Outrageous Fortune: Artists remake the Tarot
Last week I was invited to the launch of the exhibition Outrageous Fortune: Artists Remake the Tarot. It is a Hayward Gallery touring exhibition from the Southbank Centre, London.
The work of seventy-eight artists is displayed, each one interpreting their version of a particular card from the classic Tarot de Marseilles deck. Originating in Italy in the 15th century, Tarot cards were used in most of Europe to play games. However, since the 18th century they are generally associated with divination.
The artists were allotted a card to depict in their own style and asked to create a new version for a contemporary tarot pack. Their work encompasses a variety of formal, conceptual, expressionist, literary or design-based approaches.
I particularly liked the strength of the image by Dawn Mellor, who interpreted the card The Hanged Man. It is called ‘Alex from A Clockwork Orange’ and has the face of Malcolm McDowell’s character Alex in full horror make-up. A row of dashes on the picture denotes the game of hangman is in the process of being played.
Also I thought the piece by Cedar Lewisohn depicting the card The Tower was poignant. It is called ‘La Maison Diev’ (The House of God). Created with ink and photocopying, it portrays the moment the twin towers of New York came under attack.
Featured Artists are:
This collection, curated by Andrew Hunt, is well worth viewing and will be showing at the Art and Design Gallery in Hatfield until 21st April 2012.
For further information please contact:
UH Galleries, Art and Design Gallery, Hatfield
by CLARE KENDAL BATE