Show Me The Money asks what does ‘the market’ look like? What does money really stand for? How can the abstractions of high finance be made visible? The exhibition charts how the financial world has been imagined in art, illustration, photography and other visual media over the last three centuries in Britain and the United States. The project asks how artists have grappled with the increasingly intangible and self-referential nature of money and finance, from the South Sea Bubble of the eighteenth century to the global financial crisis of 2008. It features works ranging from satirical eighteenth-century prints by William Hogarth and James Gillray to nineteenth-century paintings by American artists cartoonists. There are also newly commissioned works by artists Goldin+Senneby, Cornford & Cross, Immo Klink, and Simon Roberts, as well as the first UK exhibition of international artists such as Molly Crabapple. The exhibition includes an array of media: paintings, prints, photographs, videos, artefacts, and instruments of financial exchange both ‘real’ and imagined.
The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated book, published by Manchester University Press and edited by Peter Knight, Nicky Marsh and Paul Crosthwaite. There is also an app for children. For more details about the project, visit the website.