Born in Romania in 1926, and working for much of her life within a Commmunist state, Brătescu’s vivid practice has manifested as performance, textile work, paper collage and film.
This introduction to Brătescu’s singular vision comprises a selection of works from 1960 to the present day which showcases her commitment to the drawn line, whether created in fabric with a sewing machine, by the body performing through space, or found within her detailed classical draughtsmanship. It reveals a consistency of independent purpose and design persisting across the decades.
Glenn Ligon (b 1960) is one of the most significant American artists of his generation. Much of his work relates to abstract expressionism and minimalist painting, remixing formal characteristics to highlight the cultural and social histories of the time, such as the civil rights movement.
This exhibition brings together artworks and other material he references in his own work and writings, or work with which he shares certain affinities. His practice, especially his painting, is deeply involved in the legacy of Post-War American art, which he enriches through references to American history, especially African-American experience. This exhibition features many major figures such as Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock and Jasper Johns alongside Ligon’s near contemporaries including Chris Ofili, Lorna Simpson and Felix Gonzales-Torres. Wider cultural phenomena such as the photojournalism of the Civil Rights struggle and Sun Ra’s seminal film Space is the Place also feature alongside the work of the artist.
Jackson Pollock Blind Spots
Jun 30 - Oct 18, 2015
J Pollock (1912–56) is widely considered to be one of the most influential and provocative American artists of the twentieth century.
Jackson Pollock (1912–56) is widely considered to be one of the most influential and provocative American artists of the twentieth century.
Pollock famously pioneered action painting, a process that saw him drip paint on canvases resting on the studio floor. Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots presents the first exhibition in more than three decades of Pollock’s paintings made between 1951 and 1953, shedding light on a less well known but extremely influential part of his practice and departure from his signature technique.
Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots brings together the most significant showing of this widely debated body of work in a public institution since 1980. These paintings had a profound impact on the language of contemporary art, with noted art historian Michael Fried commenting that it was while Pollock was making his black pourings that he was ‘on the verge of an entirely new and different kind of painting … of virtually limitless potential’.
Created after nearly four years of colourful, lyrical, decorative, non-figurative paintings, the black pourings marked a major turning point in Pollock’s style. Feeling compelled to re-invigorate himself and his practice during a difficult period in his life, it was a deliberate move from his defining ‘drip’ technique to a new ‘pour’, anticipating the arrival of post-painterly abstraction in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
This exhibition will take visitors on a journey through the artist’s practice, starting with a room featuring a selection of paintings from 1947–49 as an introduction to the innovative directions represented by the black pourings period. Exhibiting works from the peak of the artist’s fame juxtaposed with his lesser known work offers the opportunity to appreciate Pollock’s broader ambitions as an artist and better understand the importance of the ‘blind spots’ in his practice.
Presented alongside the black pourings will be drawings from the same period, regarded as his most important and productive as a draughtsman, as well as a number of virtually unknown and rarely seen sculptures. With an immense material power beyond their tiny scale, these enigmatic works will be a surprising discovery for many and, along with his paintings, reveal Pollock’s extensive practice.
Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots explores this immensely rich and relatively neglected body of work and will provide new insights into this pivotal artist’s contribution to and influence on post-war art.
This exhibition is a collaboration between Tate Liverpool and the Dallas Museum of Art, where it will then be on display 15 November 2015–20 March 2016.
An Imagined Museum: works from the Pompidou, Tate and MMK collections
This autumn, Tate Liverpool presents An Imagined Museum: works from the Pompidou, Tate and MMK collections, an exhibition that brings together post-war works drawn from three major European collections. Inspired by Ray Bradbury’s 1953 novel Fahrenheit 451, An Imagined Museum exposes those key ideas and arguments which would no longer be part of our lives if visual art were to disappear. Highlights include Bridget Riley’s Fall 1963, Andy Warhol’s 100 Campbell’s Soup Cans 1962, Claes Oldenburg’s Soft Typewriter, “Ghost” - Version 1963 and Marcel Broodthaers’s Daguerre’s Soup 1975.
Liverpool Biennial, the UK Biennial of Contemporary Art, takes place from 9 July until 16 October 2016.
For the 9th edition of Liverpool Biennial, a curatorial team has been assembled to work together, sharing different interests and expertise. The team of curators includes Sally Tallant, Raimundas Malašauskas, Francesco Manacorda, Dominic Willsdon, Rosie Cooper, Polly Brannan and Francesca Bertolotti.
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