New exhibition at Oriel Gallery

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Subterraneans, a new touring exhibition, will be stopping off at The Oriel Gallery, Antrim Castle Gardens, from Thursday, August 6 until Tuesday, September 15.

The exhibition explores how aspects of Beat culture have influenced visual art and design and includes work by young unknowns, recent graduates and world renowned artists including Marcel Duchamp, Sam Taylor-Wood, Gavin Turk, Roy Lichtenstein and Yoko Ono.

It will showcase work in a range of media including photography, illustration, printmaking, recordings, books and ephemera.

The Beat Generation was a group of authors whose literature explored and influenced American culture in the post-World War II era.

Popularised in the 1950s, the central elements of Beat culture are the rejection of standard narrative values, the spiritual quest, exploration of American and Eastern religions, rejection of materialism, portrayals of the human condition, experimentation and exploration.

It was visual from the outset and attracted a number of artists, photographers and film makers into their circle, so it is no surprise that the artists featured in Subterraneans have all in some way come under the spell or influence of Beat culture in the 1940s and 1950s.

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