B Holm Andresen is the only Norwegian in a group of otherwise solely British contemporary artists to exhibit at Colony in Birmingham until 10 December.
The exhibition, curated by Tate Modern's Paul McAree, is entitled “All at once, Together at the Same Time” and highlights the dilemmas of making a selection among artwork, seen from a curator’s viewpoint.
The painting “Giggle, goggle; goo” by B Holm Andresen, is already in a British collection, however the owner has kindly agreed to let the painting be exhibited. It depicts an ironic portrait of one of the most important collectors of our time; Charles Saatchi. The work draws comparisons with the renaissance painting by Sandro Botticelli of Guiliano de‘Medici and the portrait of the Duke of Urbino, painted by Piero della Francesca in 1472. In both these paintings it is unusually the art collector that is the primary focus. B Holm Andresen’s humorous use of text in the painting makes clear reference to the 1960’s Pop Art and the use of cartoons and advertising in art. The fact that the text itself is taken from the leaflet for Saatchi’s private Museum in London, further exemplifies this.
The contact between B Holm Andresen and Paul McAree was established at a solo exhibition held by B Holm Andresen in London earlier this year and the artist was subsequently approached for the show at Colony.
B Holm Andresen at the Colony Gallery Birmingham.
Regent Street, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham B1
1 November to 10 December 2005