Tom Hunter: Life and Death in Hackney
February 7 – August 7, 2016
East Building, Concourse Elevator Lobby, CLA-98
This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.
Overview: This installation features five photographs by British artist
In each photograph, Hunter chooses a poignant Victorian precedent and translates its melancholic mood to the post-industrial landscape of his neighborhood, using local inhabitants as his models. Like the Pre-Raphaelite painters who came before, Hunter also focuses on the marginal and disempowered. By adding the weight of historical allusion to his compositions, Hunter imparts a dignity to his often overlooked subjects, transforming the disaffected youth of contemporary London into his heroes and heroines.
Organization: Organized by National Gallery of Art, Washington