Made In The UK At RISD Museum

damien hirst From the man who brought you sharks in formaldehyde — Utopia (2008). Damien Hirst may still be laying waste to the natural world but this large round butterfly collage is truly stunning. Hirst is one of 83 artists representing the British art scene at the RISD Art Museum. More pix after the jump.

The exhibition celebrates works donated and funded by Providence native Richard Brown Baker (1912–2002), a noted collector of contemporary American and European art and member of the Museum’s Fine Arts Committee. It includes such key figures as Tacita Dean, David Hockney, Howard Hodgkin, Anish Kapoor, Jim Lambie, Julian Opie, Bridget Riley, and Yinka Shonibare — artists represented at the Tate and in other important British collections, but rarely seen in depth in American museums.

‘Made in the UK: Contemporary Art from the Richard Brown Baker Collection’ runs through January 8. Click here for hours and admission. Take note of ‘Free Saturdays’ — the museum charges no admission on the last Saturday of each month. That’s tomorrow (November 26).

RISD Museum of Art, two entrances at 244 Benefit Street and 20 North Main Street (directions)

julian opie

These panels are computer animated with a gentle rain soundtrack. Mesmerizing. Pull up a chair.

paper cutout

Detail of a paper cutout installation that messes with your eyes.

Shonibare costume

Gorgeous Dutch wax-printed cotton costumes by Yinka Shonibare used in a movie he made.

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