In a striking change from previous years, beck’s newcontemporaries 97 has not been chosen with the intention of presenting the future stars of the art market. The selectors of this year’s exhibition, cultural theorist Sarat Maharaj, international curator Hans Ulrich Obrist and artist Gillian Wearing, decided to focus on the notion of the art school as a site for production, process, and risk-taking. The work included in this year’s show, from eighteen students and recent graduates reflects this notion of newcontemporaries as both an institutionally based exhibition and a platform for testing ideas and processes outside the academy setting.
The exhibiting artists are: Javier Flores Blanquet, Jemima Brown, Sarah dobai, Keith Farquhar, Iain Forsyth an dJane Pollard, Ana Genoves, Chris Gibbons, Pedro Gomes, Dryden Goodwin, Brian Cyril Griffiths, Len Horsey, Katherine McKee, Seamus Nicolson, O, Steve Ouditt, Frankie Sinclaire and Stephen Stephen.
beck’s newcontemporaries 97 will be travelling to CCa, Glasgow 12 December 1997 – 31 January 1998. Sponsored by Beck’s Bier with additional support from Nigel Moores Family Charitable Foundation and funding from the Arts Council of England.