Ellen Gallagher: AxME

By Stephanie Rebick | Posted on June 5th, 2013

Ellen Gallagher, DeLuxe 2004-5 60 works on paper, etching, screenprint, lithograph with plasticine, velvet, toy eyeballs and coconut oil © Ellen Gallagher

Ellen Gallagher, DeLuxe, 2004-5
60 works on paper, etching, screenprint, lithograph with plasticine, velvet, toy eyeballs and coconut oil
© Ellen Gallagher

The Tate Modern in London is one of those rare institutions that consistently puts on excellent mid-career survey and retrospective exhibitions. With the power to secure loans from the most important public and private collections, shows at the Tate are never missing those key works that are so essential to tell the story because the works could not be borrowed. I was excited to hear that the Tate Modern launched an extensive survey exhibition of American artist Ellen Gallagher last month. Gallagher is one of my favourite contemporary artists — her intricate and interdisciplinary works that reference myth, social history, popular culture and the art historical canon are nothing short of extraordinary. Ellen Gallagher: AxME includes an overview of her career since the mid-1990s including such important works as her series of wig-map grid collages, her Watery Ecstatic watercolours and a 16mm film installation, Murmur 2003–4, created in collaboration with Edgar Cleijne. If you’re in London before September this exhibition is not to be missed!


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