DLA Piper Series: This is Sculpture takes an ambitious and revolutionary look at the history of modern and contemporary sculpture. This new Tate collection display continues to examine and question the trajectory of artistic innovation in twentieth-century art and beyond.
Sculpture in the form of object, installation, assemblage and ready-made will sit alongside more surprising forms, such as painting, video, photography, language and performance.
In addition, key figures from the cultural arena have been invited to co-curate selected sections of the display. Artist Michael Craig-Martin, world renowned hat designer Philip Treacy and singer-songwriter and actress Marianne Faithfull offer their own inspiring interpretations of the Tate collection. Reflecting their own specialist practice, they present us with new ways of seeing and appreciating sculpture.
Philip Treacy’s section of the display, entitled Conversation Pieces, features artworks from his own private collection alongside specially selected works from the Tate collection, and explores the human form and human relations, mirroring in some ways his own design process. Works by Francis Bacon and Dorothy Cross representing the human figure are shown alongside the emotive abstract works of Joan Mitchell and Jackson Pollock. Central to the display and exhibition design are two artist films by Simon Martin and Haluk Akakçe. Dramatic, playful and quirky, they demonstrate Treacy’s humour, avant-garde interests and Pop sensibilities. Additional highlights include works by Vanessa Beecroft, Ellsworth Kelly and Andy Warhol.
Renowned singer-songwriter and actress Marianne Faithfull is the latest cultural figure to collaborate with Tate with her display Innocence and Experience, opening from 20 April – 27 August 2012. Faithfull has carefully selected works which reflect and offer a meditation upon her artistic influences, and her celebrated and very public life. Many of the artworks presented have personal significance for Faithfull, drawing upon friendships or collaborations with artists and performers across a variety of different art forms.
Featured artists include Francis Bacon, William Blake, Lucian Freud and Richard Hamilton