East London Printmakers bring multidisciplinary show to London's Freud Museum

By Mark Sheerin | 16 March 2011
Photo of a hanging sculptural installation with portrait prints on boxes
Janet Patterson, Freud's Dream Circle (installation view)© the artist
Exhibition: Dreams: An exhibition of prints, artist books, objects and installations - East London Printmakers, Freud Museum, London, until April 10 2011

Given that the work in this show is, as they put it, woven into the rest of the displays in Freud’s Hampstead home, it could get lost. The founder of psychoanalysis was an avid collector of art and his museum contains almost 2,000 antiquities.

But 62 artists have taken on the challenge of fitting in or standing out here. So alongside statuary from the ancient world and rugs from the orient, you can now find contemporary prints, installation, sculpture, film, artist’s books and textiles.

Most of the contributors come from East London Printmakers, an artist group based in Hackney who clearly do more than the name suggests. They boast international names such as Marcelle Hanselaar, Fabio Coruzzi and Chris Pig and award winners such as Wuon Gean Ho, Katie Jones and Sumi Perera.

On this occasion the ELP are joined by 2010 Turner Prize nominee Dexter Dalwood and YBA Gavin Turk. Turk’s previous encounter with a blue plaque was one he made for himself while still at art school. It will be interesting to see how he responds to an entire museum dedicated to another great man.

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