March 17, 2011 - Whitechapel Gallery - Keeping it Real: Material Intelligence
March 17, 2011

Keeping it Real: Material Intelligence

Rivane Neuenschwander, “Contingent,” 2008.
Digital video.
Running time: 10’30”.
© Rivane Neuenschwander.
Courtesy Stephen Friedman Gallery, London; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York and Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo.

Keeping it Real: Material Intelligence
18 March–22 May 2011

Whitechapel Gallery
77–82 Whitechapel High Street
London E1 7QX
whitechapelgallery.org

The Whitechapel Gallery presents the work of a generation of artists who make a direct link between art and everyday life, in the fourth and final display of works from the D.Daskalopoulos Collection, Greece.

The exhibition includes artists such as Paul Chan, Arturo Herrera, Martin Kippenberger, Seth Price and Kelley Walker who use existing images as a material in their work. Whether by taking cuttings from newspapers or using common technologies such as desktop scanners, they heighten the physicality of their chosen images by cropping, distorting and layering them.

Works on show include Martin Kippenberger‘s collages combining reproductions of iconic Pop Art works by Roy Lichtenstein taken from a Deutsche Bank calendar with cut-outs from a German nudist magazine and Arturo Herrera‘s abstract collages which incorporate segments of his own comic-inspired works. Closely connected to the video projections he is best known for, Paul Chan‘s black-and-white images as much as Seth Price‘s wall-mounted silhouettes give solid, material form to the usually empty space between objects.

Kelley Walker‘s brick ‘painting’ printed onto newspaper, a complete copy of which is mounted on the reverse of the canvas, acts like a time capsule both revealing and obscuring images related to a specific moment in time. Gabriel Kuri‘s Quick Standards, (2005), made from silver emergency blankets ironically question the continuous possibilities of political protest while Rivane Neuenschwander‘s film in high-speed motion shows ants devouring a map of the world rendered in honey. In Gabriel Orozco‘s Moon Tree, each leaf carries a paper moon, to make a connection between the most humble of materials and the cosmos.

Sam Durant‘s graffiti of a famous 1968 slogan on a large mirror reflects on the link between avant-garde art and revolutionary politics, while Ester Partegàs portrait of anonymous shoppers exposes the impersonal nature of consumer culture. The display offers a rare opportunity to see two works by Cady Noland in the UK, who explores clichés of power by displaying the US-flag on a zimmer frame and presenting the life-size image of a cowboy perforated by holes.

This exhibition is the fourth and final exhibition in a series of four displays drawn from the D.Daskalopoulos Collection, Greece, as part of the Gallery’s programme to open up important art collections to the public. Devised by Achim Borchardt-Hume, Chief Curator, Whitechapel Gallery, Keeping it Real is a series of four micro-exhibitions, with each one building on the memory of its predecessor. They bring together artworks whose meaning is deeply rooted in the materials employed by the artists.

The presentation of the D.Daskalopoulos Collection is part of the Whitechapel Gallery’s ongoing programme of opening up collections that are rarely seen by the public in the UK. Exhibitions are displayed in the dedicated Collections Gallery, one of the new spaces in the recently expanded building which opened in April 2009. It follows the presentation of 5 displays from the British Council Collection from April 2009–May 2010. The Whitechapel Gallery’s programme of collection displays is supported by specialist insurer Hiscox.

Notes for Editors
• As part of its programme to open up important art collections to the public the Whitechapel Gallery presents a series of four displays drawn from the D.Daskalopoulos Collection, Greece, one of the foremost European collections of contemporary art.
• As the principal owner, CEO and Chairman, Dimitris Daskalopoulos oversaw since 1983 the transformation of a family dairy business into VIVARTIA S.A., Greece’s largest food company, with leading brands in dairy, bakery, frozen foods and restaurants and 13,000 employees in 29 countries. He sold the business in 2007. Today, he is the Chairman of DAMMA Holdings SA, a financial services and investment company, the Chairman of the Board of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV), and also a member of the Board of Directors of The National Bank of Greece and of the Mytilineos Group of companies. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Guggenheim Foundation and active in the Tate International Council and the Leadership Council of the New Museum.
Keeping it Real has been conceived and curated by Achim Borchardt-Hume, Chief Curator, Whitechapel Gallery.
• A fully-illustrated publication, Keeping It Real. From the ready-made to the everyday, detailing each of the 4 exhibitions is published by the Gallery.
• The Whitechapel Gallery’s programme of collection displays is supported by specialist insurer Hiscox.

Visitor Information
Keeping it Real: Material Intelligence, 18 March–22 May 2011, Whitechapel Gallery. Admission free. Opening times: Tuesday–Sunday, 11am–6pm, Thursdays, 11am–9pm. Whitechapel Gallery, 77–82 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX. Nearest London Underground Station: Aldgate East, Liverpool Street, Tower Gateway DLR. T + 44 (0) 20 7522 7888 info@whitechapelgallery.org, whitechapelgallery.org

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