Category: News - Published: 2015-07-23

From artist experiments in technology with Electronic Superhighway to a brand new commission by Heather Phillipson – here’s what you can look forward to at the Whitechapel Gallery in 2016.

 

Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, England. Architects: Charles Harrison Townsend

 

Major Exhibitions

Lynn Hershman Leeson, Seduction of a Cyborg (1994) © Lynn Hershman Leeson.

 

Lynn Hershman Leeson, Seduction of a Cyborg (1994) © Lynn Hershman Leeson.Electronic Superhighway: From Experiments in Art and Technology to Art After the Internet 
29 January – 15 May 2016

Opening in January – a major exhibition showing the impact of computer and networked technologies on artists from the mid-1960s to the present day, including new and rarely seen multimedia works, film, painting, sculpture, photography and drawing. Featuring over 30 artists including Cory Arcangel, Roy Ascott, Judith Barry, James Bridle, Constant Dullaart, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Vera Molnar, Trevor Paglen, Nam June Paik, Ryan Trecartin and Ulla Wiggen.

 

Mary Heilmann, Taste of Honey (2011), Oil on canvas, 30.25 x 24 in, © Mary Heilmann, Photo credit: Thomas Müller, Image courtesy of the artist, 303 Gallery, New York and Hauser & Wirth.

Mary Heilmann, Taste of Honey (2011), Oil on canvas, 30.25 x 24 in, © Mary Heilmann, Photo credit: Thomas Müller, Image courtesy of the artist, 303 Gallery, New York and Hauser & Wirth.

Mary Heilmann
8 June – 21 August 2016

A solo presentation of influential New York-based artist Mary Heilmann. Born in California in 1940, Heilmann studied ceramics and poetry before moving to New York in 1968 and taking up painting. Her vibrantly coloured, abstract canvases reference popular culture, particular places and personal experiences with a good dose of humour.

 

William Kentridge, Remembering the Treason Trial (2013), Courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery, © William Kentridge.

 

William Kentridge, Remembering the Treason Trial (2013), Courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery, © William Kentridge.William Kentridge
21 September 2016 – 15 January 2017

A presentation of recent work by artist William Kentridge. The son of two liberal lawyers, Kentridge grew up in apartheid South Africa. As a draughtsman, Kentridge repeatedly erases and reworks his charcoal drawings to create stop-animation films. We’ll present a series of his large-scale installations that fuse both elements.

 

Opening up rarely seen collections

Kadhim Hayder, Fatigued Ten Horses Converse with Nothing (The Martyrs Epic), (1965), Oil on canvas, 95 x 130 x 3.5 cm, Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah.

Kadhim Hayder, Fatigued Ten Horses Converse with Nothing (The Martyrs Epic), (1965), Oil on canvas, 95 x 130 x 3.5 cm, Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah.

Barjeel Art Foundation collection
September 2015 – 8 January 2017, Gallery 7

We’re presenting the first history of Arab modern and contemporary art in the UK through a year-long series of special displays drawn from the Barjeel Art Foundation collection. The displays will include over 100 works of art by 60 artists from Algeria, Palestine, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon and elsewhere.

 

New artist commissions
      

Heather Phillipson, immediately and for a short time balloons weapons too-tight clothing worries of all kinds, installation view at Bunker259, New York, 2014.

Heather Phillipson, immediately and for a short time balloons weapons too-tight clothing worries of all kinds, installation view at Bunker259, New York, 2014.

Heather Phillipson
12 February 2016 – 17 April 2016

Artist and award-winning poet Heather Phillipson will create a new installation reflecting on her time as the Gallery’s Writer in Residence in 2015. Through video, music, sculpture and live and recorded speech, Phillipson’s work turns the heart into a mass produced machine, a hybrid between the digital and the biological.

 

Writer in Residence

Felix Melia, Lamassu Flats (2014), video still. Courtesy of the Artist.

Felix Melia, Lamassu Flats (2014), video still. Courtesy of the Artist.

Felix Melia
January – June 2016

London-based artist Felix Melia becomes the Gallery’s Writer in Residence. Melia infuses his works of art with narrative, creating films and installations that layer experiences of urban landscapes. From January 2016 the artist will investigate writing, reading and listening through a series of performances, talks and events.

 


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