I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...
The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...
The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...
For the summer season, Timothy Taylor is pleased to announce A New Way of Walking, a group exhibition featuring works by 15 artists across both the London and New York gallery spaces.
In the 1950's, the theorist Guy Debord defined the term psychogeography to represent 'the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior of individuals.'1 Bringing together an eclectic mix of 29 works across a variety of media, this exhibition examines the intersecting area between psychology and geography.
There is an element of chance, discovery and adventure involved in Debord's structure for psychogeography-the notion that even the most familiar of places still withhold surprises, the uncovering of which offers a greater understanding of personal ontologies. A number of published psychogeographical games called on participants to intervene on their regular journeys, or new navigations, by altering the prescribed route or transposing maps from different regions. The resulting disruptions were intended to facilitate an 'insubordination to habitual influences'1, in turn allowing for a liberating sense of discovery.
The process of navigating through an environment offers a variety of outcomes and responses. For the artists featured in A New Way of Walking, there are a number of different enquiries at play; an attempt to understand the infinite in nature (Celmins, Smith); awareness through applied materiality (Shiraga, Martinez, Hüller); alchemical application of quotidian materials and objects (de la Mora, Meckseper, Tàpies, Prince); using a reduced figurative language to transmit psychological states (Dubuffet, Guston). Underlying each of these approaches is a paramount investigation into the metaphysics of individual existence, specifically in relation to the macrocosm.
1 - Guy-Ernest Debord, Introduction to a Critique of Urban Geography, 1955
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