Angus Fairhurst
English, 1966-2008
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Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2016
Angus Fairhurst: All Body and Text Removed,
Meliksetian | Briggs
2014
Angus Fairhurst, Unprinted: Graphic works from 1992 - 2006,
Paul Stolper Gallery
2011
Angus Fairhust: A Couple of Differences Between Thinking and Feeling,
Fort Worth Contemporary Arts

Angus Fairhurst was a quiet member of the Young British Artists (YBA), the late 1980s movement typically associated with the flash and notoriety of artists Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin. Fairhurst, a classmate, close friend, and influencer of Hirst, was instrumental in organizing the “Freeze” exhibition of 1988, which launched the YBAs and shaped the ensuing decades in British contemporary art. Fairhurst’s conceptual work—which includes sculpture, painting, performance, photography, video, music, printmaking, drawing, and collage—is marked by an anti-establishment sense of humor. In a 1991 commentary on the self-referential qualities of the art world, Fairhurst staged a performance titled Gallery Connections; he connected the phones of London’s premiere contemporary art dealers so that they could only talk to each other. Fairhurst is best known for the recurring motif of gorillas in his …

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