National horseracing museum collection

Modern and Contemporary

Modern and Contemporary

This final room explores the diverse ways in which artists have interacted with sporting subjects in recent years.

Some artists actively play with the established traditions of sporting art. Others engage with contemporary sporting culture and the rise of the modern sporting hero as celebrity. Artists also draw upon personal experiences and sporting enthusiasms, capturing the atmosphere and excitement of sport as spectacle.

These wide-ranging interactions with sporting subjects are created using a variety of materials and techniques including photography. The inclusion of memorabilia engages with the mass-production and collection of sporting ephemera – an essential way in which sporting imagery continues to feature in all aspects of our visual culture.

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