The Chapman brothers have decided to leave White Cube after almost two decades of representation. The duo has created one of the most distinctive oeuvres in contemporary art. Their tableaux of twentieth-century ruin take on everything from the fast-food industry to our culture’s preoccupation with war and violence. Deft in a range of media, which includes printmaking, painting, and sculpture, the Chapmans often contaminate or remake an existing artwork to challenge our most valued beliefs. With their sharp wit and playful intelligence, Jake & Dinos Chapman never shy away from deflating the pieties of our age.
“With their sharp wit and playful intelligence, Jake and Dinos Chapman never shy away from deflating the pieties of our age”
A spokeswoman for White Cube confirmed that the gallery is no longer working with the Chapman brothers and says that this was “by mutual agreement”. “We are both proud of the work we have done collectively and wish each other the best for the future,” she added. The artists’ existing relationship with Craig Burnett, who worked at White Cube for five years and joined Blain|Southern as director of exhibitions in 2016, was not a factor, the gallery added. Last February Marc Quinn The YBA artist best known for his ‘Blood Head’ sculpture, ‘Self’ also parted company with White Cube. Quinn was represented by the gallery from the beginning when it was a small space in Mayfair, in the early 1990s.
Blain|Southern said, “With their sharp wit and playful intelligence, Jake and Dinos Chapman never shy away from deflating the pieties of our age. This is yet another exciting development in the gallery’s programme.” The artists’ first exhibition with the gallery is expected to be in its London space within the next year. Blain|Southern’s founders, Harry Blain and Graham Southern have represented fellow YBA Mat Collishaw since 2007.
This is yet another exciting development in the gallery’s programme and we look forward to announcing the dates of our first exhibition with Jake & Dinos Chapman in the next few months.
Dinos Chapman (b.1962, London, UK) received his BA at Ravensbourne College of Art in 1981 and his MA at the Royal College of Art in 1990. Jake Chapman (b.1966, Cheltenham, UK) received his BA at North East London Polytechnic in 1988 and his MA at the Royal College of Art in 1990.
Selected solo exhibitions include: In the Realm of the Senseless, ARTER, Istanbul (2017); The Nature of Particles, Magasin III, Stockholm (2016); Ruminations on Cosmic Insignificance, Brandts Museum, Odense (2015); In the Realm of the Unmentionable, Jerwood Gallery, Hastings (2014); Come and See, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London (2013); Chicken, Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev (2013); The Sleep of Reason, Songeun Artspace Museum, Seoul (2013); The End of Fun, The Hermitage, St. Petersburg (2012); Jake and Dinos Chapman, Museo Pino Pascali, Polignano a Mare (2010).
Top Photo: P C Robinson © Artlyst 2017 Image inset: Photo by Rachel King