Werner Büttner – No Scene from my Studio

Back in the 1970s and ‘80s, mixed media artist Werner Buttner was regarded as one of the Bad Boys of the German art scene along with Martin Kippenberger and Albert Oehlen. Apart from their hell-raising antics, the trio were united in their conviction that their art should confront social norms with satire and wit. 

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Jim Shaw – Hope Against Hope

If you weren’t familiar with the work of the American artist Jim Shaw, it wouldn’t take you long to figure out who he won’t be voting for in next week’s Presidential election. His monochrome silkscreen print, above, is entitled Donald and Melania Trump descending the escalator into the 9th circle of hell reserved for traitors frozen in a sea of ice. It’s what it says on the tin, typical of the biting wit that Shaw unleashes in this marvellous exhibition of new works at London’s Simon Lee Gallery, his first here for four years.

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