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Richard Grayson - The Objectivist Studio

September 30th - November 6th 2011

Alma Enterprises is proud to present a solo show by artistRichard Grayson consisting of a newly commissioned site specific installation which occupies both of Alma Enterprises gallery spaces.

The show marks the launch of Alma’s new expanded gallery space and continues our interest in commissioning works that interrogate ideologies for systems of living. The Objectivist Studio is a work that uses texts from the writings of Ayn Rand (1905-1982) as its starting point. Rand was the author of the novels ‘Atlas Shrugged’ and ‘The Fountainhead’ and the founder of ‘Objectivism’ - a philosophy that holds that ‘the purpose of one's life is the pursuit of one's own happiness or rational self-interest.’ She expressed these ideas in her fiction and in publications such as ‘The Objectivist Newsletter’,  ‘The Objectivist’, and ‘The Ayn Rand Letter’, and her books ‘Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology’ and ‘The Virtue of Selfishness’.

For Alma Enterprises Grayson has made ‘The Objectiviest Studio', hypothesisitng a style (or maybe an occluded movement ) in the productions of contemporary art that directly articulates Rand’s philosophy. The Objectivist Studio addresses relationships between contemporary art’s historical identification with ideas of ‘transformation and change and the wider social, economic and market infrastuctures and audiences in which it now operates. In 1991, a joint survey by the Library of Congress and Book of the Month Club called Atlas Shrugged the “second most influential book for Americans today,” after the Bible.

Biography

Richard Grayson is an artist and curator Recent solo exhibitions include the Southampton City Art Gallery 2011, The Kunst Museum Thurgau Switzerland 2010-11, a five year retrospective at The De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill 2010 The Golden Space City of God Matts Gallery London 2009.

Recent Group exhibitions include the 2010 Sydney Biennale andCoral Visual, The Siemens Foundation Buenos Aires 2009.

He was curator of the 2002 Sydney Biennale (The World May be) Fantastic, the Hayward Touring exhibition A Secret Service - art compulsion concealment 2006. and Polytechnic, Raven Row London 2010.

He is represented by Matts Gallery London and Yuill/Crowley Sydney

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