A series of four displays drawn from the D. Daskalopoulos Collection, Greece, devised by Achim Borchardt-Hume. Keeping it Real is conceived as a sequence of four micro-exhibitions, with each one building on the memory of its predecessor. They bring together a selection of works whose meaning is deeply rooted in the materials employed by the artists; from Duchamp's readymade and Gober's wax sculptures to Arturo Herrera's collages and Sam Durant's mirror painting. The first act: The Corporeal, foregrounds works which examine the human body as a site of psychological, social and ideological struggle.
curated by Achim Borchardt-Hume, Chief Curator, Whitechapel Gallery
As part of its programme to open up important art collections to the public the Whitechapel Gallery presents a series of four displays drawn from the D. Daskalopoulos Collection, Greece, one of the foremost European collections of contemporary art. Jointly titled, Keeping it Real, these displays go on view from 10 June 2010 – 22 May 2011 in the dedicated Collections Gallery.
The D. Daskalopoulos Collection consists of over 400 major works with a particular focus on the last 30 years and key works from earlier periods. Important artists represented in the Collection include Louise Bourgeois, Marcel Duchamp, Robert Gober, David Hammons, Mona Hatoum, Mike Kelley, Nikos Kessanlis, Martin Kippenberger, Sherrie Levine, Sarah Lucas, Cady Noland, Dieter Roth, Kiki Smith, and Rosemarie Trockel. Rivane Neuenschwander, Seth Price and Kelley Walker are but some of a younger generation of artists on show.
Devised by Achim Borchardt-Hume, Chief Curator, Whitechapel Gallery, Keeping it Real is conceived as a sequence of four micro-exhibitions, with each one building on the memory of its predecessor. They bring together a selection of works whose meaning is deeply rooted in the materials employed by the artists; from Duchamp’s readymade and Gober’s wax sculptures to Arturo Herrera’s collages and Sam Durant’s mirror painting.
The Corporeal, 10 June – 5 September 2010, foregrounds works which examine the human body as a site of psychological, social and ideological struggle. Gender identity and desire are frequent themes as are intimations of mortality. This display includes two emblematic works from the Collection: Louise Bourgeois’ Fillette (Sweeter Version) (1968 -99) and Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain (1917 - 64), as well as key works by Marina Abramovic, Robert Gober, David Hammons, Sherrie Levine and Sarah Lucas.
Subversive Abstraction, 17 September – 5 December, focuses on works that use the language of abstraction to probe the medium of painting beyond the conventional confines of paint on canvas. An installation by David Hammons enters into dialogue with works by artists as diverse as Lynda Benglis, Robert Gober, Kori Newkirk, Dieter Roth and Daniel Subkoff.
Current Disturbance, 17 December 2010 – 6 March 2011, is a single installation by Mona Hatoum of the same title dating from 1996. The work’s physical presence is amplified by the sound of electric current feeding the flashing lightbulbs trapped in a grid of metal cages. This is the first presentation in London of this landmark work by Mona Hatoum.
Material Intelligence, 18 March – 22 May 2011 presents artists whose work draws on readily available images for a more playful engagement with the notion of materiality. These range from a series of collages by Martin Kippenberger to the wall-mounted silhouettes of Seth Price and Kelley Walker’s digitally manipulated brick paintings.
A fully-illustrated publication introducing each of the 4 exhibitions is published by the Gallery in June 2010.
Image: Sherrie Levine, Fountain (Buddha): 5, 1996, cast bronze 42.5 x 40 x 30 cm, ©Sherrie Levine. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.
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Opening 10 June 2010
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