Andy Warhol declared that everyone would be famous for 15 minutes,
he probably didn't realized how true that was going to be.
a very short time the media industry has made it incredibly easy
for people to become famous. It is no longer necessary to have a
particular talent, nowadays absolutely any one who is prepared by
whatever means to be entertaining, can become a 'celebrity'. Then
mass media, along with popular culture, will see that celebrities
are consumed as spectacle giving them a package of meanings that
has nothing to do with their intrinsic value.
is particularly true today in Western countries where the boundaries
between stars and fans have dissolved: a celebrity is such, as long
as fan clubs, gossip columns and TV reality shows say so.
all started with the personality cult as advanced by the Soviet
regime. At last the leader was no longer somebody anointed by divine
rights, but somebody who was the icon of ordinary people. The Soviet
leaders and popular heroes were, in a way, the other side of the
coin of the Hollywood star system - both embodied dreams of a better
explore the issues of celebrity cult and modern heroes and to put
them in a multifaceted international context, the exhibition Stardust
Boogie Woogie has brought together 7 artists from different countries
and backgrounds. Their work is around the notion of stardom and
its related lifestyle (Jessica Voorsanger, Jane Mulfinger, Marcela
Iriarte), of socialist personality cults (Christian de Lutz, Tania
Antoshina) and of popular culture (Bob & Roberta Smith, Mo Foster).
Antoshina is one of the most significant Russian artists since
perestroika. Her work was exhibited in the prominent After the Wall'
exhibition at the Moderna Museet,Stockholm and Hamburger Bahnhof,
Berlin, and in the 2007 Moscow Biennale. The work explores the role
of women and artists in society and in art history. Her latest collages
and ceramic wall pieces focus on Yuri Gagarin as the everlasting
Soviet star. Antoshina lives and works in Moscow.
Foster is a writer and journalist. Her provocative plays, 'menopausal
punk' poems and the novel 'A Blues for Shindig' have been critically
acclaimed. The latter follows the life and loves of a louche London
girl in the seedy blues clubs of 1950s Soho.
Iriarte's collages and assemblages display a fascination with
cinema and its stars. Her latest works are based on Egyptian cinema
posters. Iriarte lives and works in Paris.
de Lutz works with photography, video and new media. Many of
his works 're-use' photographs that he took in the 1990s as a journalist,
and deal with the nexus of history, technology and the reception
of images. He is currently based in Berlin.
Mulfinger's installations address the relationship between architecture,
artifacts and memory. Her most recent work investigates memory as
a collective phenomenon and its effect on popular culture. She is
currently working on the significance of the celebrity Ambassador
Hotel in Los Angeles, site of Robert Kennedy's assassination. Mulfinger
lives and works in California.
& Roberta Smith's trademark slogans in brightly coloured
lettering appropriate the language of folk, punk and the alternative
protest movements to personalize political sloganeering. Recent
exhibitions include Altermodern at Tate Britain (2009), and Fourth
Plinth (National Gallery).
Voorsanger explores the concept of 'celebrity' in popular culture
and the condition of 'being a fan'. Her performances and installations
often blur the boundaries between real life and art. Voorsanger
lives and works in London.
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