Ep.233 Lee Wagstaff - Ministry of Arts Podcast

In this episode Gary Mansfield speaks to Lee Wagstaff (@lee_wagstaff)

Lee Wagstaff was born in 1969 in London, I am an English artist living in Italy.

He studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and the Royal College of Art in London and Kyoto City University of Arts, Kyoto, Japan.

He has exhibited his body, large format photographic self-portraits and graphite works at art and performance venues worldwide. One performance was featured in the Ornament Und Abstraction show at the Beyeler Foundation, Basel, Switzerland and I was the first Western artist to be featured in the Art Annual, Kobe, Japan.

In 2007 Lee co-founded the artists project space RISE berlin and acted as its director and curator until 2013.

“Shroud”, a self-portrait screen printed in my own blood, was included in the Victoria & Albert Museum exhibition Impressions of the Century — 100 Years of the Fine Art Print.

“The emergence of Lee’s image on the Shroud elevates him to the status of a surrogate divine seemingly without the intervention of God. It comes off as both disquietingly heroic and at the same time spiritually arrogant”

David Bowie

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