Mark Neville - PHOTOGRAPHS London Wednesday, May 19, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Europe

  • Exhibited

    Oxford, Modern Art Oxford, Local Stories, 7 March - 30 April 2006; Kilmarnock, Dick Institute, The Port Glasgow Book Project, 25 August - 21 October 2006; Parrworld, touring exhibition including: Haus Der Kunst, Munich, 7 May - 17 Aug 2008; Jeu de Paume, Paris, 30 June - 27 September 2009; Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, 16 October 2009 - 17 January 2010 (each another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    M. Neville, Port Glasgow, 2005, cover

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 2004 Neville spent a year as an artist in residence in Port Glasgow, the world centre for shipbuilding fifty years ago, now a town facing an industrial and economic decline. His Port Glasgow Book Project was a revolutionary public artwork that sought to challenge notions of ownership, appropriation, dissemination, and political and social division. In particular, it looked at how class and social divide is reinforced through images. The concept was to produce and distribute a hardback book of 'social documentary' images, with high-production values, that subverted conventional ways in which such books are disseminated as 'art', or 'coffee-table', and questioned the way in which social documentary photography sometimes depends on an inherent framework of exploitation. The book was uniquely delivered, free, to the eight thousand households in the Port by the members of the local Boys Football Club. It was not available anywhere else, commercially, or otherwise. Once delivered, they each had singular ownership of the book, and could choose to cherish it as a social document, discard it, or even attempt to sell it on 'ebay'.
    Another example of this work is held in the collections of Martin Parr, The National Galleries of Scotland and The Arts Council of England.


Betty at Port Glasgow Town Hall Christmas Party from The Port Glasgow Book Project

Colour coupler print, flush-mounted.
100.3 x 127 cm (39 1/2 x 50 in).
Signed and dated in ink on a label affixed to the reverse of the frame. Number 4 from an edition of 5 plus 2 artist's proof. Accompanied by a signed certificate of authenticity, a copy of the commercially unavailable book Port Glasgow, and a portfolio of community response from Portonians relating to 'The Port Glasgow Book Project'.

£8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for £12,500


20 May 2010