‘Ellen Gallagher’s Biosphere: Ecstatic Draught of Fishes’ by Carol Armstrong

I want to start with that blushing watercolor octopus. It looks like something from another world, an interstellar spaceship with a mass of blinking lights, hovering before descending into the watery world below it — or is it rising, floating away, about to depart and return from whence it came? Below it, in the bottom right corner of the large vertical piece of stained, thick-laid paper that forms its watercolor environment, there lies coiled a second cephalopod, this one more amorphous than the first and shading from a blood red to a darker maroon as it appears to sleep, the slit of its one visible eye closed, amidst a green and tangled world of subaquatic vegetation into which some of its ruddy coloring seems to have dissipated, like a pink-hued version of the ink that such creatures are known to expel, or like a beating heart bleeding out. Together, the pair might be understood as a kind of allegory for the different but interwoven dimensions of Gallagher’s practice: its blend of oceanographic natural history and Black-Atlantis mythology; its ecstatic wateriness and its richly generative relation, at once abstract and figurative, to its material ground; and now, its colorism.

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Jo Applin on Lee Lozano

Somerset — 9 Oct 2020

On the occasion of the exhibition ‘Lee Lozano’, we invited Jo Applin to walk through the galleries and talk about the artist and her work. Selecting key works from the 41 drawings and paintings on show, Applin gives an insight into both Lozano's life and her work; contextualizing her practice and highlighting her response to the constraints of constitutional systems, disrupting dynamics of gender, power, money and politics.

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‘Every Day is Earth Day’ Activity Guide

To mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on 22 April 2020, Hauser & Wirth has joined forces with Jenny Holzer on a very special fundraising initiative. Holzer is creating a limited-edition print in an edition of 100, featuring one of her iconic Truisms – ALL THINGS ARE DELICATELY INTERCONNECTED – a timely message that speaks to the current global health and environmental crises we are navigating today. As Holzer states: ‘Every day is Earth Day’.

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ARTatHOME

Our artists have created a series of downloadable coloring pages to bring some creativity to your day. Join us as we ‘ARTatHome’ together by coloring-in specially created line drawings by artists Mark Bradford, Nicolas Party, Anj Smith, Rashid Johnson, Luchita Hurtado and Zhang Enli. ARTatHome can be enjoyed together with your children and is suitable for all ages.

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Exhibition Guide: Alina Szapocznikow

London

Following an initial debut at Hauser & Wirth New York in late 2019, ‘To Exalt the Ephemeral: Alina Szapocznikow, 1962 – 1972,’ is the first solo presentation of Alina Szapocznikow’s work in the UK since the artist’s acclaimed exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield in 2017. Alina Szapocznikow radically re-conceptualised sculpture as a vehicle for exploring, liberating and declaring bodily experience. The exhibition begins in 1962 with Szapocznikow’s first self-cast and ends in 1972 with the artist’s final body of work, the Herbarium series. This selection of works from the artist’s last decade of life surveys the expressive force of Szapocznikow’s material innovation.

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