Friday, February 26, 2010

Workplace Gallery at The Armory Show, New York : Eric Bainbridge & Marcus Coates

Workplace Gallery is pleased to present new work by

Eric Bainbridge

Marcus Coates

Booth 541
MARCH 4-7, 2010

Eric Bainbridge (b.1955 UK) has presented numerous solo exhibitions in museums and galleries including Supercollage Galleria Caroline & Salvatore Ala, Milan 2009, Forward Thinking MIMA, Middlesbrough 2008, DELFINA, London 1997, The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam 1989, ICA, Boston 1987, and Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis 1986. Forthcoming exhibitions include British Sculpture, Royal Academy, London and The Economy A Foundation, Liverpool. Group exhibitions include Monologue/Dialogue at Bangkok University Gallery, Collage at The Bloomberg Space, London, Glad That Things Don't Talk at Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Anxious Object, STORE, London, Etc, Amagerfaelledvej Art Project, Copenhagen, and New Generations - Sculpture in Britain 1951-2000, Leeds City Art Gallery.

Marcus Coates (b.1968, UK) has exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally. Forthcoming projects include Sydney Biennial 2010, Serpentine Gallery London, 2010. Exhibitions include: Psychopomp, Milton Keynes Gallery 2010, Kunsthalle Zurich 2009, Altermodern, Tate Triennial, London 2009, Diawa Prize Winner at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo 2009, New Orleans Museum of Modern Art, USA, Manifesta7, Trento, Italy 2008. Coates received the Paul Hamlyn Visual Arts Award 2008 and the Daiwa Foundation Art Prize 2009 and was the Calouste Gulbenkian Artist in Residence in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, 2008. Coates lives and works in London.

image (top):
Eric Bainbridge
Untitled, 2010
Cut Paper
28.5 x 21.5 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery

image (below):
Marcus Coates
Vision Quest with Chrome Hoof (detail)
Coronet Theatre *1, London 2009
digital c-type print
115 x 163 cm
photography: Nick David 
Produced by Nomad, Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery

The Armory Show is America's leading fine art fair devoted to the most important art of the 20th and 21st centuries. In its eleven years, the fair has become an international institution. Every March, artists, galleries, collectors, critics and curators from all over the world make New York their destination during Armory Arts Week.

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Friday, February 05, 2010

Catherine Bertola: "Walls are talking: Wallpaper, Art and Culture" Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK

Walls are talking: Wallpaper, Art and Culture

Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Road, Manchester

6 February - 3 May 2010
Preview: Friday 5 February, 6-8pm

The first major UK exhibition of artists' wallpapers with work by over 30 artists including Andy Warhol, Sarah Lucas and Damien Hirst. Kitsch ideas of home decoration are turned upside down as artists subvert the stereotypes of wallpaper to hit home messages about warfare, racism, cultural conflicts and gender.

The exhibition is grouped around themes: subversion, commodification, imprisonment and sexuality. In Sonia Boyce's work Clapping, a feeling of claustrophobia and menace is strengthened by the repeated design of the black and white hand print. Zineb Sedira uses wallpaper patterns to illustrate social inequalities and gender difference from her French-Algerian Islamic perspective.

Thomas Demand, one of the foremost conceptual artists working today, covers the entire South Gallery in his Ivy wallpaper - intricate pieces of paper cut out and photographed make up a lifelike work of imprisoning beauty. In stark contrast to this are popular commercial papers that reinforce cultural and gender stereotypes; from Barbie or the Spice Girls to the use of male symbols such as beer cans, football teams or idealised female bodies.

Whether amusing, like David Shrigley's Industrial Estate, or startling, like Bashir Makhoul's Points of View, the rolls of paper in this exhibition provide an unprecedented insight into a bold and progressive contemporary art form. Wallpaper has long been thought of as a backdrop to the main event. With so many prominent designers and artists using the medium as their primary method of expression, this exhibition provides a timely exploration of the possibilities and power of print.

Catherine Bertola
Beyond the looking glass (detail)
ash and paper
New Commissioned work for 'Walls are Talking'
Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery

Cath Campbell, Peter J. Evans, Ant Macari, Richard Rigg: "Brick by Brick" xsite Architecture, Newcastle, UK


Exhibition runs until 5th March 2010
Open Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm or by appointment