Two exhibitions. Art is not always what it seems to be in the work of influential British artist and writer Liam Gillick. Since the late 1980s, Gillick has created suggestive sculptural works in public and private spaces. My Reality: contemporary art and the culture of japanese animation; the work in the show explores anime's slick conventions, such as futuristic technology, cyborgs, fantastical creatures and post-apocalyptic landscapes, as well as such themes as changing gender roles and the explosion of consumerism.
January 26 - March 24, 2002
Art is not always what it seems to be in the work of influential British artist and writer Liam Gillick. The Contemporary Arts Center will present Gillick's first solo exhibition in an American museum. Since the late 1980s, Gillick has created suggestive sculptural works in public and private spaces employing elements of corporate design - screens, cubicles and curtains - to begin dialogue about interpersonal power dynamics, the ways in which they relate to social structures, and the nature of our built environment as it reinforces these relationships.
Always "thinking about the future after the future," his novels McNamara (1993), Erasmus is Late (1995) and Discussion Island: Big Conference Island (1997) have often anticipated his constructed scenarios.
Gillick has had solo exhibitions at galleries and museums in MÃ¼nster, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Stuttgart, Germany; the Hayward Gallery, London; Kunsthaus Glarus, Switzerland and Le Magasin, Grenoble, France, among others. His work was included in the Walker Art Center's recent exhibition of British art, Brilliant.
My Reality: The Culture of Anime
January 26 - March 24, 2002
Influenced by American animation, such as Disney cartoons and Japanese wood block printing, the Japanese animation form known as anime has become a dominant force in global pop culture. My Reality: The Culture of Anime investigates the impact of anime on today's art and mainstream culture. The work in the show explores anime's slick conventions, such as futuristic technology, cyborgs, fantastical creatures and post-apocalyptic landscapes, as well as such themes as changing gender roles and the explosion of consumerism.
My Reality includes works by Japanese artists Takashi Murakami, Kenji Yanobe, Yoshitomo Nara, Mariko Mori, Momoyo Torimitsu and Taro Chiezo, and Korean artist Lee Bul. Works by western artists Matthew Benedict, Paul McCarthy, Micha Klein, Richard Patterson, James Esber, Tom Sachs and Charlie White complement those by the Asian artists. James Esber was included in the CAC's Fall 1999 exhibition Brooklyn, New Work, and Yanobe showed at the Center in 1997.
My Reality is organized by the Des Moines Art Center and distributed by Independent Curators International. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalog that incorporates trading cards as an incentive to interest young people in the art of our time.
Traveling Exhibition Itinerary
Des Moines Art Center
Des Moines, Iowa
February 10-May 6, 2001
The Brooklyn Museum of Art
Brooklyn, New York
July 28-October 3, 2001
The Contemporary Arts Center
January 24-March 31, 2002
Tampa Museum of Art
April 21-June 23, 2002
Chicago Cultural Center
July 13-September 8, 2002
Akron Art Museum
September 21, 2002-January 5, 2003
Norton Museum of Art
West Palm Beach, Florida
The Huntsville Museum of Art
October 13, 2003-January 4, 2004
image: Kenji Yanobe, Survival Racing Car, Yellow 1987
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