The Little Artists

Warhol's money

10 x 10 x 10 cm
Purchase SPACE Liege
Acquisition: 2008
Location: Liege-Musée des Beaux-Arts

The Little Artists is a duo formed by John Cake and Darren Neave, who treat the little world of contemporary art with a very British irreverence. They play Pictionary with the most famous names in English art, exhibit Gavin Turk’s trash cans and make toilet roll dolls inspired by Grayson Perry’s dresses. But they are especially famous for their Lego recreations of modern and contemporary works of art. By plagiarising the work and strategies of other artists in order to distil their own, The Little Artists question the role of the artist in a society overwhelmed by images and advertising. The piece that SPACE has acquired is one of their most accomplished in which they tackle the portrait of Andy Warhol, an artist they claim as one of their influences, because they believe that without him, their work would never have been considered to be artistic. In addition to the customisation of a Lego figurine, they capture the essence of Warhol’s artistic world by repeating the same pattern: a 100 dollar bill. (Genaro Marcos)

John Cake et Darren Neave

Live and work in London