Ellen Gallagher: AxMe

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Ellen Gallagher (b. 1965) is one of the most acclaimed American artists working today. Her paintings, collages, drawings, sculpture, animation, and film installations, which shift between abstraction and figuration, create dynamic encounters between the historic and the present through commentary about race, racism, and cultural identity.

Description

Ellen Gallagher (b. 1965) is one of the most acclaimed American artists working today. Her paintings, collages, drawings, sculpture, animation, and film installations, which shift between abstraction and figuration, create dynamic encounters between the historic and the present through commentary about race, racism, and cultural identity. Her works explore the language of modernist painting with symbolic or narrative content, often touching on issues of representation: for example, her 2006 piece Bird in Hand, which forms a central part of this appraisal, is a complex relief built up in layers on canvas through the application of newspaper cuttings, clay, rock crystals, silver paint, and gold leaf, created to evoke the mythical Drexciya or Black Atlantis, an underwater world populated by a marine species descended from drowned slaves.

Created in close dialogue with the artist, this book catalogues a unique opportunity to present a selective yet coherent overview of Gallagher’s practice, bringing together significant works from the early 1990’s to the present day and examining some of the key themes and issues that emerge, overlap, repeat, and interweave throughout her practice.

Additional information

Dimensions 29 × 23 cm
Publisher

Language

English

Date Published

2013

ISBN

9781849761239

Specifications

Softcover, 29x23cm, 224pp