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Rebecca Warren

Foundation Vincent van Gogh, Arles (solo show)
4 March - 17 September 2017

Installation view. Courtesy the artist, Maureen Paley London and Galerie Max Hetzler Paris I Berlin. Photo: © François Deladerrière
Installation view. Courtesy the artist, Maureen Paley London and Galerie Max Hetzler Paris I Berlin. Photo: © François Deladerrière

Rebecca Warren is a sculptor of more or less figurative, more or less expressive forms in clay, bronze and welded steel, and an orchestrator of fragments displayed often but not exclusively within wall-mounted vitrines. She works with an eye to extremes – monstrous excess, alarming paucity – creating a variety of objects that she describes as existing “somewhere on the continuum between pure fleshiness and pure cartoonishness”. Hers is a restless, sometimes contradictory art, the result of sustained contemplation of the creative impulse and the mysterious potency of images and objects.

The way in which Warren’s sculpture resonates with us owes a great deal to her heightened appreciation of framing, placement and context, how her works act and react in combination with each other or within a specific setting. Expectations – principally the assumption that meaning can be distilled from appearance – are skewered. Privileged are the more complex pleasures and peculiarities of looking.

For the entrance courtyard, the artist proposes a sculpture more than three metres in height. Its main section in bronze rises like a slender trunk, misshapen and expressive, from a steel pedestal.

Foundation Vincent van Gogh, Arles


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Rebecca Warren

Rebecca Warren (solo show)
Tate St Ives, St Ives
14 October 2017 - 7 January 2018

Rebecca Warren's first major UK solo exhibition opens the new Tate St Ives

A significant British artist, Warren’s exuberant, roughly-worked sculptures and neon vitrines engage with the canon of art history. Warren first came to prominence in the 1990s and exhibits widely in Europe and the United States. This new exhibition will draw connections between her practice to date and the geographical context and artistic legacy of St Ives.

Tate St Ives, St Ives