Now, Today, Tomorrow and Always

22 July 2017 - 8 October 2017

An Arts Council Collection National Partner Exhibition

Now, Today, Tomorrow and Always brings together a range of artworks that explores how popular culture, and its vast compendium of imagery, words and materials has influenced recent contemporary art. With a focus on the provocative, liberating and seductive power of music and film, the exhibition considers how popular culture has continued to be a source of inspiration for artists, while also reflecting on a diverse range of themes from subculture, fandom and marginal communities, to individual, collective and national identities.

Encompassing painting, film, photography, sculpture and installation, it features artworks from the Arts Council Collection and Towner Collection created by twelve leading artists including Phil Collins, Jeremy Deller, Graham Gussin, Anthea Hamilton, Jim Lambie, Mark Leckey, Mario Rossi, Kelly Richardson, Ross Sinclair, John Stezaker and Matt Stokes. The title of the exhibition takes its name from The Smiths song Shoplifters of the World Unite, a track featured as part of the album The World Won’t Listen, and referred to in Phil Collins work dűnya dinlemiyor.


Venue: Towner Art Gallery



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