Bob and Roberta Smith

The Story of Art is Both Light and Dark

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Year 2021
Medium Gouache on paper
Dimensions 29.7 x 21.1 cm
Top pick Aimee Dawson, The Art Newspaper

About the work

The drawings for this year’s Biennial are two slogans that say what they mean…

About the artist:

Born 1963 London, Patrick Brill lives and works in London. Graduated from University of Reading (1981-1985), and Goldsmiths College of Art (1991-1993).

‘Bob and Roberta Smith’ is the pseudonym used by conceptual artist Patrick Brill. As well as sign painting, Brill makes sculptures in cement, co-founded and performs music with The Ken Ardley Playboys, and hosts the radio show Make Your Own Damn Music on Resonance fm.

His works are held in public and private collections including the Tate, London; Arts Council Collection, London; and British Council Collection, London.

Selected solo exhibitions include Bob and Roberta Smith, Plymouth Arts Centre (2013); Art Makes Children Powerful, The Butler Gallery as part of the Kilkenny Arts Festival (2013); The Art Party USA Comes to the UK, Hales Gallery, London (2012); The Gotham Golem, Pierogi Gallery, New York (2011); I should be in charge, Hales Gallery, London (2010); A memorial to Harry Farr, Galerie Kusseneers, Antwerp (2009); I was up all night making this, Cesane Manzo Gallery, Rome (2009); and Christmas Tree, Tate Britain, London (2008). Selected group exhibitions include British Council touring exhibition, The National College of Arts, Pakistan (2013); The Crisis Commission, Somerset House, London (2012); Fourth Plinth: Contemporary Monument, Institute of Contemporary Art, London (2012); British Council touring exhibition, Red Star Gallery, Beijing (2012); British Council touring exhibition, National Gallery, Tirana (2011-2012); Rude Britannia, Tate Britain, London (2010); I Should be in Charge, Hayward Gallery façade, London (2010); and British Council touring exhibition, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2009).

← Bob and Roberta Smith

Art Teachers Are Human Rights Workers

John Smith →

Signed on Back

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