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Rebecca Warren

Aging Pride (group show)
Galerie Belvedere, Vienna
17 November 2017 - 4 March 2018

With Aging Pride, the Belvedere has dedicated a comprehensive museum exhibition to the highly topical, socio-political subject of age. It is the first exhibition to contrast historical and contemporary artistic positions on the concept of age with regard to gender roles, the assignment of these roles, and inter-generational solidarity.

These days, the aging process is seen as a deficiency in the public eye. Terms such as ‘anti-aging’ give the impression that aging is something pathological. The prevailing cult of youth endeavours to hide the traces of aging. Aside from negative stereotypes, however, age also indicates power, experience, wisdom, contemplation, lust for life, and triumph over societal conventions. Aging is not only a biological process but a cultural construction, which emerging sciences such as cultural gerontology have dedicated themselves to investigating.

In this show, curator Sabine Fellner demonstrates how artists have succeeded in differently perceiving the possibilities and limitations of age while transcending exaltation and pessimism. In the presented works, artists illustrate how age in all of its facets can be thoughtfully integrated into our lives. In addition to numerous works from the Belvedere collection, the exhibition presents high-profile loans from national and international museums.

Galerie Belvedere, Vienna


Additional:

Rineke Dijkstra, Rebecca Warren et al.

Für Barbara, curated by Leo Koenig (group show)
Hall Art Foundation I Schloss Derneburg, Derneburg
From 1 July 2017

Rineke Dijkstra, Hel, Poland, August 12, 1998 © Rineke Dijkstra
Rineke Dijkstra, Hel, Poland, August 12, 1998 © Rineke Dijkstra

The Hall Art Foundation is pleased to announce a group exhibition, Für Barbara, to be held at its Schloss Derneburg location in honor of recently deceased gallerist Barbara Weiss. A lifelong advocate for women in the arts, Weiss was also a friend of the Hall's and inspired the inclusion of many works by female artists in the Hall and Hall Art Foundation collections. The exhibition, curated by Leo Koenig, includes over 90 paintings, sculptures, photographs, installations, works on paper and videos by an international and multi-generational roster of female artists dating from the 1950s to 2017.

''In and beyond her gallery, Barbara advocated for women of all generations and in all positions in the arts. Her calm resolve and unruffled tenacity never overshadowed the self-determination of her artists, or eclipsed the autonomy of their work. With this exhibition, we celebrate a woman who subtly challenged the status quo by introducing ideas that would have been deemed revolutionary were they presented by any other person. The radical was an everyday occurrence with Barbara, because she presented it as fundamental.''
- Leo Koenig

Hall Art Foundation


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


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