Ashley Bickerton

(b. 1959)

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(1959– )

British/American sculptor, born in Barbados. He studied at the California Institute of Arts, well known for the engagement of many of its students in the imagery of popular culture. In 1986 he exhibited alongside Peter Halley, Jeff Koons, and the Venezuelan-born Meyer Vaisman (1960– ) in an exhibition at the Sonnabend Gallery, New York, which helped to define the Neo-Geo movement. Le Art (1987) is an aluminium box covered in corporate logos. Rather than present a critique of such things, Bickerton said that he was interested in utilizing ‘the process of corruption as a poetic form’ and that ‘we're all riding the monster train and we can't get off’. Following an art market recession at the beginning of the 1990s, Bickerton moved to Brazil and then to Bali, where he now lives and works. An exhibition in New York of 2006, in which he showed grotesque images on the theme of sexual tourism, was reviewed by Holland Cotter in the following terms: ‘It offers a worldview that is basically an end-of-the-world view, beyond solution, beyond revulsion, blissed-out on the terrible wonder of it all’ (New York Times, 26 May 2006).

Subjects: Art.

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