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b. 1967, Israel

Tal R Biography

While working with collage, sculpture, print, installation and even furniture, Tal R is best known for his large-scale paintings laden with geometric patterns and erotic scenes that evoke the works of early-20th-century Western modernist painters.

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Having been born to a Danish mother and Jewish-Czechoslovakian father in Tel Aviv, and raised in Denmark, the artist has a sense of not fully belonging to any place. He derives inspiration from eclectic sources that range from the historical to the contemporary, figurative to abstract, and from high to low culture. His early paintings and collages are characterised by their square dimensions and the division of the pictorial space into three horizontal bands, each committed to a different motif. The top band records the range of colours he used to paint each work, while the middle part depicts scenes, such as a gathering of figures, as seen in New Quarter (2003). The bottom band is usually painted in a single colour with specks of paint over it. In collages such as Lords of Kolbojnik (2002-3), in which the myriad of images of animals, masks, patterns and anonymous individuals frame the rays of colours, the uppermost part is left blank.

Around 2014, Tal R began painting with a mixture of pigments and rabbit skin glue to produce the glowing intensity that has come to define his work. Sexuality is a recurring theme in these paintings, as explored in the solo exhibition Altstadt Girl at New York's Cheim & Read in 2015. Tal R's take on the traditional genre of the female nude evoked the works of early modernist painters. Train Driver's Daughter (2014), for example, summons to mind Matisse's idyllic nudes surrounded by decorative and pigmented patterns.

In his paintings of the female figure, Tal R also captures a sense of awkwardness, resulting from his tenuous relationship with his models. Whitewall reported that while giving a press tour of Altstadt Girl, the artist explained that he chose to work with the embarrassment of convincing strangers to sit for him because he felt the disconnection from his subjects best allowed him to process the information he had been given—namely their physical appearances and private environments. ET (2014) was the only painting in Altstadt Girl to portray someone he knew well—his wife—and posed the most difficulty, which he resolved by tightly cropping her profile and blocking the background in solid red, eliminating any clues about her identity.

Tal R continues to maintain the position of the outsider in his oeuvre, withholding information about his subjects from his viewers. In Keyhole—his 2017 solo exhibition at Cheim & Read—he presented a series of drawings and paintings depicting the facades of shops in the red light districts of different cities that he had photographed personally or had received photographs of from his friends. Erotic references pervade these works, such as the oversized keyhole that suggests female genitalia in Keyhole, or the phallic lamppost erected before a sex club in Sex Palace (both works 2016). Unlike his previous paintings of the female nude, however, the sex shop paintings are devoid of figures and offer little or no view beyond the doors, deriving from Tal R's interest in facades, secrets and fantasies.

The concern with the human body also extends to Tal R's sculptures. The glazed ceramic sculptures in his 'Egyptian Boy' series (2010-13), for instance, each depict deconstructed and abstracted body parts as implied in titles such as Hips Penis or Torso and Neck. For his 2015 solo exhibition at London's Victoria Miro, titled Chimney school of sculpture, Tal R employed raku firing—a traditional Japanese technique that removes pieces from the kiln while they are still hot—to create a series of warping ceramics with a suggestion of anthropomorphic features. The same show also included his handmade sofas or 'opium sbeds', made from Scandinavian rugs and intended for gallery visitors to sit on and examine the raku works from different angles.

Tal R graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen in 2000 and taught as a professor at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf between 2005 and 2014. His work has been exhibited internationally including at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (2018); Victoria Miro, London (2017, 2015); Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk (2007); and Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv (2018, 2015, 2011), and is in the collections of ARoS Aarhus Art Museum; Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York; Magasin III, Stockholm; Saatchi Gallery, London; and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, among others. In 2017, his first museum retrospective Academy of Tal R was organised by Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam.

Tal R lives and works in Copenhagen.

Sherry Paik | Ocula | 2018

Tal R Featured Artworks

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Superway by Tal R contemporary artwork
Tal RSuperway, 2004Oil on canvas
200 x 200 cm
Gary Tatintsian Gallery Enquire about this work
Melon by Tal R contemporary artwork
Tal RMelon, 2005Aluminium
72 x 47.5 x 34 cm
Gary Tatintsian Gallery Enquire about this work
punta de chroores by Tal R contemporary artwork
Tal Rpunta de chroores, 2006Oil and pins on cardboard, wood, artist made frame
103.5 x 103.5 x 5 cm
Victoria Miro Enquire about this work
Face by Tal R contemporary artwork
Tal RFace, 2010–2013Glazed ceramic
42 x 22 x 18 cm
Victoria Miro Enquire about this work
HOLUNDER by Tal R contemporary artwork
Tal RHOLUNDER, 2011Woodcut
112 x 66 cm
Cheim & Read Enquire about this work
MAN ON ANIMAL by Tal R contemporary artwork
Tal RMAN ON ANIMAL, 2011Woodcut
75 x 57 cm
Cheim & Read Enquire about this work
STUE by Tal R contemporary artwork
Tal RSTUE, 2011Woodcut and etching
56.5 x 714.2 cm
Cheim & Read Enquire about this work
Peep show by Tal R contemporary artwork
Tal RPeep show, 2017Pigment and rabbit glue on canvas
200 x 172 cm
Victoria Miro Enquire about this work

Tal R Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Christian Holstad, Grayson Perry, Tal R, Betty Woodman at Victoria Miro, Venice
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26 January–18 April 2019 Group Exhibition Christian Holstad, Grayson Perry, Tal R, Betty Woodman Victoria Miro, Venice
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Asger Jorn, Per Kirkeby, Tal R at Victoria Miro, London
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23 January–23 March 2019 Group Exhibition Asger Jorn, Per Kirkeby, Tal R Victoria Miro, Mayfair, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Tal R, Sexshops at Victoria Miro, London
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20 September–20 December 2017 Tal R Sexshops Victoria Miro, Wharf Road, London

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Tal R In Related Press

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The Shows to See in Copenhagen During Chart Related Press The Shows to See in Copenhagen During Chart 29 August 2019, Frieze

Danish collective SUPERFLEX follow Jeppe Hein in the creation of an installation in the moist, dark recesses of Copenhagen's fascinating former cisterns. 'It is not the end of the world', invites the viewer to enter a dystopian future set in a climate-ravaged city. Waterproof footwear is obligatory to enter the space and can be borrowed on site....

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‘Over the years you get closer to those things you call impossible’ – an interview with Tal R Related Press ‘Over the years you get closer to those things you call impossible’ – an interview with Tal R 1 July 2019, Apollo

As the Danish artist Tal R heads to the British coast for the summer, with an exhibition at Hastings Contemporary, he talks to Apollo about the impulse that drives his paintings – and how he has always been drawn to the sea With the more recent works in this show, you've turned to a domestic setting, and to nudes and still lifes. How did this...

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Tal R Guilty Pleasures Related Press Tal R Guilty Pleasures 20 December 2018, ArtReview

It's not often that you hear 'pleasure' mentioned in the context of contemporary art these days. Somehow, in these times of refugee crises, the rise of various forms of radical nationalism, the discourse of politics degenerating into an exchange of insults, the natural environment becoming less and less natural, if not gradually destroyed, and the...

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Tal R’s Playfully Skewed Art History Related Press Tal R’s Playfully Skewed Art History 3 November 2018, Hyperallergic

PHILADELPHIA — Tal R's current exhibition, The Minute , at the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery gave me a headache. Throughout the show there are works that hang vertically, when it seems they should hang horizontally. It felt like strings were being pulled taut upwardly from my brow. Promenade (2014), the first painting one sees when entering...

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Tal R In Video & Audio

TAL R : Related Video & Audio TAL R : 17 December 2017, Louisiana Channel

Shortly before he turned fifty, we had the unique pleasure of spending six months with Danish artist Tal R, while he was in the process of making his grand series of nine enormous railcar-paintings, 'Habakuk'. Watch the intimate and biographical film. A film by: Kasper Bech Dyg and Marc-Christoph WagnerCamera: Klaus Elmer Additional footage:...

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INTERVIEW Academy of Tal R Related Video & Audio INTERVIEW Academy of Tal R 14 November 2017, Elephant

Academy of Tal R is the Israeli-born artist's largest exhibition to date, recently moving from Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam. Tal R is also currently showing Sexshops at Victoria Miro in London. Here, the decidedly anti-academic artist discusses moving sculptures, keyholes and broken...

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Tal R: Painting is like Free Falling Related Video & Audio Tal R: Painting is like Free Falling 27 March 2017, Louisiana Channel

'Art is the only place I can bear disappointment,' says Danish artist Tal R, who paints sex shops and dreams of making a clay pigeon fly. Meet one of Denmark's leading painters in this engaging and humorous interview on the nature of art. Tal R was interviewed by Martin Krasnik at the Art Alive festival at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art...

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Tal R on Daniel Richter, Daniel Richter on Tal R Related Video & Audio Tal R on Daniel Richter, Daniel Richter on Tal R 21 January 2013, Louisiana Channel

'We don't get inspired by each other, we steal from each other'. See what happens when you put two artists, who are also friends, together and get them to comment on each other's paintings. Music by: Mulatu Astatke. Produced by: Martin Kogi and Christian Lund Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

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