philadelphia based Slought Foundation. Strictly Death: Selected Works from the Richard Harris Collection, on display in the Foundation's Philadelphia galleries from January 23 through March 8, 2010. The opening will take place on Saturday, January 23 from 6:30-8:30pm, with a special address at 6:30pm on Thomas De Quincey, aesthetics, and death prepared by philosopher Simon Critchley, author of The Book of Dead Philosophers(2009). Strictly Death is a provocative exhibition that explores the iconography of death across a range of artistic practices. The exhibition selection surveys work by contemporary artists including Jasper Johns, Robert Mapplethorpe, Kiki Smith, Irving Penn, Leonard Baskin, Vik Muniz, the Chapman Brothers, Andres Serrano, and Sally Mann, exhibited alongside historical works and memento mori by artists including Durer, Rembrandt, Goya, Odilon Redon, and James Ensor. The exhibition also includes material culture and historical artifacts including miniature bone carvings by Napoleonic prisoners, bronze sculls from the baroque period, and Day of the Dead illustrations by Mexican folk artist Jose Guadalupe Posada, as well as documentary research into the archivization of death following the genocides of the twentieth-century. Click here for a complete description of the event.