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Truth, Dare, Double-Dare... press release

Press release relating to an exhibition, 1994
Published by: Ikon Gallery
Year published: 1994
Unpaginated.

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Ikon Gallery press release for Truth, Dare, Double-Dare… Rose Finn-Felcey and Donald G Rodney. 4 June - 15 July 1994.

Text as follows: “Rose Finn-Kelcey is well known in Britain and abroad for installations which explore the material and spiritual limits of our environment. For the new installation at Ikon Gallery, she has collaborated with artist Donald Rodney, who has contributed work to a number of major exhibitions - including “Trophies of Empire“ - that deal with the themes of race and sexual politics.Truth, Dare, Double-Dare… brings a major installation by each of the artists together with a poignant new collabortative work. Rose Finn-Kelcey’s The Royal Box - a remarkable, bone-chilling room of ice - invites viewers to experience art in an unexpectedly physical way. Donald G Rodney’s Visceral Canker uses the coats of arms of Sir John Hawkins and Queen Elizabeth 1, bound together by a tube of the artist’s blood, to explore issues of heredity and slavery. From these two distinctive approaches, the artists have embarked on a daring joint venture. The resulting sound installation is a raw and compelling exploration of the intense and often painful process of collaboration. A pair of disembodied voices fill the gallery space. Intrigued, the visitor stops to catch the meaning, only to be caught up, like an inadvertent (but willing) eavesdropper, in the tantalzingly poersonal exchange.”

Contact and gallery details follow.

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»  Donald Rodney

Born, 1961 in Birmingham, England. Died, 1998

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»  Truth, Dare, Double-Dare...

Collaboration at Ikon Gallery. 1994

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»  Ikon Gallery

Birmingham, United Kingdom

Maud Sulter | Hysteria

Invite relating to an exhibition, 1991
Published by: Ikon Gallery
Year published: 1991
Unpaginated.

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A5 plain card single sided printed invitation/Green text/produced by the gallery for an exhibition

Ikon Gallery: 9 November - 21 December 1991, Maud Sulter: Hysteria, Hysteria’s story in images and music
subtitle: A Brewery Arts Centre touring exhibition - made during a Momart Fellowship Residency at Tate Gallery, Liverpool. You and your friends are invited to attend the preview on Friday 8 November, 6 - 8pm.”

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»  Maud Sulter

Born, 1960 in Glasgow, Scotland. Died, 2008

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»  Brewery Arts Centre

Kendal, United Kingdom

»  Darlington Art Gallery

Darlington, United Kingdom

»  Ikon Gallery

Birmingham, United Kingdom

»  Rochdale Art Gallery

Rochdale, United Kingdom

»  Royal Festival Hall

London, United Kingdom

Hysteria | Maud Sulter

Exhibition guide relating to an exhibition, 1991
Published by: Ikon Gallery
Year published: 1991
Unpaginated.

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A4 landscape/folded sheet/double sided black and white printed text

On front: Ikon Gallery: 9 November - 21 December 1991, Hysteria, Maud Sulter

Inside page: A text written by Richard Gagola, Education Officer at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham “Hysteria is a story of a blackwoman artist who travelled from America to seek fame and fortune as a sculptor in Rome in the 19th century. It is a fictional tale based on fragments of the true life story of Edmonia Lewis, a sucessful artist who lived and worked around this period.“ Maud Sulter has tapped into something we all do much of the time: creating scenarios and stories in our minds, into which we project ourselves as heroes and heroines, victims and champions. However, in Eurocentric culture, dominated by the values and representations of white patriarchy which provides roles for other people in its terms, where are representations of strong, creative black women?”

Back cover: “Translations: Temporis Filia Veritas - Truth is the Daughter of Time; Il Tre Parche - The Three Graces: Hope, Faith and Charity In the exhibition, Hope and Faith are translated as Ma, which is Ghanaian for doubt. Charity is Caritas, which in latin means high regard, love accompanied by esteem. Inverno, Primavera, Estate and Autunno - Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn.”

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»  Maud Sulter

Born, 1960 in Glasgow, Scotland. Died, 2008

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»  Brewery Arts Centre

Kendal, United Kingdom

»  Darlington Art Gallery

Darlington, United Kingdom

»  Ikon Gallery

Birmingham, United Kingdom

»  Rochdale Art Gallery

Rochdale, United Kingdom

»  Royal Festival Hall

London, United Kingdom

Ikon Gallery | September - December 1991

Brochure relating to an exhibition, 1991
Published by: Ikon Gallery
Year published: 1991
Unpaginated.

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Fold out colour double sided printed leaflet/gallery programme

From the front cover: Ikon Gallery: September - December 1991 Adrian Piper; Hysteria; The Secret Life of Objects. Cover image: Adrian Piper, Aspects of Liberal Dilema, 1978 (detail). The first 3 sections are dedicated to Adrian Piper’s exhibition.

On the reverse side there is a section for: HysteriaMaud Sulter, 9 November - 21 December 1991. From the brief description: “Hysteria was a nineteenth century Black female artist who travelled to Europe from the Americas to seek fame and fortune. Maud Sulter tells Hysteria’s story in images and music using large-scale photoworks and plaques to depict specific moments in her travels.“ The description is accompanied by an image: Maud Sulter, Hysteria (detail)

There are 2 sections dedicated to Events and Artists’ Talks: Thursday 5 December 6.30 - 8pm “Exhibiting artist Maud Sulter talks about her work and the tradition of Blackwomwen’s creativity. In addition to the above events, there are opportunties for schools to have guided tours and workshops during the exhibitions.“

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»  Maud Sulter

Born, 1960 in Glasgow, Scotland. Died, 2008

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»  Brewery Arts Centre

Kendal, United Kingdom

»  Darlington Art Gallery

Darlington, United Kingdom

»  Ikon Gallery

Birmingham, United Kingdom

»  Rochdale Art Gallery

Rochdale, United Kingdom

»  Royal Festival Hall

London, United Kingdom

Information | Hysteria

Press release relating to an exhibition, 1991
Published by: Ikon Gallery
Year published: 1991
Unpaginated.

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A4 printed single side sheet/colour typed text/Press release produced by Ikon Gallery

Title: Hysteria,  9 November - 21 December 1991

“An ambitious new installation by Blackwoman artist Maud Sulter, using large scale photoworks, plaques and original music. Hysteria is a character created by Maud Sulter who drew her inspiration from the life of Edmonia Lewis; a 19th Century Blackwoman artist and highly successful sculptor in Rome. The exhibition is listed to contain: Largescale photographs of the players in the tale, and of still-life tableaux; inscribed marbles tablets; Original musical accompaniment. For further details and press photos please ring Jane Spence on 021 643 0708.”

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»  Maud Sulter

Born, 1960 in Glasgow, Scotland. Died, 2008

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»  Brewery Arts Centre

Kendal, United Kingdom

»  Darlington Art Gallery

Darlington, United Kingdom

»  Ikon Gallery

Birmingham, United Kingdom

»  Rochdale Art Gallery

Rochdale, United Kingdom

»  Royal Festival Hall

London, United Kingdom

A Ship Called Jesus

Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 1991
Published by: Ikon Gallery
Year published: 1991
ISBN: ISBN 0 907594 33 6
Unpaginated.

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A4 sized catalogue approximately 40 pages 2 colour print/produced to accompany an exhibition

Title: Keith Piper - A Ship Called Jesus
Source: Ikon Gallery,Birmingham, 17 January - 23 February 1991. Catalogue published by Ikon Gallery in January 1991 © Ikon Gallery and the authors. Photographs by Keith Piper and Spring Heel Jack; Designed by Arefin and Arefin, London; Typeset by I.R; Image set by Quest; printed in England.

Contents:
Keith Piper - Some thoughts on a portrait of an artist by David A. Bailey
Black Art / Black Church
: an introduction by Keith Piper
(Then the following texts that accompany the exhibition)
I. The Ghosts of Christendom
II. The Rites of Passage
III. The Fire Next Time
The final page contains a short text from Elizabeth A. Macgregor

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»  David A. Bailey MBE

Born, 1961 in UK

»  Keith Piper

Born, 1960 in Malta

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»  Ikon Gallery

Birmingham, United Kingdom

Permindar Kaur| Cold Comfort - Ikon Gallery brochure

Brochure relating to an exhibition, 1996
Published by: Ikon Gallery
Year published: 1996
Unpaginated.

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5 panel fold out double sided colour brochure/programme/Gallery guide: Ikon Gallery, May - June 1996

Promotes the exhibition: Cold Comfort - newly commissioned and recent work by Permindar Kaur (cover also contains an image of the installation of Cold Comfort). Inside panel contains: Cold Comfort - Newly commissioned and recent work by Permindar Kaur: 18 May - 22 June, Part I, Ikon Gallery, 25 May - 29 June, Part II, Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry. “Permindar Kaur was included in the recent British Art Show, a major exhibition organised every five years to highlight the most exciting trends in British Art. This is the first solo show of her work in Britain.” Inner panel also contains a photograph: Permindar Kaur, Untitled, 1994

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»  Permindar Kaur

Born, 1965 in Nottingham, England

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»  Cold Comfort Part I

Solo show at Ikon Gallery. 1996

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»  Ikon Gallery

Birmingham, United Kingdom

Permindar Kaur

Postcard relating to an exhibition, 1996
Published by: Ikon Gallery
Year published: 1996
Unpaginated.

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Postcard - colour double sided/text and image

Permindar Kaur b.1965. Image: Tower/wood and satin © Permindar Kaur 1996. Reverse side contains a sticker with an address in London for Permindar Kaur. Image relates to the exhibition Cold Comfort.

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»  Permindar Kaur

Born, 1965 in Nottingham, England

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»  Cold Comfort

Solo show at The Bluecoat Gallery. 1996

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»  The Bluecoat Gallery

Liverpool, United Kingdom

Permindar Kaur

Postcard relating to an exhibition, 1996
Published by: Ikon Gallery
Year published: 1996
Unpaginated.

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Postcard - colour double sided / text and image

Permindar Kaur b.1965. Image: Untitled, Fabric & Copper 120 x 60 x 20 cms. © Permindar Kaur 1996. Reverse side contains a sticker with an address in London for Permindar Kaur. Image relates to the exhibition Cold Comfort.

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»  Permindar Kaur

Born, 1965 in Nottingham, England

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»  Cold Comfort

Solo show at The Bluecoat Gallery. 1996

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»  The Bluecoat Gallery

Liverpool, United Kingdom

Disrupted Borders - Ikon Gallery invite card

Invite relating to an exhibition, 1994
Published by: IKON Gallery
Year published: 1994
Unpaginated.

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Single sheet A5 landscape/red text on plain white card, no image/Invitation produced by IKON Gallery to announce the preview of an exhibition

Title: Disrupted Borders, 12 April - 21 May 1994, IKON Gallery, Birmingham

Artists : Shahidul Alam, Emily Anderson, Monica Baker, Karl Beveridge, Sutapa Biswas, Kaucylia Brooke, Sheba Chhachhi, Carol Condé, Darrel Ellis, Jamelie Hassan, Doug Ischar, Jorma Puranen, Samena Rana, Renée Tobe, Millie Wilson. Text as follows: “An OVA/INIVA touring exhibition in collaboration with the Arnolfini and The Photographers’ Gallery. The exhibition will be opened by Gilane Tawadros, Director of INIVA. You and your friends are invited to attend the pivate view on Friday, 15th April from 6-8pm.”

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»  Samena Rana

Born, 1958 in Lahore, Pakistan. Died, 1992

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»  Arnolfini

Bristol, United Kingdom

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Birmingham, United Kingdom

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London, United Kingdom

Disrupted Borders - Ikon Gallery press release

Press release relating to an exhibition, 1994
Published by: IKON Gallery
Year published: 1994
Unpaginated.

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Single sheet A4 portrait/Original copy black and red printed text on IKON Gallery headed paper/Press release by the gallery to announce an upcoming exhibition

Title: Disrupted Borders
Artists: Shahidul Alum, Emily Anderson, Monika Baker, Karl Beveridge, Sutapa Biswas, Kaucyila Brooke, Sheba Chhachhi, Carol Condé, Darrel Ellis, Jamelie Hassan, Doug Ischar, Jorma Puraren, Samena Rana, Renée Tobe, Millie Wilson
12 April - 21 May 1994

An extract from the text: “Disrupted Borders is a story about journeys, where artists cross a cultural landscape with the aim of bridging the enormous gaps in our social and economic worlds. The selection of works in Disrupted Borders reflects a diversity of theme, views and backgrounds; it attempts to engage the audience in a debate away from the European rhetoric of modernism, towards a plurality of art-making practices.”

 

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»  Shahidul Alam

Born, 1955 in Dhaka, Bangladesh

»  Sheba Chhachhi

Born, 1958 in Harare, Ethiopia

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»  Arnolfini

Bristol, United Kingdom

»  Ikon Gallery

Birmingham, United Kingdom

»  The Photographers’ Gallery

London, United Kingdom

IKON Gallery | April - May 1994

Gallery Listings relating to an exhibition, 1994
Published by: IKON Gallery
Year published: 1994
Unpaginated.

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A4 landscape/full colour double sided printed pamphlet folded into 3 panels/Exhibition listings produced by IKON Gallery/April - May 1994.

Cover contains an image from the exhibition Disrupted Borders with the credit: “Carol Condé and Karl Beveridge, Free Expression (detail) 1989.” Inside panel gives further detail of the exhibition and lists the participating artists: Shahidul Alum, Emily Anderson, Monika Baker, Karl Beveridge, Sutapa Biswas, Kaucyila Brooke, Sheba Chhachhi, Carol Condé, Darrel Ellis, Jamelie Hassan, Doug Ischar, Jorma Puraren, Samena Rana, Renée Tobe, Millie Wilson. 12 April - 21 May 1994.

An extract from the text: “Disrupted Borders charts numerous remarkable journeys across cultural, social and economic divides.The artists use a variety of photographic techniques - from documentary style prints to vividly coloured montages - in order to challenge the racial, sexual or political boudaries which have been set between themselves and others.” There is a small photographic reproduction on the page with the following credits: Emily Anderson and Renée Tobe, Bloody Flux Cured. There was an event on Thursday 5 May, 6.30 - 8pm - Artists Monika Baker, Emily Anderson and Renée Tobe discuss the issues raised by their work in Disrupted Borders.

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»  Shahidul Alam

Born, 1955 in Dhaka, Bangladesh

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»  Arnolfini

Bristol, United Kingdom

»  Ikon Gallery

Birmingham, United Kingdom

»  The Photographers’ Gallery

London, United Kingdom

Keith Piper | A Ship Called Jesus

Solo show at Ikon Gallery 1991
Date: 17 January, 1991 until 23 February, 1991
Curator: Elizabeth A. Macgregor
Organiser: Ikon Gallery

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Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 1991

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»  A Ship Called Jesus - Reviewed by Sonia Boyce

Article relating to an exhibition, 1991

People in this exhibition

»  Keith Piper

Born, 1960 in Malta

Exhibition venues

»  Ikon Gallery

Birmingham, United Kingdom

Ikon Gallery

Birmingham, United Kingdom
Official website: Ikon Gallery

Ikon Gallery is dedicated to exhibiting contemportary art and is the largest gallery in Birmingham, England’s second city. Before moving to its present location (the decommissioned Oozells Street School) the gallery was located at 58-72 John Bright Street, in Birmingham city centre.

It was the venue for At Home with Vanley Burke, by far one of the most intriguing exhibitions to take place in recent years. It featured the bulk, if not the entirety, of the contents of Vanley Burke’s Birmingham flat being relocated and reinstalled in the Ikon Gallery. The exhibition’s dates were 22 July - 27 Sepember 2015.

From the catalogue Foreword, by Jonathan Watkins, Director:

“Burke’s archive is partly in storage at the Library of Birmingham, but most of it is to be found in his flat near Birmingham’s city centre, in filing cabinets or boxes or on display. It is an extraordinary interior, a cabinet of wonderful curiosities. This is an exhibition, more or less, of its entire contents – the archive with artworks and souvenirs, as well as decor and furniture, wardrobe, kitchenware et cetera – so that the artist is revealed as a subject of his own enquiry.”

The exhibition came with a fascinating catalogue, extensively illustrated and with texts by Pete James, Curator of Photographs at the Library of Birmingham, and artist/curator Marlene Smith.

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click to show details of Permindar Kaur | Cold Comfort - catalogue

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Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 1996

click to show details of Permindar Kaur| Cold Comfort - Ikon Gallery brochure

»  Permindar Kaur| Cold Comfort - Ikon Gallery brochure

Brochure relating to an exhibition, 1996

click to show details of Permindar Kaur | Cold Comfort - Ikon Gallery invitation

»  Permindar Kaur | Cold Comfort - Ikon Gallery invitation

Invite relating to an exhibition, 1996

click to show details of Permindar Kaur | Cold Comfort - Ikon Gallery press release

»  Permindar Kaur | Cold Comfort - Ikon Gallery press release

Press release relating to an exhibition, 1996

click to show details of Permindar Kaur | Cold Comfort - Mead Gallery exhibition guide

»  Permindar Kaur | Cold Comfort - Mead Gallery exhibition guide

Exhibition guide relating to an exhibition, 1996

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»  Cold Comfort Part I

Solo show at Ikon Gallery. 1996

»  Searchlight

Group show at Ikon Gallery. 1989

»  Truth, Dare, Double-Dare...

Collaboration at Ikon Gallery. 1994

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»  Permindar Kaur

Born, 1965 in Nottingham, England

»  Donald Rodney

Born, 1961 in Birmingham, England. Died, 1998

»  John Wood

Searchlight

Group show at Ikon Gallery. 1989
Date: 27 May, 1989 until 1 July, 1989
Organiser: Ikon Gallery

Searchlight. Exhibition subtitled ‘Visibility/Surveillance/Regard’. Exhibition held at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 27/5/89 - 1/7/89. Artists included were: Pavel Büchler. Andrew Carmichael, Andrea Fisher, Donald G. Rodney, Susan Trangmar, Ivan Unwin, and John Wood.

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Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 1989

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»  Andrea Fisher

Born, 1955 in New York, USA

»  Donald Rodney

Born, 1961 in Birmingham, England. Died, 1998

»  John Wood

Exhibition venues

»  Ikon Gallery

Birmingham, United Kingdom

Truth, Dare, Double-Dare...

Collaboration at Ikon Gallery. 1994
Date: 4 June, 1994 until 16 July, 1994
Organiser: Ikon Gallery

Truth, Dare, Double-Dare… Rose Finn-Felcey and Donald G Rodney. 4 June - 16 July 1994. “Rose Finn-Kelcey is well known for recent installations which explore the material and spiritual limits of our environment. Donald G Rodney has contributed work to several exhibitions dealing with the themes of race and sexual politics. Truth, Dare, Double-Dare… brings together a major installation by each of the artists and a poignant new collabortative work. Rose Finn-Kelcey’s The Royal Box - a remarkable, bone-chilling room of ice - invites viewers to experience art in an unexpected way. Donald G Rodney’s Visceral Canker uses the coat of arms of Sir John Hawkins and Queen Elizabeth 1, bound together by a tube of the artist’s blood, to explore issues of heredity and slavery. From these two distinctive approaches, the artists have embarked on a daring joint venture. The resulting sound installation is a raw and compelling exploration of the intense and often painful process of collaboration.”

Taken from Ikon Gallery brochure, June - August 1994

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click to show details of Donald Rodney | In Retrospect

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Invite relating to an exhibition, 2008

click to show details of Donald Rodney | In Retrospect - invite

»  Donald Rodney | In Retrospect - invite

Invite relating to an exhibition, 2008

click to show details of Live Art Magazine

»  Live Art Magazine

Article relating to an exhibition, 1994

click to show details of Rose Finn - Kelcey & Donald Rodney

»  Rose Finn - Kelcey & Donald Rodney

Brochure relating to an exhibition, 1994

click to show details of Truth, Dare, Double-Dare... press release

»  Truth, Dare, Double-Dare... press release

Press release relating to an exhibition, 1994

People in this exhibition

»  Donald Rodney

Born, 1961 in Birmingham, England. Died, 1998

Exhibition venues

»  Ikon Gallery

Birmingham, United Kingdom

Hurvin Anderson: Reporting Back

Solo show at Ikon Gallery. 2014
Date: 25 September, 2014 until 10 November, 2014
Curator: Jonathan Watkins
Organiser: Ikon Gallery

Hurvin Anderson: Reporting Back was the most comprehensive exhibition to date of paintings by Birmingham-born artist Hurvin Anderson, who was born in 1965. evoking sensations of being caught between one place and another, drawn from personal experience. It surveys the artist’s career, including work made while at the Royal College of Art, London, in 1998, through the acclaimed Peter’s series, inspired by his upbringing in Birmingham’s Afro-Caribbean community, and ongoing works arising out of time spent in Trinidad in 2002. Filling Ikon’s entire exhibition space, reporting back traces the development of Anderson’s distinct figurative style.

Anderson arrived on the international art scene with Peter’s, an ongoing series of paintings depicting the interiors of barbers’ shops, in particular one (owned by Peter Brown) visited by Anderson with his father as a boy. A converted attic serving as an improvised salon for conversation as well as for cutting hair, this was a social retreat vital for many male members of the local Caribbean community; a place he equates to an English garden shed. By painting this subject, the artist was exploring a formative psychological moment, and by returning to it pictorially he takes us with him on a journey that is as sentimental as it is a faithful representation.

It is significant that Anderson depicts sites of leisure, where the mind is usually free to wander. He talks often of being in one place ‘but actually thinking about another’, a fact of his life arising out of his cultural background. He grew up in the English Midlands preoccupied with visions of a warmer, more colourful ‘other country’ and from this experience has developed a way of seeing which he describes as ‘slightly outside of things’. Later paintings of the Caribbean embody this kind of perception with verdant green colour glimpsed behind close-up details of the fences and security grilles found in residential areas, or an expanse of water or desolate approach separating us, the viewer, from the point of interest in the centre ground.

Anderson’s method of composition signifies at once a kind of social and political segregation, a smartness with respect to the business of picture making, amounting to a kind of semi-detached apprehension of what he encounters.

The exhibition came with a substantial, extensively illustrated catalogue, including essays by Jennifer Higgie, writer and co-editor of Frieze, and Eddie Chambers.

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Invite relating to an exhibition, 2013

click to show details of Hurvin Anderson: Reporting Back - letter from Ikon Gallery

»  Hurvin Anderson: Reporting Back - letter from Ikon Gallery

Letter relating to an exhibition, 2013

People in this exhibition

»  Hurvin Anderson

Born, 1965 in Birmingham

Exhibition venues

»  Ikon Gallery

Birmingham, United Kingdom

Hurvin Anderson: Reporting Back - letter from Ikon Gallery

Letter relating to an exhibition, 2013
Published by: Ikon Gallery
Year published: 2013
Unpaginated.

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Letter from Jonathan Watkins, Director, Ikon Gallery, extending an invitation in respect of Hurvin Anderson: Reporting Back, and Nina Könnemann, Bann, exhibitions held at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 25 September - 10 November 2010.

From the letter: “Hurvin Anderson’s exhibition, reporting back, is the most comprehensive survey to date of paintings by this Birmingham-born artist, increasingly acknowledged as a star rising through international orbits.”

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»  Hurvin Anderson

Born, 1965 in Birmingham

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»  Ikon Gallery

Birmingham, United Kingdom

Hurvin Anderson: Reporting Back - invitation card

Invite relating to an exhibition, 2013
Published by: Ikon Gallery
Year published: 2013
Unpaginated.

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Invitation card for Hurvin Anderson: Reporting Back, an exhibitions held at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 25 September - 10 November 2010.

Hurvin Anderson’s exhibition, reporting back, was the most comprehensive survey to date of paintings by this Birmingham-born artist.

The card featured an image of Untitled (Red Flags), 2004, detail, oil on canvas, private collection.

The exhibition opening took place on Wednesday 25 September 2013, 6 - 8pm.

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»  Ikon Gallery

Birmingham, United Kingdom

At Home with Vanley Burke

Solo show at Ikon Gallery, Test VENUE paddy 8/7/16. 2015
Date: 22 July, 2015 until 27 September, 2015
Organiser: Ikon Gallery

At Home with Vanley Burke was by far one of the most intriguing exhibitions to take place in recent years. It featured the bulk, if not the entirety, of the contents of Vanley Burke’s Birmingham flat being relocated and reinstalled in the Ikon Gallery. The exhibition’s dates were 22 July - 27 Sepember 2015.

From the catalogue Foreword, by Jonathan Watkins, Director:

Vanley Burke, born in Jamaica in 1951, resident in Birmingham since 1965, is renowned as a photographer concerned especially with black culture in Britain. He has had numerous exhibitions surveying his career as an artist, and these have sometimes included material from his archive, a vast collection including printed material (posters, flyers, publications), clothes, records, ornaments and countless other items that provide invaluable insights into our African and Caribbean communities. The religious and political beliefs of black people at home here, their artistic activities, fashions and leisure pursuits, food, health issues and many other aspects of everyday life are all equally of interest to the artist.

The archival items are like photographs in that they are indexical traces of human presence, countless pieces of evidence of actual experience. The collection of them suggests insurance against certain memories being lost, and that there will be a repository of raw material that can give rise to alternative histories. Each item not only gives its own particular account – why was it made, where and for whom? – but also it is evocative of a zeitgeist, an evolving spirit of a time, lived through by the artist, that embodies hope as much as fear, feelings of alienation as much as celebration, active resistance and demands for equal opportunity as much as the enjoyment of new adventures. The collection as a whole is thus greater than the sum of its parts and extremely poignant.

Burke’s archive is partly in storage at the Library of Birmingham, but most of it is to be found in his flat near Birmingham’s city centre, in filing cabinets or boxes or on display. It is an extraordinary interior, a cabinet of wonderful curiosities. This is an exhibition, more or less, of its entire contents – the archive with artworks and souvenirs, as well as decor and furniture, wardrobe, kitchenware et cetera – so that the artist is revealed as a subject of his own enquiry.

Vanley Burke’s personal story, involving such a vital archival impulse, is integral to the bigger picture he is making for us, on this occasion with the help of many others.”

The exhibition came with a fascinating catalogue, extensively illustrated and with texts by Pete James, Curator of Photographs at the Library of Birmingham, and artist/curator Marlene Smith.

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»  At Home with Vanley Burke

Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 2015

People in this exhibition

»  Vanley Burke

Born, 1951 in Jamaica

Exhibition venues

»  Ikon Gallery

Birmingham, United Kingdom

At Home with Vanley Burke

Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 2015
Published by: Ikon Gallery
Year published: 2015
Number of pages: 84
ISBN: 978-1-904864-98-1

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Catalogue for At Home with Vanley Burke, by far one of the most intriguing exhibitions to take place in recent years. It featured the bulk, if not the entirety, of the contents of Vanley Burke’s Birmingham flat being relocated and reinstalled in the Ikon Gallery. The exhibition’s dates were 22 July - 27 September 2015.

From the catalogue Foreword, by Jonathan Watkins, Director:

Vanley Burke, born in Jamaica in 1951, resident in Birmingham since 1965, is renowned as a photographer concerned especially with black culture in Britain. He has had numerous exhibitions surveying his career as an artist, and these have sometimes included material from his archive, a vast collection including printed material (posters, flyers, publications), clothes, records, ornaments and countless other items that provide invaluable insights into our African and Caribbean communities. The religious and political beliefs of black people at home here, their artistic activities, fashions and leisure pursuits, food, health issues and many other aspects of everyday life are all equally of interest to the artist.

The archival items are like photographs in that they are indexical traces of human presence, countless pieces of evidence of actual experience. The collection of them suggests insurance against certain memories being lost, and that there will be a repository of raw material that can give rise to alternative histories. Each item not only gives its own particular account – why was it made, where and for whom? – but also it is evocative of a zeitgeist, an evolving spirit of a time, lived through by the artist, that embodies hope as much as fear, feelings of alienation as much as celebration, active resistance and demands for equal opportunity as much as the enjoyment of new adventures. The collection as a whole is thus greater than the sum of its parts and extremely poignant.

Burke’s archive is partly in storage at the Library of Birmingham, but most of it is to be found in his flat near Birmingham’s city centre, in filing cabinets or boxes or on display. It is an extraordinary interior, a cabinet of wonderful curiosities. This is an exhibition, more or less, of its entire contents – the archive with artworks and souvenirs, as well as decor and furniture, wardrobe, kitchenware et cetera – so that the artist is revealed as a subject of his own enquiry.

Vanley Burke’s personal story, involving such a vital archival impulse, is integral to the bigger picture he is making for us, on this occasion with the help of many others.”

From “Looking Company”, by Marlene Smith: “Himself a “sent for” child, arriving in Birmingham as a teenager to join his parents who had come ahead to establish a home, Burke spent the latter part of his school days amongst many with similar family histories. The camera his mother had sent for his 10th birthday became a tool with which to study this new place, understand it and render it knowable. His collaborators in those early photographic works were literally and metaphorically - to use the idiom of those times - his younger “brothers and sisters”.”

From “Home from Home: The Vanley Burke Archive”, by Pete James: “Like many members of his community, Burke was reluctant to engage with public institutions, such as libraries or museums, as these were often founded on the profits of slavery. They had also, up to that moment, made little or no effort to engage with or record the contributions of the diverse ethnic communities that formed a vital and important part of the history of their adopted home. The issue of Burke’s largely hidden archive remains unresolved.”

The catalogue, extensively illustrated, with texts by Pete James, Curator of Photographs at the Library of Birmingham, and artist/curator Marlene Smith.

An early image in the catalogue was a photograph of a Kodak ‘Brownie’ 127 camera, which may have been the actual camera that Burke was given as a child, with which he took his first photograph - of his family home in Jamaica - in 1962. The photograph is the reproduced on page 83 of the catalogue.

Contents as follows:

Contents

Photographs, Vanley Burke - a selection of his photographs, taken between 1977 and 2007

Looking Company, Marlene Smith

Home from Home: The Vanley Burke Archive, Pete James

At Home with Vanley Burke - extensive documentation of the contents of Burke’s flat, or installations view of it.

Biography

reproduction of Burke’s first photograph, as mentioned above.

 

James’ text was illustrated by four smaller photographs, including a portrait of Burke.

Related people

»  Vanley Burke

Born, 1951 in Jamaica

»  Marlene Smith

Born, 1964 in Birmingham, England

Related exhibitions

Related venues

»  Ikon Gallery

Birmingham, United Kingdom