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Sat, 13 Aug



The peakock. A nocked down dream. by Filippos Tsitsopoulos

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The peakock. A nocked down dream. by Filippos Tsitsopoulos
The peakock. A nocked down dream. by Filippos Tsitsopoulos


13 Aug 2022, 15:00 – 16:00

Doncaster, 60 Hall Gate, Doncaster DN1 3PB, UK


The peakock. A nocked down dream.

Revenge has many forms and the one chosen by the painter James Abbott McNeill Whistler against his patron, the shipping magnate from Liverpool Frederick Leyland, was quite visual. The artist painted an evil anthropomorphic figure - half peacock, half man- playing the piano sitting on a house and surrounding by amounts of money. The painting was called The Gold Scab: Eruption in Filthy Lucre (The Creditor), in a clear reference to his ex-sponsor and client, M. Leyland and his Jewish origins, who decided not to pay the commissioned Peacock Room to Wistler, after several  disagreements on the costs and the way that the piece was designed. As a consequence of the non-payment, the artist lost his house because he couldn’t pay his debts.

Even though, the reference of this performance drawn from an old show about Wistler’s  peakock Room at the Bluecoat in Liverpool, -that was including a reconstruction of the Peacock Room and a copy of the painting The Gold Scab: Eruption in Filthy Lucre (The Creditor)-, is mostly articulated around the “charismatic public persona who challenged the art community” with his art, words, writings and innovative ideas on the exhibition space, Wistler is most of all, an artist devoted to the art for the art’s sake. An artist against the system, surviving into the system, standing by his art. When Wistler decided to make the Peacock Room in his own way, against his client’s desires, he was choosing sides. The natural debate between being a part of the system (curators, galleries, actionists, biennales, critics, academics, institutions, collectionists,  sponsors, clients, grants…) and being an artist true to his principles and his art, arises at this point. The complex mechanism of the art world shows the artist’s vulnerability. The monster devouring the artist, giving voice to his words, explaining his feelings, giving price to his objects or ideas. The reflection of the artist’s nothingness, the artist forced to be whatever the monster says he has to be. Taking sides is a part of the adult live. There is always a moment when a person must stand his ground, and defend his self. With his only arm, his art, against a system that many times forgets that there is not art without the artist. With this performance, Tsitsopoulos, will attempt a surreal visual reconstruction of this painting literally in a pile of stones of  a nocked down building where the remaining of the building has been left in a square in Doncaster. He will use texts to elaborate the drama and will relate it with the Greek tragedy and the nocking down of Troya


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