The Beard Pictures
The Beard Pictures are violent, eerie, grotesque, lurid and crazed. They show a dream-like world of paranoia, destruction and madness. Their strange sickly colours and creeping, smashed up, absurd landscapes confront the viewer with relentless aggression. The Beard Pictures depict a world bereft of reason, in which negotiation no longer exists. Gilbert & George take their place within The Beard Pictures as intense, red, staring, empty-headed and sinister versions of themselves. Their eyes are shadowed and bizarrely prettified. Mutant, impish explorers or dead-headed sentinels, they seem to look at, into and through the viewer. They look possessed and serious. They look as though their spirits might have left their bodies. They look stern, absurd, imprisoned, mocking and mocked. 22nd November – 28 January 2018 at whitecube.com
Jamie Hewlett: Works From The Past 25 Years

‘You go with an idea, you want to do it the best you possibly can, and you see where that leads,’ says Jamie Hewlett. ‘But I don’t know if I’ve done an iconic picture yet. I just don’t know.’ We beg to differ.

Jamie Hewlett is one of the most energetic figures of contemporary pop culture. With influences ranging from hip hop to zombie slasher movies, Hewlett emerged in the mid 1990s as co-creator of the zeitgeist-defining Tank Girl comic. With then-roommate Damon Albarn, he went on to create the unique cartoon band Gorillaz, a virtual pop group of animated characters, who have recorded five albums and mounted breathtaking live spectacles. Since then, Hewlett has continued to collaborate with Albarn on projects including an elaborate staging of the Chinese novel Monkey: Journey to the West by Wu Cheng’en, complete with circus acrobats, Shaolin monks, and Chinese singers. In 2006, he was named ‘Designer of the Year’ by the Design Museum in London, and in 2009, Hewlett and Albarn won a BAFTA for their Monkey animated sequence for the Beijing Olympic Games. More recently, The Suggestionists, an exhibition of prints at the Saatchi Gallery in London, demonstrated an exciting new direction in Hewlett’s practice. A new TASCHEN edition, Hewlett’s first major monograph, illustrates his thrilling creative journey with more than 400 artworks from the Tank Girl era through Gorillaz and up to the present day. Through stories, characters, strips, and sketches, we trace Hewlett’s exceptional capacity for invention and celebrate a polymath artist who refuses to rest on his laurels, or to be pigeonholed into a particular practice. taschen.com
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