October 1, 2010
Arbor vitae Publishers
Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague
Curator Otto M. Urban
Decadence Now!
Visions of Excess
Here, Decadence is envisioned as a response to apocalypse, economic turmoil and the effects of late capitalism. Decadence Now!: Visions of Excess reaches back to the 1970s to examine pre-millennial rumblings of alienation, aestheticism, morbidity, pornography, intoxication and madness in the art of Robert Mapplethorpe, Cindy Sherman, Matthew Barney, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Gilbert and George, Keith Haring, Gottfried Helnwein, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Yasumasa Morimura, Catherine Opie, Zhang Peng, Pierre et Gilles, Andres Serrano, Joel-Peter Witkin, David Wojnarowicz and many others.
Parts of the exhibition:
Excess of the Self: Pain
Matthew Barney, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Gilbert & George, Gottfried Helnwein, Damien Hirst, Jürgen Klauke, Robert Mapplethorpe, Yasumasa Morimura, Catherine Opie, Pierre et Gilles, Cindy Sherman, Andreas Sterzing, Joel-Peter Witkin, David Wojnarowicz
Excess of the Body: Sex
Nobuyoshi Araki, Marc Bijl, Wim Delvoye, Martin Gerboc, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Jeff Koons, Niba, ORLAN, Jan van Oost, Pierre et Gilles, Andres Serrano, Cindy Sherman, Géza Szöllősi, Tsang Kin-Wah, Joel-Peter Witkin
Excess of the Beauty: Pop
Boaz Arad, Ondřej Brody, Jiří Černický, David Černý, Gilbert & George, Martin Gerboc, Gottfried Helnwein, Zsófia Keresztes, Nick Knight, Alexander Kosolapov, David LaChapelle, Zbigniew Libera, Alexander McQueen, Robert Miller, Yasumasa Morimura, NIBA, Shimon Okshteyn, Erwin Olaf, ORLAN, Pierre et Gilles, Jamie Reid, Terry Rodgers, Comenius Roethlisberger, Paolo Schmidlin, Richard Stipl, Géza Szöllősi, Mark Ther, Maciej Toporowicz, Joel-Peter Witkin
Excess of the Mind: Madness
David Bailey & Damien Hirst, Matthew Barney, Josef Bolf, Gottfried Helnwein, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Jürgen Klauke, Joachim Luetke, Ikuko Miyazaki, Yasumasa Morimura, Catherine Opie, Zhang Peng, Joel-Peter Witkin
Excess of the Life: Death
Steven Gregory, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Václav Jirásek, Robert Mapplethorpe, Jan van Oost, Ivan Pinkava, Joel-Peter Witkin
These works are assessed under thematic chapters: "Excess of the Self: Pain"; "Excess of the Body: Sex"; "Excess of Beauty: Pop"; and "Excess of Life: Death." Curator Otto M. Urban maps the Decadent tendency project through visual art, philosophy and literature.
Author: Otto M. Urban
# Hardcover: 300 pages
# Publisher: Artefakt/Arbor Vitae (March 31, 2011)
# Language: English
# ISBN-10: 8087164601
# ISBN-13: 978-8087164600
Concept and Essays: Otto M. Urban
Editorial Assistants: Irena Lehkoživová, Lev Pavluch
Translations: Bára Štefanová, Keith Jones and Haimo Perkmann
Licencors of images cited with each reproduction.
Photography: Martin Polák, Ondřej Polák
Organisational cooperation: Klára Derzsiová, Karolína Truhlářová
Editing assistant: Craig Duncan
Editing: Barbora Štefanová
Graphic design: Robert V. Novák
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