Tacita Dean: PORTRAIT

Past exhibition archive
15 March - 28 May 2018

Wolfson and Lerner Galleries


Portraits, 2016 by Tacita Dean 16mm colour film, optical sound, 16 minutes, continuous loop. Location photograph by Matthew Hale Courtesy the artist; Frith Street Gallery, London and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York/Paris

Tacita Dean: PORTRAIT was the first exhibition in the Gallery’s history to be devoted to the medium of film and reveals the artist’s own longstanding and personal interest in portraiture as a genre. The works on display included Dean’s 16 mm films of influential figures such as her major six-screen installation with Merce Cunningham in Merce Cunningham performs STILLNESS… (six performances, six films) (2008), alongside her film of Claes Oldenburg in Manhattan Mouse Museum (2011) and her film diptych of Julie Mehretu GDGDA (2011), all previously unseen in the UK, as well as Mario Merz (2002), Michael Hamburger (2007), Cy Twombly in Edwin Parker (2011), and David Hockney in Portraits (2016). Also on show for the first time in the UK were two photographic works: GAETA (fifty photographs plus one)(2015) taken in the studio of Cy Twombly and The Line of Fate (2011) of the art historian Leo Steinberg. Dean also made two new film works for the exhibition, Providence (2017), a portrait of David Warner with hummingbirds, and His Picture in Little (2017), a film in miniature also featuring Stephen Dillane and Ben Whishaw, made specifically for presentation within the Gallery’s permanent Collection.

This exhibition was part of an unprecedented collaboration with the Royal Academy of Arts : LANDSCAPE and the National Gallery: STILL LIFE. The three exhibitions were shaped by Dean’s response to the individual character of each institution and explore genres traditionally associated with painting.

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Supported by the Tacita Dean: PORTRAIT Exhibition Circle