Birdsong, 13 July – 11 August 2023, London
“Timothy Taylor is pleased to present Birdsong, a group exhibition of works showcasing influential voices in contemporary British art, at the gallery’s London space. Spanning genres and generations, Birdsong presents an eclectic group of works by UK-based and British artists including Tomo Campbell, Daniel Crews-Chubb, Tracey Emin, Emma Fineman, Rowley Haynes, Sophie von Hellermann, Chantal Joffe, Idris Khan, Rachel Kneebone, Richard Long, Sahara Longe, Annie Morris, Richard Patterson, Andrew Pierre Hart, Paula Rego, Catherine Repko, Anne Rothenstein, Yinka Shonibare CBE, Antonia Showering, and Rachel Whiteread. This program supports The Royal Marsden, a world-leading cancer research centre and hospital in London.
Birdsong features over 25 works in various media from a diverse mix of established artists and rising talents, and includes several works from artists in the gallery’s program. With many pieces drawn directly from the artists’ studios, the exhibition creates a unique opportunity to explore new ideas and cultivate unique dialogues.
All profits from this exhibition will benefit The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity’s mission to cure Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for young people – supporting an institution where Taylor himself was treated for lymphoma as a young man. The exhibition’s title is inspired by the title of Sebastian Faulks’ book of the same name, evoking a symbol of hope and resilience in the face of mortality.
“My family has supported The Royal Marsden’s world-leading research efforts since my own experience with lymphoma. I have seen their passion first-hand, and I thank every participating artist for their generosity in supporting this cause. Birdsong embodies the joy that art can lend even in the most challenging circumstances.” – Timothy Taylor
About The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity
The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity raises money solely to support The Royal Marsden, a world-leading cancer hospital which opened its doors in 1851. It is a centre of excellence with an international reputation for groundbreaking research and pioneering the very latest in cancer treatments and technologies, as well as specialising in cancer diagnosis and education. Their mission is to make national and global contributions to cancer research and treatment.” - Images and text courtesy of Timothy Taylor Gallery
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“Timothy Taylor is pleased to announce Dreaming of Eden, a group show highlighting provocative works by female artists at the gallery’s New York space in Tribeca. The exhibition will include works by Alicia Adamerovich, Louise Bourgeois, Francesca DiMattio, Jenna Gribbon, Natalia Gonzalez-Martin, Tracey Emin, Emma Fineman, Karyn Lyons, Jesse Mockrin, Katy Stubbs, Hayal Pozanti, Antonia Showering, Kiki Smith, and Penny Slinger.
Curated around themes of transgression and escape, the exhibition’s wide range of imagery explores sexuality, violence, anarchy, and solitude. Many of these artists draw on botanical landscapes and mythological female characters to imagine a world of primal fears and longed-for freedoms, across media including painting, sculpture, collage, and works on paper. The works in Dreaming of Edenrecast female desire as an object of power: a dreamlike wilderness in which women are free to explore and embody their fears and wishes without restraint.
Louise Bourgeois was among the first contemporary artists to study the female body as a site of transformation and violence. Her work on paper Geometry of Pleasure 3 (2009) depicts abstract forms alluding to Victorian botanical drawings, while suggesting darker associations to the female genitalia: a Venus fly trap with a predatory edge. Kiki Smith’s tapestry Earth (2012) reconsiders the story of Eve’s seduction and corruption of the Garden of Eden, as a nude woman who confronts the viewer while confidently resting her hand on a snake.
While some artists explore such organic and natural forms, others exult in the ugliness or violence of fantasy realms. The sprawled nude figure of Tracey Emin’s Tight (2012) evokes a body that hurts and bleeds, but also seeks out its own sexual pleasure. Katy Stubb’s ceramic pot Bacchants (2023) is based on the Maenads of Greek mythology who, possessed by Dionysus, tore apart the unlucky men who spied on their worship.
These artworks make an escape from the rational, framed in perspectives ranging from the joyful to the unsettling. Together, vivid abstractions and outcast figures imply a desire for freedom and self-expression.”- text courtesy of Timothy Taylor
for more information check out Timothy Taylor’s website: https://www.timothytaylor.com/exhibitions/dreaming-of-eden/
I am showing my new work Girdled at MiArt in Milan with Huxley-Parlour gallery in booth A12. The VIP preview is Thursday 13th of April 2023 and the fair runs from April 14-16th
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