Hew Locke

Here's the Thing

Text by Richard Drayton, Diana Tuite, Jonathan Watkins.


280mm x 220mm

120 pages

Published by Ikon Gallery


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This catalogue is a comprehensive survey of the work of British artist, Hew Locke (b. 1959, Edinburgh, Scotland). It features images of his installation at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham and numerous other works by the artist. Involving a wide range of media – painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and installation, Locke explores the languages of colonial and post-colonial power, and the symbols through which different cultures assume and assert identity. Fusing historical source material with a keen interest in current affairs, often through the juxtaposition or modification of existing artefacts, Locke focuses attention especially on the UK, the monarchy and his childhood home of the then newly independent Guyana. The book accompanies the exhibition, Hew Locke: Here’s the Thing at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK (8 March – 2 June 2019), Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, USA (2020), and Colby College Museum of Art, USA (20 February – 7 June 2020). Co-published with Colby College Museum of Art and Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.