Graham Hudson: I'm Empty Like A Vegetable


Palazzo Sforza Cesarini, Via Sforza Cesarini 43a, Roma

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16 March – 22 April 2017This exhibition is now closed
Tuesday to Saturday 1pm–7pm
Opening: 15 March 2017, 7–9pm
Free admission

Hudson’s new project is centred around the mythical figure of the American actress Jane Fonda.

The English artist uses the character and history of the emblematic Fonda to present a number of issues relating to current politics, revealing a close link between what happened in 1968 in Europe and what is happening today on the same continent: from the birth of recent populist movements to issues concerning security in Western society.

The artist, best known for site-specific large installations (Material Presence, 176 / Zabludowicz Collection, London, 2008, ROCRO Bee., 2012, MACRO Rome) will show a new body of works that will include, for the first time, a series of pictorial works as well as installations and videos from 2014 to 2017.

Starting from the iconic beauty of the actress in the series of paintings that depict the various stages of his long and transverse career, Hudson shows Fonda de-personalized by the Hollywood star system.

Sculptures and video work will outline a common thread that focuses on radicalisation, not only within political history but also within the history of contemporary art, resurrecting the debate over socio-cultural issues half a century after the events of ’68.

Image Credits 1–Graham Hudson, The Suicide Sermon, Oil on canvas 220 x 160 cm. Courtesy the artist and Monitor, Rome