Honoured with OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire)
We congratulate Rebecca Warren on being awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in Queen Elizabeth II's 2020 Birthday Honours List for services to Art. The title OBE is awarded to individuals who have made great contributions to the United Kingdom.
Rebecca Warren's Aurelius, 2017–2019 is currently on view at Regent's Park in London, as part of Frieze Sculpture, until 18 October 2020.
Rebecca Warren et al.
Breaking the Mould: Sculpture by Women since 1945 (group show)
An Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition
This major new touring exhibition challenges the male-dominated narratives of post-war British sculpture by presenting a diverse and significant range of ambitious work by women. Offering a radical recalibration, Breaking the Mould not only celebrates the strengths of sculpture made by women but also seeks to guard against the threat of slipping out of view. Through this deliberately restorative act, the exhibition seeks to inspire future generations, supporting the maxim ‘if she can see it she can be it’.
Breaking the Mould represents the work of over forty-five sculptors including Rebecca Warren.
Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, 29 May – 5 September 2021 (Open Thursdays to Sundays and bank holidays, 11am - 4pm. Pre-booking essential. Book tickets at ysp.org.uk)
Djanogly Gallery, Lakeside Arts, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, 18 September 2021 – 9 January 2022
The Levinsky Gallery, The Arts Institute, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, 26 March – 5 June 2022
Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, 2 July – 2 October 2022
The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, October 2022 – March 2023
Arts Council Collection
Hans Josephsohn, Albert Oehlen, Julian Schnabel, Rebecca Warren et al.
Albert Oehlen – “big paintings by me with small paintings by others”
5 September 2021 – 20 February 2022
From 5 September 2021 to 20 February 2022, Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana (MASI) present the exhibition titled Albert Oehlen – “big paintings by me with small paintings by others”. For this project Albert Oehlen is at the same time an artist, a curator and a collector. Iconic works embodying different phases of his painting career will be displayed alongside a selection of more than thirty international artists belonging to his private collection.
It is always very interesting when artists collect art, and this is particularly true in the case of a reserved, elusive and sometimes even cryptic artist like Albert Oehlen. This is the first time that masterpieces by Oehlen are exhibited alongside works from his private art collection in such an extensive form and in a display conceived by the artist himself in partnership with MASI. This project not only offers surprising insights into his work, but also allows visitors to discover, or rediscover, a series of exceptional artists. The core group of works, representing the essence of Oehlen's art, and the extraordinary chance to admire a part of his private collection in a museum, will enable visitors to engage with the depth and breadth of his pictorial exploration. For many years Oehlen has been expanding his collection with works by artists with whom he feels a connection, not in terms of likeness, but because they address ideas – often associated with the concept of painting – that are very relevant to him too. However, while all the works featured in the exhibition reveal inspiration and similarities (in some cases very evidently), we must not forget that the artist rejects all kinds of classification and rational analysis of his oeuvre. Indeed, Oehlen has always actively shunned interpretative methods that seek to define the meaning of form and content, or, more simply, rejects an approach focusing on the wish to understand art in general. Consequently, the exhibition does not aim to suggest comparisons between Oehlen's work and that of other artists or to insert his work in a “genealogy”, but rather to give visitors an exceptional glimpse into his private collection and allow them to engage – perhaps for the first time – with the work of important international artists in an original and exciting narrative that recounts the history of the art of recent decades from Oehlen's personal perspective.
The exhibition project designed by Oehlen presents both works by famous artists, including Willem de Kooning, Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy, Duane Hanson, Franz West, Julian Schnabel, Konrad Klapheck, Richard Lindner, Richard Artschwager, Daniel Richter and Malcolm Morley, and works by equally stimulating but lesser-known artists such as Peter Brüning, Martha Jungwirth, Michaela Eichwald, John Graham, Eugène Leroy, Joyce Pensato, Christina Ramberg, Karl Wirsum, Ed Paschke, Gernot Bubenik and Gino De Dominicis. The intentionally provocative title of the exhibition immediately reveals Oehlen's irreverent attitude and the sense of humour of someone who takes his profession seriously, but plays with the art system, making fun of the conditions that it often entails.