Pursuit of Perfection: The Politics of Sport
27 Jul – 14 Sep 2012
Past exhibition

Still from Paul Pfeiffer Caryatid, 2008. Courtesy: the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery, London

“Aleksandra Mir’s Triumph is among the summer’s most show-stopping installations”
4/5 stars in the Evening Standard

For a wittier, darker, more surprising take on international sporting activities, head to this show”
The Guardian, one of London’s top 5 art exhibitions this summer

This exhibition brings together artworks which, in different ways and to varying degrees of seriousness or wit, play on some of the issues raised by sport, the politics surrounding it and its representation in the media. Aleksandra Mir’s spectacular installation Triumph, 2009, comprises 2,529 trophies; a sound piece by Janice Kerbel presents a specially scripted baseball commentary; and works by Roderick Buchanan, Lucy Gunning, Jonathan Monk, Ariel Orozco and Paul Pfeiffer take football as their subject. In Southwark Old Town Hall, John Gerrard’s Exercise (Djibouti) 2012 uses digital technologies to explore aspects of sport, spectacle, military exercise and power. In stark contrast, Michel Auder’s low-tech video collage of clips from TV coverage of the 1984 LA Olympics focuses on the human body, eroticised and mechanised in its pursuit of perfection.

Artists

Michel Auder / Roderick Buchanan / John Gerrard / Lucy Gunning / Janice Kerbel / Aleksandra Mir/ Jonathan Monk / Ariel Orozco / Paul Pfeiffer

 

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<p>Michel Auder, <em>The Games: Olympic Variations</em>, 1984, DVC Pro, 21π 36Π. Courtesy: the artist</p>

Michel Auder, The Games: Olympic Variations, 1984, DVC Pro, 21π 36Π. Courtesy: the artist

<p>Still from Paul Pfeiffer <em>Caryatid</em>, 2008. Courtesy: the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery, London</p>

Still from Paul Pfeiffer Caryatid, 2008. Courtesy: the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery, London

<p>Lucy Gunning,<em> The Footballers</em> (1994-96), production still. Courtesy: the artist and Matt’s Gallery</p>

Lucy Gunning, The Footballers (1994-96), production still. Courtesy: the artist and Matt’s Gallery

Exhibition view

Installation view of Alice Channer&#8217;s work in the 2012 exhibition Pursuit of Perfection: the Politics of Sport, in the Main Galleries. Photo: Andy Keate
Installation view of the 2012 exhibition Pursuit of Perfection: the Politics of Sport. Taken off site, this picture shows a video work installed in the Southwark Old Town Hall.