VISUAL ARTS: ACE! Hayward Gallery
Saturday 19 October 1996
The Arts Council Collection is 50 this year. Founded in 1946 "with the aim of showing innovative work by British artists through touring exhibitions and loans", they are celebrating with ACE!, a touring show of 42 of the 260 artworks they have bought for the nation since 1989.
The collection has been accused of following the whims of influential dealers and curators. While this latest selection seems, initially, like a deliberate rebuff to such criticism, the six years in view do cover the rise of the so-called Britpack, whose work attracts more hype and fluster with each showing.
Michael Craig-Martin, patron saint of the Goldsmith's School of Art, is represented by his big red History Painting. Gary Hume, one of many Goldsmith's graduates, by Moonbeam Rising and Antony Gormley by his little clay army Field for the British Isles.
Wit, according to the blurb accompanying the show, is the common factor. But wit on its own is not enough. Often the joke is on us.
TV review Nick Hewer, the man whose eyebrows speak a thousand words, is set to leave The Apprentice
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
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Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking Lana Del Rey rape video
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food