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Art Sheffield 2013

Joseph Beuys, Wirtschaftswerte, 1980, Collection S.M.A.K, Gent, Belgium. Photo Dirk Pauwels
Friday 4 October 2013 - Saturday 14 December 2013

Sheffield's Festival of Contemporary Art returns for the fifth time with a themed exhibition across multiple galleries, a parallel programme of work from local artists, and a wide variety of events. For the festival exhibition - Zero Hours - we start with a single work, Joseph Beuys' Economic Values, on display at the Graves Gallery.

Economic Values (1980) was created in 1980 by legendary German artist Joseph Beuys (1921-1986). Metal shelves are stacked with packets of foodstuffs and other basic products purchased in the former German Democratic Republic. Over time the packaging has deteriorated, and the food has disintegrated. In contrast to the simple products on the shelves, the walls surrounding them are hung with  nineteenth-century paintings chosen from Sheffield’s Collection, their dates loosely corresponding to the period of Karl Marx’s life (1818-1883). 

The Art Sheffield 2013 festival exhibition - Zero Hours - responds to Beuys’ Economic Values and takes the premise that sometimes, to clearly see your own situation, you have to look elsewhere. Commissioning new works made in Detroit, Georgia, Italy and Germany to go on show alongside existing work by internationally renowned artists, Zero Hours draws together a debate that has resonance both globally and locally. 

Also showing at the Graves Gallery as part of Art Sheffield 2013, Zoe Beloff's The Days of the Commune (2012) explores ideas of democracy and protest inspired by Brecht's 1949 play of the same name. See the artist talking about her work in our latest Shortcuts video:

Zero Hours will unfold across Sheffield in non gallery spaces and galleries, including S1 Artspace, Site Gallery, Sheffield Institute of Arts, Graves Gallery and Bloc Projects.Tomorrow's Parties by Forced Entertainment is included as part of Art Sheffield 2013's artistic programme.

The international dimension of Zero Hours is amplified locally by a parallel programme of activity, revealing the depth of artistic endeavor in the city with the largest concentration of artists living and working in the UK outside the Capital.