David/Jeffrey Thorp/Bligh
b1947

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Jeffrey Bligh was adopted shortly after birth. From then on he was known as David Thorp. He recently returned, as an artist, to his birth name.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

1978Do Not Go Into The Garden Of Flowers. Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, UK.
1980/81En-Prints. Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, UK.
1983Coming into Contact. Roundspace, Adelaide and Switchback Gallery, Gippsland Institute, Australia.
1984Echo. Heidi Art Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.
1985The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia.
2021The World Is a Beautiful Place. Mustafa Hulusi Posters, London.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1979Just What I Always Wanted. Oriel Gallery, Cardiff, Wales.
1981Artist in Focus. Morley Gallery. London.
1982Working Photography. Contemporary Art Society, Adelaide, Australia.
There at the Time. Roundspace, Adelaide, Australia.
1982/83Recent South Australian Sculpture. Art Gallery of South Australia, Australia.
1985Sculpture 85. World Trade Centre, Melbourne, Australia.
2021Ritual Nature. Flinders University Museum of Art, Adelaide, Australia.

INSTALLATIONS & PERFORMANCES

19706-PI, performance on the London Victoria Line with Marc Camille Chaimowicz.
1976Nights Made of Dreams of Other Nights. Parvenu, Newtown, Wales.
1977Je Suis Le Tenebreux. Parvenu, Newtown, Wales.
1978Smiling Faces Often Tell Lies, Wyeside Arts Centre. Builth Wells, Wales.
1979The Gladly Dead. School House, Van, Wales.
1982Broken Mornings. South Australian Workshop, Adelaide.
1983Front Room Mural. South Australian Workshop, Adelaide.

COLLECTIONS

Art Gallery of South Australia
Flinders University Museum of Art

CURATORIAL

2013-14Curatorial Advisor for UK-Russia Year of Culture, Calvert 22, London.
2012-13Modern Art Oxford, Interim Director.
Artes Mundi, Cardiff, Associate Director.
2009-11ICA, London, Interim Head of Programme.
Calvert 22, London, Associate Artistic Director.
2007-11Frank Cohen Collection, UK. Curator.
2007-09Royal Academy of Arts, London. Curator, GSK Contemporary.
2006-13Platform China, Beijing, China. Associate Curator.
2005-11Frieze Art Fair, London. Curator, Outdoor Sculpture Park.
2004-08PS1 MoMA, New York. International Adjunct Curator.
2001-05The Henry Moore Foundation. Curator of Contemporary Projects.
1992-2001South London Gallery, London. Director.
1982-92The Showroom, London. Director.
1984-86Adelaide Festival, Australia. Visual Arts Coordinator.

SELECTED CURATORIAL PROJECTS 2002-2021

2021New Viewings: Neha Choksi, A.K. Dolven, Mustafa Hulusi, Damien Roach. Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin.
2020Extrospection: Fiona Banner, Barry Flanagan, Toby Kidd, John Latham, Cally Spooner, Anne Tallentire. Pi Artworks, London.
Ants and Grasshoppers: Pavel Buchler, John Cage, John Latham, Sarah Lucas, Eva Koťátková. Flat Time House, London.
2016Potential Architecture. Art Systems Environment: Alexander Brodsky, Sean Griffiths, Edvine Larssen, Joar Nango, Apolonija Sustercic. Tromsø Kunstferening, Tromsø, Norway.
2015Eyes for Blowing Up Bridges. Joining the Dots from the Situationist International to Macolm McLaren. John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton.
Potential Architecture: Alexander Brodsky, Sean Griffiths, Joar Nango, Apolonija Sustercic. Ambika P3, London.
2014State of Denmark, Stuart Brisley. Modern Art Oxford.
Remix: David Blandy, A.K. Dolven, Richard Wilson, Jin Shan Xi Chaofei, Pei Li. Bury Sculpture Centre.
2013A Storyteller's Inadequacy, Eva Kotatkova. Modern Art Oxford.
2012Artes Mundi 5. National Museum of Wales, Cardiff.
Young London. V22, London.
Quarantania: Neha Choksi, Eva Kotátková, Taus Makhacheva. John Hansard Gallery, Southampton University.
2011Practice for Everyday Life, Young Artists from Russia: Julia Ivashinka, Sergey Ogurtsov, Anna Titova, Arseniy Zhilyaev, Alexander Ditmarov, Olga Bozhko, Taus Makhacheva. Calvert 22, London.
Field of Action, Moscow Conceptualism in Context. Calvert 22, London.
Frieze Sculpture Park: Des Hughes, Alicia Framis, Neha Choksi, Gimhongsok, Eva Koťátková, Gavin Turk, Thomas Houseago, Claudia Fontes, Tom Friedman, Will Ryman, Johan Creten, Kiki Smith. Frieze Art Fair, London.
Parallax, Terry Smith. John Hansard Gallery, Southampton University.
2010Facing East, Recent works from China, India and Japan: He An, Bharti Kher, Chen Lei, Yue Minjun, Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, Ravinder Reddy, Thukral and Tagra. Manchester Art Gallery.
Counterpoints: Lu Chunsheng and Jia Aili: New work by contemporary Chinese artists. Iniva, London.
Distance and Sensibility: Pavel Büchler, Ergin Çavusoglu, Margarita Gluzberg, Marysia Lewandowska, Lily Markiewicz. Calvert 22, London.
A.K. Dolven. Platform China, Beijing.
Olga Chernysheva. Calvert 22, London.
Zündkerze: Damien Roache, Mark S. Gubb, Helen Marten. Matthew Bown Galerie, Berlin.
Frieze Sculpture Park: Hans Peter Feldman, Ceal Floyer, Wolfgang Ganter and Kaj Aune, Sanchayan Ghosh, Jeppe Hein, Marie Lund, John Russell, Slavs and Tatars, Daniel Silver, Gavin Turk, Franz West. Frieze Art Fair, London.
Attitude: Dan Colen, Gerald Davis, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Dirk Skreber, Banks Violette. Frank Cohen Collection, Wolverhampton.
2009Past Future Perfect: Alexander Brodsky, Pavel Pepperstein, Haim Sokol, Leonid Tishkov, Stas Volyazlovsky. Calvert 22, London.
Passage to India Part II: Subodh Gupta, Jitish Kallat, Reena Saini Kallat, Jagannath Panda, T.V. Santhosh, Thukral and Tagra, Frank Cohen Collection, Wolverhampton.
Minimal Means, John M Armleder, Mathias Bengtsson, Dunne & Raby, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Olafur Eliasson, Gregor Hildebrandt, Sergej Jensen, Shiro Kuramata, Kenneth Noland, Richard Prince, Anselm Reyle, Rudolf Stingel, Katja Strunz and Lee Ufan. Frank Cohen Collection, Wolverhampton.
Frieze Sculpture Park: Zhan Wang, Maria Roossen, Eva Rothschild, Graham Hudson, Rémy Markowitsch, Andrea Nacciarriti, Paul McCarthy, Louise Bourgeois, Neha Choksi, Vanessa Billy, Teresa Margolles, Erwin Wurm. Frieze Art Fair, London.
2008Passage to India Part I: Krishnaraj Chonat, Atul Dodiya, Subodh Gupta, Bharti Kher, Jagannath Panda, Ravinder Reddy, Rashid Rana, Sundarshan Shetty, Tallur L.N. Frank Cohen Collection, Wolverhampton.
Spiteful of Dream: Jane and Louise Wilson. QUAD, Derby.
Lightness of Being-Charged Particles in Contemporary Art: Dan Attoe, Tracey Emin, Anselm Reyle, Jason Rhoades. Frank Cohen Collection, Wolverhampton.
Molten States: Olaf Nicolai, Rémy Markowitsch, Réne Pollesch, Julian Rosefeldt, Maya Roos.
Shallow: Malcolm McLaren.
Burroughs Live: William Burroughs and other artists including David Hockney, Franceso Clemente, Annie Liebowitz, Keith Haring, George Condo, Robert Mapplethorpe.
Dark Materials: Banks Violette, Hiyung Koo Lee, Jitish Kallat, TV Santosh.
GSK Contemporary. Royal Academy of Arts, London.
Frieze Sculpture Park: Liz Craft, Qiu Zhijie, Angela Ferreira, Ernesto Neto, Michael Sailstorfer, Robert Melee, Dan Graham, Michael Craig Martin, Sudarshan Shetty, Kishio Suga, Ugo Rondinone, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Shirazeh Houshiary & Pip Horne, Harland Miller, Supodh Gupta. Frieze Art Fair, London.
Outsiders: 15 post-graffiti artists. New Art Gallery, Walsall.
2007Design For Living: Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Fernando and Humberto Campana, Dexter Dalwood, Elmgreen and Dragset, Zaha Hadid, Sabine Hornig, Roger Kelly, Martin Kobe, Masakatsu Kondo, Ross Lovegrove, Nathaniel Mellors, Ian Monroe, Manfred Pernice, Tobias Rheberger, Carol Rhodes, Thomas Scheibitz, Frank Cohen Collection, Wolverhampton.
Abstraction, Extracting from the World: Haluk Akakce, David Batchelor, Martin Boyce, Mark Grotjahn, James Hutchinson, Mary Heilmann, Mustafa Hulusi, Oswaldo Macia, Bjorn Melhus, Sarah Morris, Rupert Norfolk, Ann Pibal, Maya Roos, Anselm Reyle, Juan Uslé, Nicole Wermers. Millennium Gallery, Sheffield,.
David Blandy, The Barefoot Lone Pilgrim. Platform China, Beijing.
Time Difference, New painting and sculpture from China and America: Terence Koh, Zeng Fanzhi, Matthew Day Jackson, Banks Violette, Xiao Bo, Zheng Guogu, Evan Holloway, Matt Johnson, Li Qing, Li Songsong, Feng Zhengjie, Liu Ye. Frank Cohen Collection, Wolverhampton.
Poetical Political: Kate Davis, Claire Fontaine, Olaf Nicolai, Jordan Wolfson. Simon Lee Gallery, London.
Julian Rosefeldt, The Perfectionist. Platform China, Beijing.
Unholy Truths: Dirk Bell, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Dan Colen, Till Gerhard, Matthew Greene, Mike Kelley, Terence Koh, Tallur L.N., Yue Minjun, Sudarshan Shetty, Andro Wekua, Douglas White. Frank Cohen Collection, Wolverhampton.
Frieze Sculpture Park: Jose Pedro Croft, Dias & Riedweg, Claes Oldenburg, Kader Attia, Brigette Kowanz, Bjoern Dahlem, Christian Jankowski, Marc Bijl, Gary Webb. Frieze Art Fair, London.
Artist to Artist International Scheme. Visiting Arts, London
2006Ugo Rondinone, Zero Built a Nest in my Navel. Whitechapel Gallery, London.
Richard Wilson, Queen and Gantry. New Commission, Storey Gallery, Lancaster.
The Thirteen. Chinese Video Now. PS1 MoMA, New York, travelling to Platform China, Beijing.
Richard Wilson, Butterfly. Platform China, Beijing.
Stephen Cox, Origins and Influences. Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.
Time Base and the Universe, John Latham. PS1 MoMA, New York.
Frieze Sculpture Park: Scoli Acosta, Tom Cleason, Peter Coffin, Richard Deacon, Berta Fischer, Sarah Lucas, Paul Morrison, Sam Samore, Roman Singer, Kenny Scharf, Vincent Taverne. Frieze Art Fair, London.
Lu Chunsheng, The History of Chemistry. Platform China, Beijing.
2005Faltering Flame. Aspects of Contemporary Art and the Human Condition, 20 British artists. Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield.
God Is Great: John Latham, Anish Kapoor, Douglas Gordon. Venice Biennale, Extra 50.
Ordering the Ordinary: Alighiero Boetti, Tara Donavan, Jimmie Durham, Isa Genzken, Robert Gober, Susan Hiller, Rebecca Horn, Richard Hughes, Jasper Johns, Ian Kiaer, Patrick Lakey, Rivane Neuenschwander, Fiona Rae, Damien Roach, Ed Ruscha, Jorge Sosa, Lawrence Wiener, Toby Ziegler. Timothy Taylor Gallery, London.
Crossing Borders: Josef Dabernig, Laila Pakainina, Hu Jie Ming, Adrian Paci, Jayne Parker. Berwick-upon-Tweed Film and Media Arts Festival, UK.
Frieze Sculpture Park: Nathan Coley, Alex Frost, Susan Hiller, Anish Kapoor, Mungo Thomson, Julian Opie, Atelier Van Lieshout, Franz West. Frieze Art Fair, London.
2004Privacy: Protoacademy with Olaf Nicolai. Edinburgh.
Wide Open Spaces: Cindy Sherman, Sherrie Levine, Robert Adams, L.A. Huffman and others. PS1 MoMA, New York.
2003The Segsbury Project: Simon Callery, Dover Castle and Storey Gallery, Lancaster, in collaboration with the Ruskin Laboratory.
Pieces of People, Gary Stevens. The Henry Moore Foundation.
Blockhead, Paul McCarthy. Tate Modern, London.
Stopover: Hilary Lloyd, Graham Gussin and Richard Woods. Venice Biennale, Extra 50.
Asylum: Julian Rosefeldt, Atlantis, London; touring to Baltic, Gateshead and Spike Island, Bristol.
2002Liverpool Biennial, six new commissions: Remy Markowitsch and Michael Lin; Barry McGee; Todd James; Steven Powers; Robert Wogan; Christine Hill.