Subversive Spaces, Sainsbury
Subversive Spaces: Surrealism and Contemporary Art
Curated by Anna Dezeuze, Sam Lackey and David Lomas Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts 29th Sep 2009 — 13th Dec 2009
Surrealists: Dorothea Tanning, Claude Cahun, Salvador Dalí , Max Ernst, René Magritte, Hans Bellmer, Dora Maar, Jacques-André Boiffard, Brassaï, Giorgio De Chirico, Eugéne Atget, Humphrey Spender, Henri Michaux. Contemporary: Lucy Gunning, Anna Gaskell, Sarah Lucas, Douglas Gordon, Markus Schwinwald, Paula Rego, Francesca Woodman, Robert Gober, Mona Hatoum, William Anastasi,Tony Oursler, Ralph Rumney, Katie Holten, Francis Alÿs, Alex Villar.
Subversive Spaces examines past and present representations of space through two main locations: the domestic interior and the streets of the city. Moving from the work of Salvador Dalí and René Magritte where nothing is what it seems, to the dangerous playpens of Mona Hatoum and Robert Gober, the home becomes a locale for unease and disquiet rather than comfort. Meanwhile the city streets, wastelands and ruins are considered as sites to be reclaimed by the artist. Following the Surrealists’ random explorations of Paris, visually represented in the photographs of a disappearing city by Brassai and by Eugene Atget, the exhibition looks at contemporary artists’ routes around the city including Alex Villar’s attempts to inhabit cracks and gaps around the city to Francis Alÿs’ interaction with London’s streets.
SAINSBURY CENTRE FOR VISUAL ARTS
University of East Anglia Norwich
NR4 7TJ UK 01603 593199
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