The display contrasts works from Tate’s collection, including George Cruikshank’s Worship of Bacchus 1860-2 – a critical painting illustrating the effects of drink on society in one huge cancas. Gilbert & George’s Balls: The Evening Before the Morning After - Drinking Sculpture 1972, also features – a wall-mounted montage of photographs (progressively blurred) of drinkers in a London bar.
Cutting across time, generations, class and gender, reflecting changing tastes and attitudes, alcohol and its consequences are shown to exert a catalytic effect. Never have the nation’s drinking habits been so captivating.
Curated by David Blayney Brown.