Alexander Massouras- New Work. September 20-25

Alexander Massouras- New Work. September 20-25

Private View- Tuesday 20 September 6-8:30

Exhibition- 21-24 September 12-6

Closing Brunch Sunday 25 September 11-1

Clerkenwell Gallery, 20 Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DP

I am delighted to exhibit new work by Alexander Massouras in a variety of media-

“The exhibition will include the latest installment in a series of 120 etchings which the artist has been working on for the last ten years, comprising a number of cycles which explore ideas of narrative, progress and beginnings. These themes recur throughout the exhibition. Hermes is a body of altered plaster casts of the Greek messenger god Hermes, giving formal expression to the interventions and distortions which accompany messages, particularly over time.  Swingeing Cuts similarly updates a canonic form, this time Richard Hamilton Swingeing London series of painted screenprints on canvas, created fifty years ago.”


Alexander Massouras is Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Ruskin and combines art history with art practice.

His work is in collections including the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Rhode Island School of Design Museum. He read Law and then Art History at Cambridge, and wrote his PhD thesis about the concept of the ‘emerging artist’. He undertook this research as a member of the Art School Educated project at Tate. He was awarded a Paul Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2014, and his research continues to focus on institutional history. His current project, Casts and Iconoclasts: The Twentieth-century Plaster Cast and the Reproduction of Culture, considers the transformation of the plaster cast from a medium of canonic transmission into an autonomous art object. It uses the history of the plaster cast to throw new light on institutional and wider cultural shifts: attitudes to originality, relationships between art and art history, hierarchies of creativity, and reformulations of the idea of education.


Selected Exhibitions

2016 Royal Academy of Arts, London, Summer Exhibition;  Collyer Bristow, London, Face Value (curated by Kathleen Soriano)

2015 Syson Gallery, Nottingham, Under the Sun (solo); David Krut Projects, New York, Machines of Loving Grace (solo); Rabley Contemporary, London and Marlborough, Drawing 10

2014 Art 14, London, Now and Then (solo, with Julian Page Fine Art); Royal Academy of Arts, London, Summer Exhibition; Mall Galleries, London, ING Discerning Eye (invited by Simon Martin)

2013 Pace, New York, Lucy de Kooning Presents (with Aakash Nihalani and Carlos Soto); Mall Galleries, London, ING Discerning Eye; London Print Studio, Summer Exhibition; 87A Lower Marsh, London (curated by Samia Calbayrac); Julian Page Fine Art, London, New for Old (solo), House of St Barnabas, London, The Collective (curated by Katie Heller); Transition Gallery, London, Atomic

2012 Artissima 19, ‘Present Future’ curated section, Turin (with Skylight Projects) (solo)

2011 Pulse, Los Angeles (with Skylight Projects) (solo); Royal Academy of Arts, London, Summer Exhibition; Skylight Projects, New York, Eighteen Pages (solo); Morley College, London, Rootstein Hopkins Drawing Prize; Lloyds Club, London, Iconoclasts

2010 Jerwood Space, London (and tour), Jerwood Drawing Prize; 7Eleven Gallery,  New York, Make Yourself at Home; Royal Academy of Arts, London, Summer Exhibition; Muse at 269,  London, Divers (solo); Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, Gilchrist Fisher Award

2009  Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, Northern Print Biennale; Royal Academy of Arts, London, Summer Exhibition; 7Eleven Gallery,  New York, Better History.


British Museum
Rhode Island School of Design

London School of Economics

King’s College London

Victoria and Albert Museum

Prizes & Awards

2013 ING Discerning Eye (London and V&A Purchase prizes winner)

2011 Pulse Prize  (winner)

2011 Rootstein Hopkins Drawing Prize (shortlisted)

2010 Jerwood Drawing Prize (shortlisted)

2010 Gilchrist Fisher Award (shortlisted)

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