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Joana Vasconcelos/ Polly Morgan, Haunch of Venison | reviews, news & interviews

Joana Vasconcelos/ Polly Morgan, Haunch of Venison

Joana Vasconcelos/ Polly Morgan, Haunch of Venison

Two artists whose work manages to be both seductive and slightly creepy

Joana Vasconcelos: 'Garden of Eden': 'As the flowers quiver, you can hear their motors faintly clicking, like a field of crickets'

The former Museum of Mankind, just behind the Royal Academy, has been the temporary home of the Haunch of Venison gallery for some two years. They’re moving back to their original home next spring, and though the newly extended building (Lord Nelson’s former residence at Haunch of Venison Yard, near Old Bond Street) is big and rather grand, the former museum is even bigger and grander. With neither longevity nor reputation to rely on, it’s a tough space for any young artist to fill. Still, if you think Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos might be better served in a tighter space, her first UK exhibition certainly proves her an artist worth looking out for.

Morgan's work is both exquisite and creepy, seductive and slightly repellent.

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