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Richard Flood

Richard Flood was Chief Curator at Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, when Brilliant!: New Art From London, was shown there, Walker Arts Center, 22 October 1995  - 7 January 1996. (The exhibition went on to Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, 17 February - 14 April 1996.) Within the exhibition’s catalogue, Flood wrote the acknowledgments, as well as a major text.

The exhibition was one of a number that featured practitioners identified with the so-called yBa grouping. The term yBa refers to certain types of practitioners who collectively, and in some instances, rather loosely, came to be known as Young British Artists, or yBas for short. The term originated in the early 1990s, centred on the work of Damien Hirst and a number of other artists. In an essay The Tate, The Turner Prize and the Art World, Louisa Buck offered a useful summary of the term’s origins. “[Charles] Saatchi had attended [Damien] Hirst’s famous Freeze exhibition in 1988, and soon began to bulk-buy this new batch of home-grown talent. He also set about applying his marketing skills to the promotion of these artists and their work, initially in a series of widely publicised exhibitions at Boundary Road [the original home of the Saatchi Gallery, in St John’s Wood, London] during 1992-5 under the collective title of Young British Artists. The acronym stuck, and soon any artist of that generation, whether or not they had been to Goldsmiths [College], was branded YBA.” Louisa Buck, The Tate, the Turner Prize and the Art World, in The Turner Prize and British Art, Tate, 2007, pp. 12 – 25 (p.19). Chris Ofili was the only Black artist included in Brilliant!: New Art From London. This was at a time when Ofili’s distinctive use of elephant dung within his work was very much in its ascendancy and his Turner Prize nomination was still several years off.

Brilliant!: New Art From London reflected the hegemony of Goldsmiths College in the yBa grouping. Out of the twenty two artists in the exhibition, fifteen were graduates of Goldsmiths College.

Flood also curated No Place (Like Home) an exhibition also held at the Walker Art CenterMinneapolis, Minnesota, March 9 - June 8 1997. Curatorial Assistant, Deepali Dewan, and Curatorial Intern, Eungie Joo. The artists in the exhibition were Zarina BhimjiNick Deocampo, Willie Doherty, Kay Hassan, Kcho, Gary Simmons, Meyer Vaisman, and Kara Walker.

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Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 1995

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»  Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston

Houston, Texas, United States of America

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Minneapolis, United States of America

No Place (Like Home)

Group show at Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota. 1997
Date: 9 March, 1997 until 8 June, 1997
Curator: Richard Flood
Organiser: Walker Art Center

No Place (Like Home) was an exhibition held at the Walker Art CenterMinneapolis, Minnesota, March 9 - June 8 1997. The exhibition was curated by Richard Flood, Curatorial Assistant, Deepali Dewan, and Curatorial Intern, Eungie Joo. The artists in the exhibition were Zarina BhimjiNick Deocampo, Willie Doherty, Kay Hassan, Kcho, Gary Simmons, Meyer Vaisman, and Kara Walker.

From the catalogue Foreword, by Kathy Halbreich, Director, Walker Art Center:

“While we inhabit an increasingly interconnected world, it is one in which social, economic, and political boundaries are recalculated daily by both ancient and new definitions of home, history, and hierarchy. The specificity of individual cultures, too, is apt to blur as people and ideas move with increasing fluency. The artist’s practice and mind have always been nomadic, selecting approaches and adopting sources without concerns for chronology or territory. And, yet, works of art are also made out of conditions in which an artist lives as well as his or her autobiography. This exhibition is an international one, involving eight artists who despite the geographic distance between them speak a common artistic language – a syntax composed of a space shared by the viewer and the thing made. Despite this common language of aesthetic methods, these artists create stories that are inextricably tied to the specific dramas of the places in which they have grown up and live, and the cultures they inhabit. As we move forward into a new century, there are lessons to be learned by these artists’ ability to create meaning out of both global and local structures.”

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Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 1997

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»  Zarina Bhimji

Born, 1963 in Mbarara, Uganda

»  Nick Deocampo

Born, 1959 in Philippines

»  Willie Doherty

Born, 1959 in Derry, Northern Ireland

»  Kay Hassan

Born, 1956 in Alexandria, Johannesburg, South Africa

»  Kcho (Alexis Leyva / Alexis Leyva Machado)

Born, 1970 in Nueva Gerona, Cuba

Exhibition venues

»  Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minneapolis, United States of America