Gustav Metzger: 1959-2009, Serpentine Gallery, London

Posted on October 26, 2009

‘Till we have built Jerusalem in England’s green and pleasant land’ (1998/2007)

Metzger, who arrived in Britain from Nurenburg at the age of 12 on a Kindertransport (and whose parents subsequently perished in the Holocaust), remains a radical and his relentless, revolutionary political stance places him at a vast remove from the insistent commercialism and banal self-indulgence of the contemporary art world. He once suggested that artists suspend commercial production for three years as a protest against capitalism

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