If you see nothing, say something.
Last week, the brand-new East London eat spot Tramshed flung open its doors to present its crowning conversation piece: Cock and Bull, Damien Hirst’s latest addition to his famed Natural History series.
British conceptual artist Jeremy Deller’s first large-scale piece, Open Bedroom, was truly an at-home job. One day in 1993 he found himself home alone. His parents had gone on holiday. With the house his own for a blissful, but short, time, Deller turned his room—mess, posters, and all—into an exhibition.
Born in 1966 on the eve of the cultural revolution, Song Dong’s childhood was permeated with mu jin qi yong, the Chinese adage meaning “waste not” that was a necessity for survival in times of social and political turmoil. In a heartfelt homage to his mother, the artist created Waste Not, an intricately detailed display of objects his mother amassed over five decades, including toothpaste tubes, bottle caps, plastic bowls, metal pots, blankets, toys, and even part of the family home.