Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham B1 2HS. www.ikon-gallery.org. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-5pm / free entry
Publishing is central to Banner’s practice and she often produces books through her own imprint The Vanity Press. For the artist the act of publishing is itself performative, and this exhibition at Ikon will display a wide archive of previously unseen publications and ephemera. In addition, the artist will also publish a major new book to accompany the exhibition, for which she will design and typeset her own font for the first time. Instead of formally presenting completed art works, the book will focus on related material from Banner’s personal archive compiled over the last twenty years. Matching THE NAM in scale, it will present a timely sequel to her first publication. The show will consequently tour to Kunsthalle Nürnberg from March 24 – May 29, 2016.
“This is a survey of work by one of the leading lights in the British art scene, at a pivotal moment in her career. We feel privileged to be presenting it.” Jonathan Watkins, Ikon Director.