Fiona Rae
29 Aug—23 Nov 2017

Fiona Rae

29 Aug—23 Nov 2017
Buchmann Lugano
Press release

 

We are delighted to present an exhibition by British painter Fiona Rae (*1963 in Hong Kong, lives in London), for the first time on show at Buchmann Lugano.

 

The paintings in this exhibition are part of the most recent group of works by Fiona Rae, begun in 2014 with a number of charcoal drawings. The initial paintings from this series consequently started out as greyscale works, completely omitting colour and concentrating solely on the calligraphic flow of the brush. The largest format is limited to a size that makes it possible for the painter to maintain control over the entire canvas from a single standpoint; she is able to cover the whole canvas with one sweep of a brush. The intense calligraphic lines radiate with the same force from the canvas as we find in the drawings. They seem spontaneous and yet at the same time placed with discipline and precision.

 

The large work Figure 2a is the first painting in the series to reintroduce colour in the foreground while keeping the backdrop in greyscale. This emphasizes the colour and creates a new concentration and dynamism in the constellation of figure and ground, surface and line. Further development of this approach can be seen in the smaller format paintings Figment 2u, Figment 3b and Figment 3c. As regards the titles for the new paintings, Rae uses a taxonomic system: Figure 1a, Figure 1b, etc. In this way she creates a distance between the painting and the title, enabling the viewer to concentrate on contemplating the pure painting. Still, Fiona Rae’s signature remains clearly recognizable in these new works, evidence of the many visual codes and tropes she has developed and made her own over the years.

 

These new paintings make clear what Fiona Rae means when she says: “I see these paintings as suggesting the presence of a figure, whilst simultaneously insisting on its absence; the paintings remain abstract. I want the urgency of paint marks and gestures made only by the hand; the need to make a mark that goes back thousands of years.”

 

Works by Fiona Rae are represented in numerous public collections, amongst them the Tate Collection UK, the Centre Pompidou Paris, the Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin, the Hirshhorn Museum Washington D.C. and the Mudam Luxembourg.

 

For more information:

Buchmann Lugano

Via della Posta no. 2, CH-6900 Lugano

From 29 August

Tuesdays to Fridays 1.00 pm – 6.00 pm

Saturdays 1.00 pm – 5.00 pm

 

Comunicato stampa

 

Abbiamo il grande piacere di presentare per la prima volta in Ticino nello spazio Buchmann Lugano la mostra della pittrice inglese Fiona Rae (*1963, Hong Kong, vive a Londra).

 

I dipinti esposti sono parte del gruppo più recente di opere di Fiona Rae, iniziato nel 2014 con vari disegni a carboncino. Nei primi dipinti di questa serie, di conseguenza, l’artista utilizza tonalità grigie non lasciando alcuno spazio al colore e si concentra esclusivamente sul tratto calligrafico della pennellata. Il formato maggiore ha una misura che consente all’artista di mantenere il controllo su tutta la tela stando in un punto fisso, dandole così la possibilità di percorrere con un solo gesto l’intera superficie pittorica. Gli intensi tratti calligrafici si sprigionano dalla tela con la stessa forza che troviamo nei disegni. Le linee paiono spontanee e al contempo dipinte con disciplina e precisione.

 

Il grande dipinto Figure 2a è il primo della serie a reintrodurre il colore in primo piano, mantenendo sempre uno sfondo in scala di grigi. Questo permette di dare maggior rilievo al colore e creare nuova concentrazione e dinamismo nel rapporto tra figura e sfondo, superficie e tratto. Un ulteriore sviluppo di questo approccio lo troviamo nei dipinti dal formato più piccolo, Figment 2u, Figment 3b e Figment 3c. Per quanto riguarda i titoli degli ultimi dipinti, l’artista ricorre a un sistema di ordinamento numerico sistematico: Figure 1a, Figure 1b, ecc. In questo modo crea una distanza tra l’opera e il titolo, permettendo allo spettatore di concentrarsi sulla contemplazione della pura pittura. Nonostante questo, la firma di Fiona Rae rimane chiaramente riconoscibile nei nuovi lavori, testimonianza dei numerosi codici visivi che la pittrice ha sviluppato e fatto propri nel corso degli anni.

 

I nuovi dipinti illustrano bene ciò che intende Fiona Rae quando afferma: “Questi dipinti suggeriscono la presenza di una figura e contemporaneamente ne sottolineano l’assenza, rimanendo astratti. Io ricerco l’insistenza del movimento e delle tracce di pittura che solo la mano crea, la necessità di lasciare un segno che risale a migliaia di anni fa”.

 

Le opere di Fiona Rae sono presenti in numerose collezioni pubbliche, tra cui la Tate Collection, Regno Unito, il Centre Pompidou, Parigi, l’Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlino, l’Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C. e il Mudam, Lussemburgo.

 

Per maggiori informazioni:

Buchmann Lugano

Via della Posta 2, CH-6900 Lugano

Dal 29 agosto

Da martedì a venerdì 13.00 – 18.00

Sabato 13.00 – 17.00

Fiona Rae

Born 1963 in Hong Kong. Lives and works in London.

Education
1983-84 Croydon College of Art, London, UK
1984-87 Goldsmiths College, London, UK
Grants and Awards
1991 Shortlisted for the Turner Prize, Tate Britain, London, UK
1993 Shortlisted for the Eliette von Karajan Prize for Young Painters, Austria
2002 Elected to Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
2002-05 Shadowland, Tate Modern Restaurant Commission, London, UK
2003 BBC Commission: Signal, installation for Art Site, BBC Broadcasting House Public Art Programme, London, UK, July 1–November 5
2005 Master Artist in Residence at Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, USA
2005-09 Appointed Tate Artist Trustee, London, UK
2007 Shortlisted for the Charles Wollaston Award, The 239th Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK, June 11–August 19
2010 Curator of Invited Room, The 242nd Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK, June 14-August 22
2011-13 Tate Members’ Artist Commission
2011-15

Professor of Painting for the Royal Academy Schools, London, UK

2015

Honorary Fellow of Goldsmiths, London, UK

Solo Exhibitions

2021
Buchmann Galerie, Berlin (upcoming)
2020
Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris, France
2018
Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
2017
Buchmann Lugano
2016
Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
2015
Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK (cat.)
2014
Buchmann Box, Buchmann Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Southampton City Art Gallery (cat.)
Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Nottingham (cat.)
2013
Towner, Eastbourne, UK (cat.)
Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris
Timothy Taylor Gallery, London
2012
The New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK (cat.)
Leeds Art Gallery, UK (cat.)
2002
Carré dʼArt, Musée d'Art Contemporain, Nîmes (cat.)
2000
Buchmann Galerie, Köln
1990
Third Eye Center (Now Centre for Contemporary Arts), Glasgow
Pierre Bernard Gallery, Nice

Group Exhibitions

2021
Albertina Modern, Vienna, Austria
Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris, France
2020
Shoshana Wayne Gallery (online), Los Angeles, USA
Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg
2019
Newport Street Gallery, London (cat.)
Coombs Contemporary, London, UK
Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany
Tate Britain, London, UK
2018
Efremidis Gallery, Berlin (cat.)
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, UK
Millenium Gallery, Museums Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
The Royal Academy of Arts, London (cat.)
Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg
Musée d’Art et Archéologie d’Aurillac - Les Écuries Jardin des Carmes, France
Victoria Miro, London, UK
Attercliffe™, Sheffield, UK
Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, UK
2017
Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK (cat.)
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, UK
Park Hyatt Paris Vendome, Paris
2016
Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany
Abbaye Saint André - Centre d’Art Contemporain Meymac, France
FRAC Auvergne, France
Villa Bernasconi, Lancy, CH
The Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK (cat.)
Turps Gallery, London, UK
Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris
2015
The Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK (cat.)
Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, UK
Musée Départemental d'Art Contemporain de Rochechouart, Haute-Vienne, France
CentroCentro, Madrid, Spain
2014
Waddington Custot Galleries, London, UK
Essl Museum - Kunst der Gegenwart, Klosterneuburg
H-Project Space, Bangkok, Thailand, Transition Gallery, London, UK, The Usher Gallery, Lincoln, UK (cat.)
The Old Sorting Office, London, UK (cat.)
Cheymore Gallery, Tuxedo Park, NY, USA
Hôtel Beaubrun, Paris, France (cat.)
New Art Projects, London, UK
Galerie Isa, Mumbai
The Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK (cat.)
Banco de Portugal, Lisbon
2013
Madonna Building, Miami, Florida, USA
Lion & Lamb Gallery, London, UK
Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore
Carré d’Art - Musée d’Art Contemporain, Nîmes, France
2012
Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK (cat.)
City Gallery Prague, The Stone Bell House, Prague, Czech Republic (cat.)
Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK (cat.)
Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, UK
Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Brüssel
2011
Fundación Barrié, La Coruña, Spain (cat.)
Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton, UK (cat.)
Byzantine & Christian Museum, Athens, Greece (cat.)
Warton House, London, UK
Kunsthalle Emden, Germany; Deutsche Kinemathek–Museum für Film und Fernsehen, Berlin, Germany (cat.)
Passage de Retz, Paris
Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK (cat.)
Musée de Rochechouart, Rochechouart, France
Atlas Sztuki, Lodz
2010
Maison du Geste et de l’Image, Paris, France
The Pace Gallery, New York, USA (cat.)
Texas Gallery, Houston, USA
Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
2009
Musée d’Art et d’Archéologie d’Aurillac, France
Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds
2008
Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK
Musée d’art contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Vitry-sur-Seine, France
Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg
Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Brussels
2007
Hamburger Bahnhof–Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany (cat.)
Musée d’Art et Archéologie d’Aurillac, France
CentrePasquArt, Kunsthaus Centre d’Art, Biel, Switzerland
Musée de Grenoble, Grenoble (cat.)
2006
Museum Morsbroich
2005
Domus Atrium 02 (DA2), Fundación Salamanca Ciudad de Cultura, Salamanca
2004
Centre d'Art Contemporain de la Villa du Parc, Annemasse, France
Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK
Jan Weiner, Kansas City
2003
Buchmann Galerie, Köln
Musée du Tapis et des Arts Textiles, Clermont-Ferrand, France
Pavilhão Lucas, Nogueira Garcez, São Paulo (cat.)
2002
Galeries du Cloître, Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Rennes, France
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland (cat.)
2001
Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York, USA
Tate Liverpool (cat.)
2000
Museo Michetti, Palazzo San Domenico, Francavilla al Mare (cat.)
1999
Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, USA (cat.)
DC Moore Gallery, New York
1998
Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (cat.)
Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York, USA
Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton, UK
1997
Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris, France (cat.)
Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York
1996
Museum of Modern Art, Oxford / The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh / The Wolsey Art Gallery, Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich / Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne
1995
Musée Départemental de Rochechouart, Chateau de Rochechouart, Haute-Vienne
1994
Gallery Oriel, Dublin, Ireland
Tate Gallery London
1993
Factual Nonsense, London, UK
John Good Gallery, New York, USA
Pamela Auchincloss Gallery, New York, USA
Royal Festival Hall, London
1992
Germans van Eck Gallery, New York
1991
Tate Gallery, London
1990
Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
1989
Galerie im Kreishaus, Cologne, Germany
Serpentine Gallery, London, UK / L’École de Nîmes, France (cat.)
Anderson O´Day Gallery, London, UK
1988
Surrey Docks, London, UK (cat.)
Selected Collections
Albertina Museum, Vienna, Austria
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, USA

Arts Council England, UK

Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, UK

British Council, UK

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal

Carré d’Art - Musée d’Art Contemporain, Nîmes, France 

Contemporary Art Society, London, UK

Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France

Fonds National d'Art Contemporain, Paris, France

Fonds Régional d'Art Contemporain d’Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France

Fonds Régional d'Art Contemporain d'Île-de-France, France

Fundación Barrié, A Coruña, Spain

Fundació “la Caixa”, Barcelona, Spain 

Government Art Collection, UK

Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany 

Jerwood Collection, UK

The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., USA

Leeds Museums and Galleries, Leeds, UK

Mudam Luxembourg - Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg

Musée Départemental de Rochechouart, Haute-Vienne, France

Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany

National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., USA

Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, UK

Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

Sintra Museum of Modern Art, Portugal

Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton, UK

Tate Collection, UK

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK

Warwick University Art Collection, UK