Collector's Choice II
8 March - 28 April 2017
For Part II of our Collector's Choice exhibition (a revived title Gimpel Fils used in past decades) the gallery continues the presentation of artworks from its collection of artists, many of which have not been seen for years. Highlights include a glass and mosaic panel by Niki de Saint Phalle, an edition of the commission by the National Portrait Gallery of Kate Moss by Corinne Day and a bronze by Hubert Dalwood from his Bonzai Garden series.
Susan Hiller is represented by two works from the 80's. Her early career included studies in the Fine Arts, in archaeology and in anthropology. Hiller conducted field work in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. From this multi-disciplinary background, Hiller began to produce artworks which often take the form of sequential images and lists, practices common to anthropological archiving. Lucid Dreams IV introduces two other elements of Hiller's practice: the self-portrait and automatic writing. Hiller made a series of works where she had herself photographed in an automatic photobooth, a subject of fascination to the artist which she explored long before it featured in the film Amelie. The automatic writing arises from Hiller's fascination with an idea which recurs in psychoanalysis as well as spiritual practices, where automatic writing is performed under conditions of total relaxation and detachment by the subject. The resulting marks, or traces, are then filtered through Hiller's artistic control of the overall image, giving rise to a rich mix of allusions.
Minoru Niizuma (1930-1988) was a Japanese sculptor who made his career in New York. Niizuma worked primarily in marble, but also granite, volcanic rock and other varieties of stone. White Castle II displays Niizuma's sensitive use of surface and texture in carving, a feature often noted by reviewers of his exhibitions. His sculpture can be found in the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; the Seibu Museum, Tokyo; the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York and the Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon.
Reflecting the range and depth of the gallery's collection and in its 70 year exhibition program, other works in the show include Sandra Blow, Albert Irvin, Hannah Maybank and Harry Seager.