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Valentine, 2008 C Print 100 X 100cm
Curated by: Katie Heller

42 Crutched Friars
London EC3N 2AP
United Kingdom
December 2nd, 2011 - February 23rd, 2012
Opening: December 1st, 2011 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

city, barbican
Friday 4-6pm or by appointment
photography, mixed-media, landscape, figurative, modern, sculpture


Iconic club present pre-eminent contemporary British artists

iconoclast — n
1. a person who attacks established or traditional concepts, principles, laws, etc
2. a destroyer of religious images or sacred objects

In the history of art, artists have often looked to the past to shape the present, either assimilating or reacting against it. In this exhibition a number of works have been selected a new breed of pre-eminent, contemporary British artists at the forefront of their field, whose work pays tribute to their predecessors whilst at the same time creating something entirely modern. The viewer is forced to see this evolution, to retrieve it from art history and bring it up to date. For the traditionalist this may at times be uncomfortable: for the more forward thinking we are simply breathing new life into the old.

The Lloyds Club in Crutched Friars, a quarter of London steeped in history provides the perfect setting for such an exhibition. The grade II listed building was built in 1616 by the Ambassador of France and the road Crutched Friars, known at The Canons Regular of the Order of the Holy Cross, dates back to 1210. The club was formed in 1920, originally an establishment frequented by bankers and men of the city. This is the first time that this iconic club is opening up to the public, inviting you to enjoy both the space and the art and if you so wish the food and wine.

And so it is in the heart of London’s financial centre, as the very fabric of the World’s financial order appears to be unravelling, that we challenge the old guard while inviting our audience to question their values and ideals, and perhaps catch a glimpse of a different order.

This exhibition is sponsored by Asahi and Waddesdon, The Rothschild Collection