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Whitechapel agenda - Aubrey Williams

Brochure relating to an exhibition, 1998
Published by: Whitechapel
Year published: 1998
Number of pages: 8

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Gallery guide produced to accompany concurrent Whitechapel exhibitions by Peter Doig (Lower Gallery) and Aubrey Williams (New & Upper Galleries). As well as providing introductions to both artists’ work, the guide contains full details of accompanying events, such as talks, films, and other activities, such as Aubrey Williams day. Illustrated throughout, a detail of a work by Williams appears on the cover of the publication.

From the introduction to Williams’ exhibition (pages 4 and 5): “One of the most original post-war British artists, Williams drew from a spectrum of cultural influences in his paintings, including classical music, Pre-Columbian iconography, tropical birds and astronomy. This is the first retrospective of his work in this country and is organised by the Institute of International Visual Arts (inIVA) and Whitechapel Art Gallery. It spans his early career including his two major series - the Shostakovich and Olmec-Maya paintings.”

The brochure made mention of “A selection of works on paper are also showing at the October Gallery from 25 June - 1 August [1998]”

This free guide was a very useful introduction to Williams’ work, for those visitors to the exhibition who were unable, unwilling, or not interested in purchasing the substantial catalogue that accompanied the exhibition. “A substantial monograph published by inIVA, is available, with contributions by critic Guy Brett, exhibition curator Andrew Dempsey, Caribbean art researcher Anne Walmsley and Guyanese artist and anthropologist Denis Williams. (120pp, c. 70 clour & 20 b&w images, £17.50)”

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»  Peter Doig

Born, 1962 in Edinburgh

»  Aubrey Williams

Born, 1926 in Georgetown, Guyana. Died, 1990

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»  Whitechapel Art Gallery

London, United Kingdom

Aubrey Williams - Whitechapel press release

Press release relating to an exhibition, 1998
Published by: Whitechapel
Year published: 1998
Unpaginated.

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Original Press release for Aubrey Williams’ exhibition at Whitechapel Art Gallery, 12 June - 16 August 1998.

From the press release, “Moving between figuration and abstraction, William’s (sic) paintings defy easy categorisation. He was deeply curious about pre-Columbian culture and passionate about the music of Dmitri Shostakovich. His painting was influenced by North American and Latin American art including Jackson Pollock, Arshile Gorky, Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo and Matta,”

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»  Jackson Pollock

Born, 1912 in Wyoming, USA. Died, 1956

»  Rufino Tamayo

Born, 1899 in Oaxaca, Mexico

»  Aubrey Williams

Born, 1926 in Georgetown, Guyana. Died, 1990

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»  Whitechapel Art Gallery

London, United Kingdom

Tariq Alvi - Whitechapel

Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 2001
Published by: Whitechapel
Year published: 2001
Number of pages: 32
ISBN: 0845 88 125 5

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Catalogue produced to accompany Tariq Alvi’s first UK solo exhibition, which took place at Whitechapel Art Gallery, 12 January - 4 March 2001. This catalogue provided a substantial introduction to the practice of a British-born artist whose time was split between living in London and living in the Netherlands. Profusely illustrated, the catalogue’s Foreword was written by  Whitechapel Art Gallery Director Catherine Lampert and Curator Andrea Tarsia, and featured an essay by Jean Fisher.

Contents as follows:

Forword, Whitechapel Art Gallery Director Catherine Lampert and Curator Andrea Tarsia

Provisional Acts, essay by Jean Fisher

List of illustrations

Biography/Bibliography

As mentioned, the catalogue was extensively illustrated.

From the Foreword: “The rather grand, day-lit spaces of the Whitechapel have posed a challenge to Alvi: how to present work tha has already lived in private spaces, in bed-sits and corridors, above fireplaces and wedged between cracks. Whereas the relaxed, non-conformist mood generated by Whitechapel’s visitors, and the chaos of the High Street, appeals to a generation of artists that operate outside commercial and marketing constraints. We are delighted that Tariq has responded to the challenge of his first solo exhibition in the UK with such energy and enthusiasm. He has engaged the attention and the imagination of all here at the Whitechapel.”

From Fisher’s text: “Alvi’s idiosyncratic manipulation of images, the massing and proliferation of material to near-saturation point, often on the edge of sliding out of control, are acts whose very uncontainability threaten the forces of law and order.”

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»  Tariq Alvi

Born, 1965 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

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»  Whitechapel Art Gallery

London, United Kingdom