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For two decades, London-based conceptual artist Jeremy Deller’s work has influenced the conventional map of contemporary art. He began making artwork in the early 1990s, often exhibiting outside traditional galleries. Significant works include Open Bedroom, a secret exhibition in Deller’s family home while his parents were on holiday; Acid Brass, a collection of acid house anthems transposed and played by the Williams Fairey Brass Band; The Battle of Orgreave, a reenactment by 1,000 veteran miners and members of historical societies of the 1984 clash between miners and police at Orgreave, Yorkshire, England; It Is What It Is: Conversations About Iraq, a road trip from New York to Los Angeles with an Iraqi citizen and a US war veteran, towing a car destroyed in a bomb attack in Baghdad; Sacrilege, a life-size inflatable version of Stonehenge, co-commissioned by the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art and the mayor of London; We’re here because we’re here, a modern memorial commemorating the Battle of the Somme, created with National Theatre’s Rufus Norris and commissioned by 14–18 NOW, the UK’s arts program for the First World War centenary.
Deller has exhibited at Skulptur Projekte Münster, Germany; Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid; Museo Universitario Arte Conemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico; Fundación Proa, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Azkuna Zentroa, Bilbao, Spain; British Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale; William Morris Gallery, London; Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol, England; Turner Contemporary, Margate, England; Hayward Gallery, London; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; New Museum, New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Contemporary Art Museum St Louis; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Kunstverein, Munich; and Barbican Art Gallery, London; Wattis Institute, San Francisco; and Centre for Visual Arts, Cardiff, England. Deller won the Turner Prize in 2004 for his work Memory Bucket. Recent curatorial projects include Iggy Pop Life Class, Brooklyn Museum; Love is Enough: William Morris and Andy Warhol, Modern Art Oxford; All That is Solid Melts Into Air, Manchester Art Gallery; and The Bruce Lacey Experience, Camden Arts Centre.