Artist who paints grime MCs as landed gentry set for exhibition at London’s Tate Britain

Reuben Dangoor depicts the likes of Wiley, Dizzee Rascal and more as aristocrats

Reuben Dangoor, the artist behind a recent project that saw grime artists depicted as 19th century members of the landed gentry, has announced a new exhibition at London’s Tate Britain.

Dangoor, also known for 2010 viral video ‘Being A Dickhead’s Cool’, will be part of the Late at Tate Britain’s event on the theme of celebrity this weekend.

A press release reads: “From historic royalty to YouTube fame, how has art displayed status? Starting with the idea of power and going on to the body and changing face of celebrity, this season Late at Tate Britain explores representations of status through time.”

Dangoor’s ‘Legends of the Scene’ is one of the pop-up exhibitions for the night, which will run at the gallery on Friday (December 4) from 6.30pm to 9.30pm. It will feature portraits of Wiley, Dizzee Rascal, Skepta and more, all depicted as aristocrats.

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There will also be live music from Joey Fourr, an “odd-pop” trio featuring ex-Tubelord frontman Joseph Prendergast. More info can be found here.

Speaking about the project previously, Dangoor told Noisey: “A lot of that sort of imagery is representative of the UK in a historical or stereotypical way”.

“Big country manors, Earls and Dukes, Downton Abbey. I feel like the grime guys are flying the flag for the UK in a totally different way but are still 100 per cent homegrown. I just liked the idea that we could hold these guys up in the same sort of regard and present them in the same sort of way.”

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