London art. Artists Pascale Marthine Tayou & Leon Golub at Serpentine Galleries Exhibitions 2015.
Boomerang by Pascale Marthine Tayou at Serpentine Sackler Gallery. 4 March – 17 May 2015.
The first solo show in London by Cameroon-born, Belgium-based artist Pascale Marthine Tayou. The exhibition will include new work made specifically for the Serpentine and introduces audiences to a range of works that serve as powerful expressions of individual and national identity in an age of inescapable global consumption. The exhibition will see the Serpentine Sackler Gallery populated by a diverse mix of sculptural forms that demonstrate Tayou’s unique visual language based on archetypes, made and found objects and traditional craft. Mysterious human forms and fantastical beasts – such as the 100 metre snake of Africonda – incorporate materials such as cloth, wood, plastic, glass, organic matter and consumer waste combined with an artisanal skill. Tayou, who began studying law before deciding instead to become an artist, began exhibiting in the early 1990s – a time of political and social upheaval across West Africa. With works often produced in situ, Tayou is renowned for combining found and discarded objects and materials – often sourced locally – with a skilled and playful sense of craftsmanship.
Bite Your Tongue by Leon Golub at Serpentine Gallery.
This survey exhibition of the American figurative painter Leon Golub, the first in London since 2000, will highlight key aspects of the artist’s oeuvre from the 1950s until his death in 2004. Throughout his career Golub was guided by his belief that art should have relevance. His works are profoundly psychological and emotive – often painted on a huge scale – and return again and again to themes of oppression, violence and the misuse of power. His paintings from the 1950s depict universal images of man and reference the classical figure found in antiquity, while his highly political series of the 1970s and ‘80s draws on the Vietnam War, American foreign policy and the rise of paramilitary soldiers in places such as South Africa and Latin America. His work from the 1990s incorporates slogans, text, graffiti and symbols into dystopian scenes of urban existence.
Entry to all exhibitions at the Serpentine Galleries is free.
Serpentine Gallery. Kensington Gardens. London W2 3XA.
Serpentine Sackler Gallery. West Carriage Drive. Kensington Gardens. London W2 2AR.