A provocative Exhibition at Guildhall Art Gallery
CITY OF HEAVEN CITY OF HELL
16 January – 9 April 2005
Exhibition curated by the London Arts Café
‘The Citizens of London are respected and noted famous above
all other citizens for the elegance of their manners, dress, table, and
William Fitzstephen, Description of London, around 1175
‘…if you do not want to dwell with evildoers, do not
live in London. I do not speak against learned or religious men, or against
Jews: however, because of their living amidst evil people, I believe they
are less perfect there than elsewhere.’
The Chronicle of Richard of Devizes of the Time of
King Richard the First, 1195
These medieval words echo a very old debate between
London as a beautiful city versus London as an evil place. This debate
is still raging today and the exhibition London Now – City of Heaven
City of Hell will surprise and arrest visitors by its vitality and relevance.What
is the true face of London? The exhibition London Now – City of
Heaven, City of Hell will bring together powerful works by ten artists
who have lived and worked in London for all or most of their lives. They
will make you see what you have overlooked, and think the unthinkable.
Is London all doom and gloom?
Is London a sacred city?
Come and find out.
The exhibition and this online show features the work of:
John BARTLETT Janet BROOKE Mark
CAZALET David HEPHER Timothy
Magnus IRVIN Ben
JOHNSON Jiro OSUGA Arturo
Di STEFANO Alec WORSTER
For more on the exhibition and the exhibitors, issue 17 of 'Art
and cities', the magazine of the London Arts Café,
will be available at the show at the Guildhall Art Gallery.