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Kenny Hunter: What Is History

Kenny Hunter: What Is History?

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In this piece Osama bin Laden and Monica Lewinsky act as symbols, testimonies to the reality that an individual can become a player not only by reason and will but through also sex and terror.

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Arguing against the notion that history is made by the will and reason of great individuals, Kenny Hunter takes a familiar genre – the historical bust – and turns it inside out. The mass-produced historical bust was a carrier of ideas, certainties and allegiances. It is also the clearest artistic expression of what Karl Popper described as historicism: that history must have a plot, a destination or at any rate a meaning.

In this piece Osama bin Laden and Monica Lewinsky act as symbols, testimonies to the reality that an individual can become a player not only by reason and will but through also sex and terror.

First used as Roman propaganda, the historical bust presented the faces of leaders as embodying the values of the state, rather than as a likeness of the subject itself. This genre has lasted right up to the end of the twentieth century, but has now become more of a curio. What Is History? is my response to the collapse of the grand narratives and absolute belief systems represented by the traditional historical bust. I chose to re-animate the genre to confirm current consumption and conceptions of historical fact and truth.

Additional Information

Weight 11.1 kg
Dimensions 13.5 x 13.7 x 25.5 cm
Edition Size

100

Materials

Painted Resin

Date

1998

Acclaimed Scots Sculptor Kenny Hunter had two solo exhibitions in 2014 as part of GENERATION, Scotland (Glasgow and Berwick, 2014); also at Connersmith, Washington (2012); Gallerie Scheffel, Germany (2012); and New Arts Centre, Salisbury (2009).

In February 2010 he won the first Spitalfields Sculpture Prize. His resulting work ‘I Goat’ is sited in Bishops Square, Spitalfields.

Recent public artworks include: ‘Elephant for Glasgow’ (2015), ‘Portrait of Andrew Grant’ (Edinburgh College of Art, 2015); Black Swan (Eschborn, Germany, 2014), ‘The Unknown’ (Sutherland 2012).

Hunter’s work has been acquired by the Scottish Arts Council Collection, the British School at Athens, The Scottish National Portrait Gallery, the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow and the Scottish Parliament.

This information was last updated in 2016. For the most up to date information see www.kenny-hunter.com