Why is everything theatrical suddenly the hot subject in art? Why are so many artists plundering the aesthetics of variety with its arcane, showy, comic and decidedly over-the-top routines and gestures?
What do these forms say about our current cultural condition? About our enduring interest in the art of illusion? And about our attitudes to the dark, glamorous and uncanny spectacle of the theatre?
Writer and curator Adrian Heathfield convenes a lively discussion with artists contributing to Variety on the nature of their work and its relationship to the contemporary art scene, theatrical spectacle and popular culture.
Contributors include Jonathan Allen and Daria Martin.