Celebrating 50 Inspirational Years at Modern Art Oxford
More than 50 artists took part in this project which took audiences on a thematic journey beginning with the concept of time (The Indivisible Present); artistic responses to environmental issues (A Moment of Grace); the body as a site of experience (It's Me to the World); artists who produce visual knowledge and experience (Mystics and Rationalists); to the social systems though which art is produced and mediated (The Vanished Reality).
Amy Sillman, Stills from 13 Possible Futures: Cartoon for a Painting, 2013
Amy Sillman printed out each stage of a digital painting frame by frame, unpacking the hundreds of decisions involved in producing a painting. The colourful images are printed onto copier paper and hung from the gallery walls. In using the technological application to slow down the process of creation, Sillman’s work demonstrates the insights that digital media can provide into art-making and into the ways in which our minds work.
In three performances during the year, Sally O’Reilly used choreographed text, live music and performing bodies to reconsider the ways that experience and knowledge are constructed. "Artists have been described as mystics, as producing different knowledges, operating beyond the logical, dismantling the habitual or conventional and superseding language." - Sally O'Reilly.
In 1978 Hans Haacke was commissioned to produce a new work for his solo exhibition at Modern Art Oxford. At this time, Haacke was becoming well known for an uncompromising body of work that directly articulated the connections between art, politics and economic power. Haacke became interested in the Apartheid connections of Oxfordshire’s largest employer at the time, the automotive conglomerate British Leyland (BL), which was supplying military vehicles to the South African government. His artistic response was this series of seven photo-collages, which juxtaposed scenes of racial violence including BL vehicles, with Jaguar advertisements and quotations from corporate press releases, the UN Security Council, and the UK parliament to suggest (among other things) that BL was in contravention of international law. As part of this project, BL trade union workers were invited for an afternoon at the gallery and A Breed Apart was also exhibited in St Luke’s Church hall, next door to the plant in East Oxford.
Louise Lawler, Tracings, 1984-2016
Lawler investigates the ways in which works of art are contextualised; and the impact of this framing on the audience's reception of those works. In these works, Lawler turned her analytical gaze towards the reception of her own work, collaborating with illustrator Jon Buller to create ‘tracings’ of her best-known photographs. These line drawings are digitised and printed on vinyl, manifesting the images as ghostly after-effects. The tracings are reconfigured for each context in which they are shown, and destroyed after every exhibition.
Modern Art Oxford's director is Paul Hobson.
The KALEIDOSCOPE Programme was curated by Emma Ridgway, Sally Shaw, Stephanie Straine, Ciara Moloney and Ben Roberts, with historical research by Hilary Floe.
Production management by Scot Blyth with Andy Owen.
Project management by Curt Riegelnegg with Jonathan Weston.
Modern Art Oxford is supported by Arts Council England and Oxford City Council. Thank you to all our Director's Circle members, Patrons, Friends, corporate supporters and sponsors, and the trusts and foundations that enable Modern Art Oxford's work.
Partners and supporters of Modern Art Oxford and KALEIDOSCOPE:
Lavazza, Warburg Pincus, Art Fund, Bonhams, Culture Ireland, German Embassy London, Heritage Lottery Fund, Penny & Sinclair, Oxford Bus Company, HMG Law, Polish Cultural Institute London, Wenn Townsend, Rise, Laurent-Perrier, Private Cellar, Chris Lewis Security.
John S Cohen Foundation, Doris Field Charitable Trust, Ernest Cook Trust, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth (NZ), The Henry Moore Foundation, PF Charitable Trust, Mr & Mrs JA Pye's Charitable Settlement, The Rothschild Foundation, The Staples Trust, The University of Oxford Small Community Grants Scheme, Westgate Alliance.
Casey Kaplan Gallery, Darcy Lange Estate, Frith Street Gallery, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Kerlin Gallery Dublin, Kraupa Tuskany-Zeidler, Lisson Gallery, Marian Goodman Gallery, Sofia LeWitt, Marcel Broodthears Estate, Spruth Magers, Anne Madden, Stedelijk Museum, Tate & the National Galleries of Scotland, Stuart Shave/Modern Art, The British Museum, Thomas Dane Gallery, Tiwani Contemporary, Victoria Miro Gallery, Vigo Gallery, Walker Gallery and White Cube.
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