Horse is an exhibition by artists George Stubbs, Henry Moore, Mark Wallinger, Tim Macmillan, John Stezaker, Kenneth O Halloran, Brian Hand, Christopher Barr, Bronagh Corr, Selma Makela, Gary Shaw, Maria McKinney, Michael Conlon, Debi O Hehir, Alison Lowry, Lauren McKenna, Darran McGlynn, Stephen McCollum, Annabel Konig, Daisy Delaney, John Murray, John Kelly, John McDaid, Helen Sharp, David Haughey, Stephen Sexton, Mieke Vanmechelen and Fergus Byrne. It is curated by Mark Wallinger and Maoliosa Boyle.
This ambitious exhibition explores the representation and role of horses in contemporary society and through countless generations; it considers their profound relationship to man.
Featuring twenty eight artists, Horse combines work from historical collections, an open submission call, and invited artists. This exhibition features a wide range of themes such as the suffragette movement, the traveller tradition, and horse identification through a myriad of mediums including film, photography, sculpture and painting.
Horse includes a wide range of artists including 18th Century English artist George Stubbs who is celebrated as the greatest horse painter of all time and represented here by an etching of Marske, the great grandson of the Darley Arabian, the direct progenitor of 95% of all the world’s thoroughbreds. Henry Moore is best known for his semi-abstract monumental bronze sculptures but featured here with an exploratory watercolour study.
There are photographs documenting contemporary horse trading and horse fairs in Ireland and video works that touch on the glamour of racing and the finality of the ‘knacker’s yard’.
The exhibition is a study of these noble, revered, stoic characters and their relationship with man through war, agriculture, and sport. Not least the horse was man’s primary mode of transport before the internal combustion engine. No animal has been so well used and so well loved. From legendary horses to humble workhorses their presence and physiognomy are examined and celebrated in a variety of original ways; the surreal and the playful are given free reign. Above all the exhibition is an acknowledgement that the horse is by far one of the largest contributors to the enhancement of civilisation.
This is a highly accessible exhibition for all ages that celebrates the horse and its bond to humankind.
Void Gallery would like to thank The British Council and Hauser and Wirth for the loan of works from their collections.