The New Décor

The New Décor was a summer exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, showing “artists who explore interior design as a means of engaging with changes in contemporary culture,” shown in conjunction with Ernesto Neto.

Images and reviews at The Independent, The Guardian (slideshow), Dezeen, and Frieze. The catalog is by Ralph Rugoff, Hal Foster, Michelle Kuo, Kirsty Bell, Christy Lange, and Skye Sherwin (Amazon, DAP, Hayward; $45, cloth). Blurb:

In their sculptures and installations, the self-contained design object metamorphoses into a hub of competing references, evoking individual as well as collective scenarios, historical events as well as intimate encounters. Using décor as a springboard, their works play on cultural histories and behavioral scripts embedded in particular design elements, or suggest new situations in which social exchanges might occur…. In French the word décor refers to stage and film sets as well as interior design, and in a similar spirit the works in this exhibition occupy an arena between theatre and everyday life.

The 30 artists include Martin Boyce, Los Carpinteros, Jimmie Durham, Elmgreen & Dragset, Gelitin, Mona Hatoum, Sarah Lucas, Ernesto Neto, Ugo Rondinone, Doris Salcedo, Rosemary Trockel, Tatiana Trouve, and Franz West.