DLA Piper Series
DLA Piper Series: This is Sculpture takes an ambitious and revolutionary look at the history of modern and contemporary sculpture. This new Tate collection display continues to examine and question the trajectory of artistic innovation in twentieth-century art and beyond.
Sculpture in the form of object, installation, assemblage and ready-made will sit alongside more surprising forms, such as painting, video, photography, language and performance.
In addition, key figures from the cultural arena have been invited to co-curate selected sections of the display. Artist Michael Craig-Martin and Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy offer their own inspiring interpretations of the Tate Collection. Reflecting their own specialist practice, they present us with new ways of seeing and appreciating sculpture.
The Sculpture of Language, a collaboration between Tate Liverpool curators and Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, opens 11 June 2010. Duffy’s multi-layered and poetic display explores the numerous ways in which artists have engaged with language through their own art.
Works featured range from the surrealist art of Salvador Dalí and René Magritte, through to Gillian Wearing’s striking photographic series Signs That Say What You Want Them To Say…
In response to the display, Carol Ann Duffy has written a new sonnet entitled POETRY that will be integrated within the exhibition. For the first time in her career the poet has devised an installation that invites visitors to interact with the display by re-arranging the words of the sonnet to create and original an unlimited poem.
World renowned hat maker Philip Treacy’s section of the display, entitled Conversation Pieces, features artworks from Treacy’s own private collection alongside specially selected works from the Tate collection.
Treacy’s selection explores the human form and human relations, mirroring in some ways his own design process. Works by Francis Bacon and Dorothy Cross representing the human figure are shown alongside the emotive abstract works of Joan Mitchell and Jackson Pollock. Central to the display and exhibition design are two artist films by Simon Martin and Haluk Akakçe. Dramatic, playful and quirky, they demonstrate Treacy’s humour, avant-garde interests and Pop sensibilities. Additional highlights include works by Vanessa Beecroft, Ellsworth Kelly and Andy Warhol.
Renowned singer-songwriter and actress Marianne Faithfull is the latest cultural figure to collaborate with Tate with her display Period Piece, opening from 20 April – 2 September 2012. Faithfull has carefully selected works which reflect and offer a meditation upon her artistic influences, and her celebrated and very public life. Many of the artworks presented have personal significance for Faithfull, drawing upon friendships or collaborations with artists and performers across a variety of different art forms.
Featured artists include Francis Bacon, William Blake, Lucian Freud and Richard Hamilton.
Previous contributors to DLA Piper Series: This is Sculpture include director and artist Tim Etchells, and designer Wayne Hemingway and his son Jack.
Free tours of DLA Piper Series: This is Sculpture are available daily at 12:30, just ask in the foyer.