Contemporary Art and the Cult of Celebrity

Starstruck is an exhibition which brings together artists whose work engages with the cult of celebrity in a wide variety of ways and through a range of media.

We live in a culture obsessed by celebrities. Celebrities with addictions and the seemingly frequent necessity for ‘re-hab’ are all capable of selling newspapers and magazines as much as, if not more, than pressing current affairs.

The rise of ‘reality TV’ appears to have whetted our appetite yet further. Of course, the representation of ‘famous’ people is nothing new in the world of art. Yet with the explosion in global communication through TV, the media and the internet, the notion of fame itself has become a compelling phenomenon in the modern world.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition Starstruck: Contemporary Art and the Cult of Celebrity at The New Art Gallery Walsall, 23 April – 15 June 2008.

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