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Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

Exhibition Detail
Shoot the Wrx, Artist and Film-maker
Royal Pavilion Gardens
Brighton , East Sussex BN1 1EE
United Kingdom

October 27th, 2012 - February 24th, 2013
 Jeff Keen in Marvo Movie, Jeff Keen in Marvo Movie, 1967, Film still
© Courtesy of Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
United Kingdom
03000 290900
Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 5pm
film, assemblage

A career-long retrospective of artist and film-maker Jeff Keen (1923-2012), who was one of the great figures of the British post-war avant-garde. Keen's work reveals a wild spirit of anarchic play, a fascination with surrealism, and a love of popular culture. His life-long commitment to Brighton & Hove will be celebrated in this display featuring a selection of his films alongside his paintings, drawings, poetry and assemblages.

Keen, who worked for Parks and Gardens for several years, spent most of his artistic career in Brighton and used the city as a major inspiration for his work. He ignored the hierarchies of the London arts scene and the wider world of avant-garde cinema in favour of a radical commitment to locality and intimate community. Keen’s work focuses lovingly on a close-knit circle of real and imaginary friends at work and at play in and around Brighton & Hove.

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