Jeremy Deller, The History of the World, 1997, wall painting, dimensions variable.


Jeremy Deller

Hayward Gallery
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road
February 12–May 13, 2012

Curated by Ralph Rugoff

Assigned the deadpan title “Joy in People,” Jeremy Deller’s first midcareer survey foregrounds the Turner Prize–winning artist’s collaborative tendencies (as artist, publisher, filmmaker, archivist, and even parade organizer for Manifesta 5) as much as it does the wrenching social critique for which his work is known. In this comprehensive show, the breadth of Deller’s still-developing career will be relayed via some fifty projects—from his first exhibition (Open Bedroom), staged in his parents’ house in 1993, to his famed An Injury to One Is an Injury to All, 2001, a reenactment of the Battle of Orgreave (a confrontation between police and workers during the 1984 UK miners’ strike), to the culinary replica–cum–video installation Valerie’s Snack Bar, 2009, and multiple projects that will debut here. The catalogue offers an interview with the artist by Matthew Higgs, essays by Rugoff, Rob Young, and Stuart Hall, and even a text by the artist’s mother.