Drawing Biennial 2017

Exhibition & online fundraising auction of over 200 unique works on paper

Exhibition: 2 March – 26 April · Auction: 12 April 10am – 26 April 9pm


John Smith

Funny Old World

Top Pick

David Musgrave, Vanessa Jackson, Matt Calderwood, Sacha Craddock

Year 2016
Medium Collage of Christmas cracker jokes and pencil drawing
Dimensions 21 x 29.3 cm
Bidding Open Wed 12 April, 2017 at 10:00am
Bidding Ended Tue 26 March, 2019 at 9:30pm

John Smith:

John Smith (b. 1952, Walthamstow) lives and works in London. Graduated from the Royal College of Art (1977); and North-East London Polytechnic (1974). Awards include the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists (2011) and Film London’s Jarman Award (2013). Select solo exhibitions include Films in Sheep's Clothing, Alma Zevi, Venice Biennale, Venice (2017); Kunstmuseum Magdeburg, Magdeburg (2017); John Smith, Kate MacGarry, London (2016); Hotel Diaries, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton (2016); The Kiss, Centre d’Art Contemporain de Noisy-le-Sec, Paris (2014); and Horizon (Five Pounds a Belgian), Turner Contemporary, Margate (2012). Select group exhibitions include Age of Terror: Art Since 9/11, Imperial War Museum, London (2017-18); Between Film and Photography, FOMU Museum, Antwerp (2017); After the Fact: Propaganda in the 21st Century, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich (2017); Found, Foundling Museum, London (2016); Invocable Reality, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona (2014); Constellations, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool (2013); Has The Film Already Started?, Tate Britain, London (2011); A Century of Artists’ Film in Britain, Tate Britain, London (2004); Live in Your Head: Concept and Experiment in Britain 1965-75, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2000); and The British Art Show, UK touring exhibition (1984). His work is held public and private collections including Tate, London; Arts Council England, London; MoMA, New York; Kunstmuseum Magdeburg, Magdeburg; FRAC Ile de France, Paris; Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton; Ferens Art Gallery, Hull; and Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, Miami.