THIS WEEKEND… go and see Somewhat Abstract at Nottingham Contemporary.
Drawn from The Arts Council’s national collection and curated by Nottingham Contemporary’s Director Alex Farquharson Somewhat Abstract spans seven decades of art in Britain, showing the work of 70 artists (including eight Turner Prize winners).
In the mid 20th century abstraction and representation were seen as opposites, with artists forced to take sides. This old distinction no longer holds true, with many contemporary artists moving nimbly in and out of abstraction. Most of the work in this exhibition belongs in the more ambiguous spaces in art history.
Artists include Barbara Hepworth, Francis Bacon, Peter Blake, Yoko Ono, Helen Chadwick, Richard Deacon, Jeremy Deller, Wolfgang Tillmans, Gilbert and George and Bridget Riley, with artworks considering social and economic systems, class and gender, bodily experience and existential questions.
The exhibition runs at Nottingham Contemporary until 29 June.
Image: Wolfgang Tillmans, Dan, 2008. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © the artist. Purchased with the assistance of the Art Fund. Partial gift of the artist and Maureen Paley, London.
Posted 5 months ago on Friday, 9th May 2014