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27
Jun
09

Exhibition: ‘ARTIST ROOMS: Celmins, Gallagher, Hirst, Katz, Warhol, Woodman’ at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

Exhibition dates: 14th March – 18th November, 2009

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Fancesca Woodman.'From Angel Series, Roma, September 1977' 1977

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Fancesca Woodman
‘From Angel Series, Roma, September 1977’
1977

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Francesca Woodman. 'Space², Providence, Rhode Island, 1975-1978' 1975-1978

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Francesca Woodman
‘Space², Providence, Rhode Island, 1975-1978’
1975-1978

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“Throughout 2009, 18 museums and galleries across the UK will be showing over 30 ARTIST ROOMS from the collection created by the dealer and collector, Anthony d’Offay, and acquired by Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland in February 2008. This is the first time a national collection has been shared and shown simultaneously across the UK, and has only been made possible through the exceptional generosity of independent charity The Art Fund and, in Scotland, of the Scottish Government.

The opening displays at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh this spring will include the work of Vija Celmins, Ellen Gallagher, Damien Hirst, Alex Katz, Andy Warhol, and Francesca Woodman. Highlights will include Celmins’ beautiful, delicate images of seas, deserts and the night sky, a complete series of landscape and portrait paintings by the American painter Alex Katz and Francesca Woodman’s intimate, surrealist-influenced photographs. Damien Hirst, the most prominent British artist of today, will feature in an expanded display across several rooms. This will bring together works from ARTIST ROOMS – such as the iconic ‘Away from the Flock’ (an early example of Hirst’s animals in formaldehyde) and a recent butterfly painting – with additional loans from further collections.

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Andy Warhol. 'Trash cans' 1986

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Andy Warhol
‘Trash cans’
1986

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Vija Celmins. 'Web # 1' 1999

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Vija Celmins
‘Web #1’
1999

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American artist Vija Celmins makes paintings, drawings and prints. Using charcoal, graphite and erasers she produces delicate images based on photographs of the sea, deserts, the night sky and other natural phenomena.

The ARTIST ROOMS collection comprises 24 works on paper by Celmins, including three unique drawings. ‘Web #1′ is typical of her fragile images and is the first of nine works on the theme of the spider’s web. It is accompanied by a series of four ‘web’ prints which echo the web-like construction of the universe. Other works in the collection include an important series from the entitled ‘Concentric Bearings’ which explores different images of turning space.

Celmins works focus on something small and individual in the context of vastness. The images they depict seem fragile because they record a specific human glimpse through a telescope or camera which is temporary and frozen in time.

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Vija Celmins. 'Untitled (Web 1)' 2001

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Vija Celmins
‘Untitled (Web 1)’
2001

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Damien Hirst. 'Controlled Substances Key Painting (Spot 4a)' 1994

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Damien Hirst
‘Controlled Substances Key Painting (Spot 4a)’
1994

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Damien Hirst is the most prominent artist to have emerged from the British art scene in the 1990s. Hirst’s work forces viewers to question their understanding of issues such as the fragility of life, our reluctance to confront death and decay and other dilemmas of human existence.

He is best known for his ‘Natural History’ works – large-scale sculptures featuring dead animals floating in Minimalist looking vitrines – but also for his mirrored pharmacy cabinets lined with shelves full of evenly spaced drug bottles, pills, sea shells or cigarette butts, and his paintings, which he produces in series.

An example of these, included in ARTIST ROOMS, is the early ‘Controlled Substances Key Painting (Spot 4a)’. Also included in ARTIST ROOMS is the key work ‘Away from the Flock’, featuring a sheep floating in formaldehyde. The large butterfly diptych ‘Monument to the Living and the Dead’, 2006 was made specifically for ARTIST ROOMS.

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Damien Hirst. 'Away from the flock' 1995

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Damien Hirst
‘Away from the flock’
1995

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Francesca Woodman. 'Eel Series, Roma, May-August 1977' 1977

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Francesca Woodman
‘Eel Series, Roma, May-August 1977’
1977

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American photographer Francesca Woodman has eighteen rare vintage black and white photographs in ARTIST ROOMS. They have a timeless unique quality. The artist began taking photographs at the age of thirteen and though she was only twenty two when she took her own life, she left behind a substantial body of work.

Francesca Woodman’s photographs explore issues of gender and self, looking at the representation of the body in relation to its surroundings. She puts herself in the frame most often, although these are not conventional self-portraits as she is either partially hidden, or concealed by slow exposures that blur her moving figure into a ghostly presence.

Found objects and suggestive props are carefully placed to create unsettling, surreal or claustrophobic scenarios. Her photographs are produced in thematic series’, relating to specific props, places or situations. In combining performance, play and self-exposure, Woodman’s photographs create extreme and often disturbing psychological states.

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Francesca Woodman. 'Untitled, 1975-1980' 1975-1980

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Francesca Woodman
‘Untitled, 1975-1980’
1975-1980

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Francesca Woodman. 'Untitled, 1975-1980' 1975-1980

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Francesca Woodman
‘Untitled, 1975-1980’
1975-1980

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Andy Warhol. 'I am blind' 1976 -1986

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Andy Warhol
‘I am blind’
1976 -1986

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Andy Warhol is one of the most influential American artists to emerge in the post-war period. ARTIST ROOMS includes an impressive selection of 232 works which span the artist’s entire work. This display focuses on a group of stitched photographs from the collection.

After graduating and moving to New York in 1949, Warhol quickly became established as one of the city’s most sought after commercial illustrators, working for magazines such as Glamour and Harper’s Bazaar. However, it was in the early-sixties that he began to produce the work for which he is most celebrated.

As the most famous proponent of Pop Art, his earliest ‘pop’ works depict consumer goods and images from the press. This evolved to reveal his enduring fascination with celebrity and mortality, with many of his most powerful images touching on these themes.

ARTIST ROOMS comprises a superb array of important works representing all phases of Warhol’s career and a cross-section of media. Warhol explored the medium of photography extensively and began producing stitched photographs in 1986. Returning to his earlier predilection for repetition, Warhol used multiple prints of the same photographs that he then had sewn together to form a composite work of art. By repeating the same image, Warhol could extend the abstract design to the whole work and emphasize the broader significance of what might seem to be peculiarly singular and oddball.”

Text from the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art website

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Andy Warhol. 'Venus in Shell' 1976 -1986

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Andy Warhol
‘Venus in Shell’
1976 -1986

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SCOTTISH NATIONAL GALLERY OF MODERN ART
75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DR

Open daily, 10am-5pm.
Admission free

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art website

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Dr Marcus Bunyan is an Australian artist and writer. His work explores the boundaries of identity and place. He writes the Art Blart blog which reviews exhibitions in Melbourne, Australia and posts exhibitions from around the world. He has a Dr of Philosophy from RMIT University, Melbourne and is currently studying a Master of Art Curatorship at The University of Melbourne.

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