Andy Holden (b. 1982, Bedford, UK) is an artist whose work includes sculpture, large installations, painting, pop music, performance, animation, curating and multi-screen-videos. His first major exhibition was ‘Art Now: Andy Holden’ (2010) at TATE Britain, in which he exhibited Pyramid Piece, an enormous knitted rock based on a chunk of pyramid that he stole from the Great Pyramid of Giza as a boy.
Solo exhibitions of his work have included ‘Chewy Cosmos Thingly Time’ (2011) at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge and ‘Cookham Erratics’ at the Benaki Museum in Athens (2012). He has also made a large number of performances including Tate, ICA, Whitechapel Gallery and Performa New York. From 2011-2017 Holden worked on Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape, an hour-long animated film which explored the idea that the world was now best understood as a cartoon and examined how physics works in cartoons. The film was first shown at Glasgow International 2016 and Venice Biennale in 2017. Holden’s recent work Natural Selection (2017), commissioned by Artangel, was made in collaboration with his father Peter Holden and used a detailed exploration of birds nests and eggs to explore questions of nature and nurture, and mankind’s changing relation to the natural word.
In 2018 he opened the gallery Ex-Baldessarre as part of his studio in Bedford, whichserves as a platform for curating experimental projects. He is currently curating ‘Beano: The Art of Breaking the Rules’ which run at Somerset House and has previously curated ‘World as Cartoon’ at Tate Britain (2017) and Be Glad for the Song has No End at Wysing Arts Centre (2010). Holden showed a series of new works as part of British Art Show 9 which toured the UK throughout 2021-22 and his show, ‘Full of Days,’ with work by Hermione Burton opened at The Gallery of Everything in March 2023.
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