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Click to enlargeBERNAR VENET : LOOKING FORWARD: 1961-1984
Jun 8 - Jul 22, 2017
Blain|Southern is proud to present Bernar Venet’s first major solo exhibition in London since his 1975 solo presentation at the ICA. The exhibition will survey an important period of the artist’s career, presenting his seminal early works from the 1960’s until the early ‘80s. The French conceptual artist rose to prominence in the late Sixties through the avant-garde art scene in New York. He moved to the city in 1966 and was instrumental in developing the new radical propositions of conceptual art, alongside artists such as On Kawara, Lawrence Weiner, Joseph Kosuth, Art & Language and Robert Barry.

PLAYGROUND STRUCTURE
Aug 1 - Sep 16, 2017
The group exhibition Playground Structure takes its title from a 2008 photograph by Jeff Wall that depicts a climbing frame in a suburban park. The climbing frame is an invitation to play, and yet it also resembles an anonymous public artwork that might bring to mind a modernist grid or a constructivist sculpture. In the exhibition, Wall’s large-scale photograph will be exhibited with paintings from 1969 to the present day by Amy Feldman, Mary Heilmann, Rachel Howard, Jeremy Moon, Ed Moses, Joan Snyder, Daniel Sturgis and Dan Walsh. The exhibition invites viewers to imagine each painting as an open-ended ‘playground structure’, reconceiving the grid as a utopian space of freedom.
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