The representation of the house in the history of art is wide-reaching, from Pieter Bruegel the Elder through to Edward Hopper by way of Matisse, to name just three examples. This exhibition, 'House Work', at Victoria Miro assembles diversified works by a roster of artists that depict houses and other kinds of homes.

While some of the artists, such as Hernas Bas, Jules de Balincourt, Peter Doig, Alice Neel, Tal R and Grayson Perry, are represented by the gallery, there are pieces that are on loan. Victoria Miro has managed to borrow a Chagall gouache, 'Couple Sous La Pluie' (1926), of a couple under an umbrella approaching a house, and a Cy Twombly. The strategy positions the works of the gallery's artists within a larger thematic context, tracing a thread between past and present, across different genres.

David Harrison Moondrop, 2006 Oil on canvas 37 x 37 cms 14.58 x 14.58 inches © David Harrison Courtesy the Artist and Victoria Miro, London
Balincourt's 'Valley Pool Party' (2016), executed by the artist upon return to his hometown of Los Angeles after 20 years away, is a richly saturated modern dreamscape of a few individuals lounging around an empty, inviting pool. Karen Kilimnik's 'The summer house of Apollo in the French countryside outside of Paris' (2016) is an illusionistic painting of the rear façade of the former mansion of Empress Joséphine. Bas’ 'Preferring the out to the indoor night' (2010) shows a young, solitary man absorbed by his book, seemingly oblivious to his rickety surroundings, while Neel’s 'Belmar, New Jersey' (1935) depicts the house she rented on the New Jersey shore.

Alice Neel Belmar, New Jersey, 1935 Oil on Masonite 50.8 x 71.1 cm 20 x 28 in © The Estate of Alice Neel (Photographer: Stephen White) Courtesy the Artist’s Estate and Victoria Miro, London
Jules de Balincourt Valley Pool Party, 2016 Oil on panel 61 x 50.8 cm 24 x 20 in © Jules de Balincourt (Photographer: Robert Glowacki) Courtesy the Artist and Victoria Miro, London