Jeremy Deller gives away 10,000 works of art for free
Fans can apply online for animation stills based on a piece from the 2013 Venice Biennale
By Anny Shaw. Web only
Published online: 10 July 2014
The British artist Jeremy Deller is defying the usual rules of the art market by offering 10,000 limited edition stills from a new animation for free. We Sit Starving Amidst Our Gold, 2014, is based on Deller's work from the 2013 Venice Biennale and the stills are available online via The Space website.
The animation refers to the Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, who at the 2011 biennial moored his mega-yacht, Luna, by the Giardini, obscuring the city's views. Two years later, while representing Britain at the biennial, Deller exhibited a mural depicting a gargantuan William Morris tipping Abramovich's yacht into the depths of a Venetian lagoon.
Deller was commissioned to create the new work by Own Art, an organisation that works with 250 Galleries in the UK to help members of the public buy art with interest free loans, spreading the cost over ten months. The animation is due to be premiered at both London Westfield shopping centres on 19 July.
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