The Galleria Borghese presents three new sculptures by Thomas Houseago in cooperation with the Gagosian Gallery of Rome, the other venue of the artist’s solo exhibition.
Thomas Houseago is considered one of the most promising up-and-coming artists. Focusing his artistic investigation on the figure in statuary – a subject extensively represented in the Borghese collection – fits nicely into the Museum’s recent tradition of juxtaposing old masters with living artists. Thomas Houseago evokes the history of figurative sculpture, both old and modern, and examines it in the context of his own time. Using basic materials such as wood, hemp, plaster, and iron, he intertwines art-historical, mythological, and pop-cultural references from African tribal art to science fiction, the imagery of Hanna-Barbera cartoons, Italian Mannerism, and the androids of Star Wars.