Ashley Bickerton

Direct, enigmatic and in constant pursuit of profitable alienation...

By Mark Rappolt

Ashley Bickerton, Red Scooter, 2009. © the artist. Courtesy Lehmann Maupin, New York & Hong Kong Ashley Bickerton, Tormented Self-Portrait – Susie at Arles (25 Years), 2014. Photo: Tom Powel. © the artist Ashley Bickerton, Ornamental Hysteria, 2017 (installation views). Photos: Prudence Cuming Associates. © Victor Mara Ltd Ashley Bickerton, Ornamental Hysteria, 2017 (installation views). Photos: Prudence Cuming Associates. © Victor Mara Ltd Ashley Bickerton, Ornamental Hysteria, 2017 (installation view). Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates. © Victor Mara Ltd

Boom! That’s how Ornamental Hysteria, Ashley Bickerton’s current exhibition at Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery, opens – with a box sporting an ominous red LED number-counter bolted to the wall. It’s the kind of thing you can imagine the late Roger Moore briefly interrupting a moment of passion to rush and defuse during his 1970s/early-80s James Bond heyday. Look closer at Composition After William Blake (1989) and you find that the LED records the current estimated value of the work…

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