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The Whorseley Show at The Outsiders Gallery

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The man who nailed himself to a cross

During his lifetime, Sebastian Horsley definitely made his mark; the eccentrically dressed artist never did anything by halves, and it was this excessive lifestyle that eventually lead to his death in 2010. He was a self-prescribed dandy, a libertine, masochist, and heroin addict, yet he is still looked up to in the art world for his creative, unique, and radical style.

In a tributary exhibition, The Outsiders Gallery presents The Whorsley Show, a retrospective showcase of the man's famous solo exhibits, including The Flowers of Evil and Crucifixion. There will also be a series of self-portraits that show off his flair for fashion.

The exhibit will open on the 8th of August for a private viewing, starting from 6pm; it will then open for free public view on the 9th August, up until the 14th September.

In its first showing, The Times described The Flowers of Evil 'an attempt to reinvest art with beauty, urgency and power.' The exhibit raised a lot of eyebrows, but was by no means as controversial as Crucifixion. For this project, Horsley visited a Filipino and took part in an Easter ritual, in which he was literally nailed to a cross. You can never say, he didn't suffer for his art.
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Why? Fun for art lovers
When: 8th Aug - 14th Sept
Phone: 44 (0) 203 214 0055 / 0066
Where: The Outsiders Gallery
Cost: Free
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