Cecilia Vicuña’s painting of Karl Marx in The Guggenheim
Another significant museum acquisition of a painting by Cecilia Vicuña: her painting of Karl Marx from 1972 has been acquired from England & Co by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, with the help of the museum’s Latin American Circle.
This work is the first in Vicuña’s series of paintings from the early 1970s, Heroes of the Revolution, in which she depicted important political figures of international and Latin American socialism: Karl Marx, Lenin, Fidel Castro, Salvador Allende, and Violeta Parra.
Vicuña wrote in 1972: “In order to exalt Marx, I wanted to associate him with ideas that dogmaticians consider way removed from him, such as eroticism, poetics, blues, jazz and rock, female and homosexual liberation and that I consider intrinsic to the revolution.”
Cecilia Vicuña’s painting of Violeta Parra acquired by Tate
We are pleased to announce Tate’s acquisition from England & Co of Cecilia Vicuña’s 1973 painting of the Chilean folk singer, poet, artist and social activist, Violeta Parra.
Paule Vézelay work acquired by Scottish Museum of Modern Art
Paule Vézelay’s Composition from 1933, a large pastel on canvas the artist produced in Paris in 1933, has been acquired by the Scottish Museum of Modern Art, Edinburgh. The following year, Vézelay was invited to join the group Abstraction-Création and exhibited in several significant pioneering exhibitions of non-figurative art in France, Italy and Holland and this work demonstrates her move away from the Surrealist influence of her former partner, André Masson, towards pure non-objectivity.
Paule Vézelay: Spotlight at Tate Britain
April – November 2017
Paule Vézelay is the subject of a Spotlight room display at Tate Britain curated by Inga Fraser with works from Tate’s collection and from Tate Archive, together with loans of works from private collections facilitated by England & Co, who represent the Estate of the artist.
Cecilia Vicuña: Read Thread – The Story of the Red Thread for documenta 14
Read Thread is published to coincide with Cecilia Vicuña’s installation in Athens for documenta 14, and tells the story of the sanguine thread in the artist’s work. From the 1970s to the present, Vicuña’s work has engaged with rituals involving red thread from Aboriginal Australia, South Africa, Paleolithic Europe, and pre-Columbian America. The Chilean artist’s performances, installations, paintings and drawings relate to the symbolic function of textile and language.
Read Thread documents Vicuña’s quipus – large-scale immersive installations of thread, wool and yarn that reference the pre-Columbian language of knotting, a type of weaving-as-writing. The book also includes poetic texts and narratives written by the artist especially for this project, as well as essays by documenta 14 curator Dieter Roelstraete and art historian José de Nordenflycht Concha.
Published by Sternberg Press, the book (148 pages) will be available, in English, in April 2017, at €22. ISBN 978-3-95679-322-6. Pre-order through the publisher’s website: sternberg-press.com
Cecilia Vicuña in documenta 14 – Athens and Kassel
April – July 2017
Quipu Womb (The Story of the Red Thread) is a monumental installation of Cecilia Vicuña’s new work for documenta 14 at EMST (National Museum of Contemporary Art) in Athens. Her work, both a Quipu and paintings, also feature in documenta’s exhibitions in Kassel.
John Dugger presents two Ergonic Workshops
As part of the series of events held during This Way out of England: Gallery House in Retrospect (9 February to 26 March 2017) at London’s Raven Row, American artist John Dugger gave two Ergonic Workshops over the weekend of 17-19 February. He demonstrated and discussed his Body Conductors (1969) and Perennials (1970) to reflect his participation in the significant 1972 trilogy of exhibitions curated at Gallery House by Rosetta Brooks, A Survey of the Avant-Garde in Britain.
Eduardo Kac: Inner Telescope and Space Poetry
Eduardo Kac’s latest work, Inner Telescope, will be realised in outer space by French astronaut Thomas Pesquet, who last week began a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station. Pesquet will fabricate Kac’s work in zero gravity from materials found in the space station. Inner Telescope will have no top, bottom, front or back. It will be “an instrument of observation and poetic reflection, which leads us to rethink our relationship with the world and our position in the universe.”
Kac also launches his artist’s book, Space Poetry, this week in Paris.
Cecilia Vicuña: ‘Embodied Absence’ at Harvard
27 October 2016–8 January 2017
The video Sol y Dar y Dad is one of the works by by Cecilia Vicuña featured in the exhibition Embodied Absence: Chilean Art of the 1970s currently at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA). The exhibition, which has already travelled to Chile, is curated by Liz Munsell and organised in collaboration with the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard.
Abbassy’s ‘Unravelling’ on tour with British Museum
The drawing Unravelling by Samira Abbassy, acquired from England & Co by the British Museum, is currently included in the Museum’s international touring exhibition The Human Image: Masterpieces of Figurative Art from the British Museum.