13th – 30th April, 2016
Shapero Modern
London

‘Your future dream is a shopping scheme.’ – Anarchy in the UK, Sex Pistols

Shapero Modern in London presents a new print by the acclaimed British artist Stephen Walter.

Entitled Nova Utopia, the artwork is inspired by Thomas More’s philosophical novel Utopia, and a map of the world he imagined drawn by Abraham Ortelius. More’s book, which was published 500 years ago in 1516, depicts Walter’s map updates this to the 21st century, showing a world of mass tourism, package holidays, retirement homes, luxury resorts, banking districts and cultural hotspots a complex, self-contained world set on an island in which communities share a common culture and way of life.

Nova Utopia is presented inside a ‘Hagioscope Frame’, with a movable magnifying glass lens, so rather than Utopia being a place for everybody, only one person may view a detail of the map at a time, creating a very personal, local experience that becomes a kind of metaphor for how utopias may be seen today.

Says Walter: ‘This map is essentially a collection of a number of utopian and dystopian manifestations, some that I yearn for, and also some of the things that I wish didn’t exist.’

About Stephen Walter:
Born in 1975, Walter graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2001 and currently lives and works in London. Solo shows include Anthropocene – TAG Fine Arts @ LondonNewcastle Space, Shoreditch, London (2013); The Island – The Courtauld Institute, London (with TAG Fine Arts), Touring Show – including, Burgh House & Hampstead Museum, Exposure Gallery, London (2009); The Island – Launch, The Crypt, St. Pancras Church, London (with TAG Fine Arts) (2008); Old Master Re-Vamp – Royal Academy of Arts, Lower Sackler Wing, London (2007); Be Aware of Everything – The Drawing Gallery, London, Chance Meetings – Vertigo Gallery, London (2005). Group shows include The World in a Mirror – Museum aan de Stroom, Antwerp, Belgium, Children’s Poly-Olbion – Royal Geographical Society, London & The Forum, University of Exeter (2015); alpha beta carta, des mots dans les cartes- – Parc culturel de Rentilly, France, RE: DEFINE 2014 – Dallas Contemporary, USA; Enclosure – Danielle Arnaud Gallery, London (2014). His work features in numerous collections including Victoria & Albert Museum, The British Museum, The British Library, Deutsche Bank, London, British Government Art Collection, Houses of Parliament Museums, London, Trussardi Foundation, Milan, Italy, Hiscox PLC, UK, Soho House – Berlin & London, London Transport Museum, David Roberts, London. Walters is represented by TAG Fine Arts, London.

More information: www.shaperomodern.com

Stephen Walter, Nova Utopia, 2013 (detail) © Stephen Walter. Courtesy TAG Fine Arts and Shapero Modern
Stephen Walter, Nova Utopia, 2013 (detail) © Stephen Walter. Courtesy TAG Fine Arts and Shapero Modern
Stephen Walter, Nova Utopia, 2013 (detail) © Stephen Walter. Courtesy TAG Fine Arts and Shapero Modern
Stephen Walter, Nova Utopia, 2013 (detail) © Stephen Walter. Courtesy TAG Fine Arts and Shapero Modern
Stephen Walter, Nova Utopia, 2013 (detail),© Stephen Walter. Courtesy TAG Fine Arts and Shapero Modern
Stephen Walter, Nova Utopia, 2013 (detail),© Stephen Walter. Courtesy TAG Fine Arts and Shapero Modern
Stephen Walter, Nova Utopia, 2013 (detail)© Stephen Walter. Courtesy TAG Fine Arts and Shapero Modern
Stephen Walter, Nova Utopia, 2013 (detail)© Stephen Walter. Courtesy TAG Fine Arts and Shapero Modern
Stephen Walter, Nova Utopia, 2013 (detail) © Stephen Walter. Courtesy TAG Fine Arts and Shapero Modern
Stephen Walter, Nova Utopia, 2013 (detail) © Stephen Walter. Courtesy TAG Fine Arts and Shapero Modern
Stephen Walter, Nova Utopia, 2013, detail through  Hagioscope, Courtesy TAG Fine Arts
Stephen Walter, Nova Utopia, 2013, detail through Hagioscope, Courtesy TAG Fine Arts
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