George Shaw’s “A Corner of a Foreign Field” at the Yale Center for British Art

George Shaw’s “A Corner of a Foreign Field” at the Yale Center for British Art

Blouinartinfo - 1 August 2018

The Yale Center for British Art (YCBA) in New York will dedicate an exhibition to the works of British artist George Shaw this fall. The exhibition, titled “ George Shaw: A Corner of a Foreign Field,”  will be the view from October 4, 2018, through December 30, 2018.

George Shaw (b. 1966) is one of leading British contemporary painters. This exhibition, the artist’s first solo in the United States, will have on the feature, around 70 paintings, 60 drawings, numerous prints, and sketchbook materials spanning Shaw’s career from 1996 to the present. The display will showcase several of the artist’s new works as well.

“We are delighted to mount George Shaw’s first solo exhibition in the United States. His work explores the places that define his sense of identity through a self-conscious engagement with the British tradition of landscape art, as well as a reaction against that tradition. His realist landscapes of the housing estates and woodlands of his youth pay homage to the old masters who have shaped his vision but simultaneously subvert our ideas about landscape by uncovering the realities of postmodern Britain from the 1970s to today,” said Matthew Hargraves, Chief Curator of Art Collections at the YCBA.

“In ‘A Corner of a Foreign Field,’ George Shaw’s paintings and drawings are presented in lively dialogue with one another,” says lead curator Mark Hallett. “It is a rich survey of George’s career, and we hope it will reinforce his position as one of the most exciting and ambitious figures within the contemporary art world.”

Shaw’s work focuses on the Midlands, a region in England near the cities of Birmingham, Derby, and Coventry. Steeped in modern and historic fine art traditions, Shaw’s work alludes equally to 20th century painting and photography, as well as historic masters of European painting.

The exhibition is organized thematically, in eight loose chronological sections. Apart from showing the familiar aspects of Shaw’s painting practice, the show will introduce visitors to a range of graphic works by the artist, thus highlighting his accomplishment and ambition as a draftsman. Further, a series of short films commissioned from the British filmmakers Lily Ford, Jonathan Law, and Jared Schiller will explore different aspects of Shaw’s life and creative output.

Shaw’s works are part of the in the collections of esteemed institutes like Museum and Art Gallery, UK; Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio; the Government Art Collection, London;  and Tate, London.

The exhibition will be on view from October 4, 2018, through December 30, 2018. at Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St, New Haven, CT 06510, USA.

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“The Sporting Life,” 2009, George Shaw, Humbrol enamel on board, Private Collection, courtesy of the artist and the Anthony Wilkinson Gallery, London, (© George Shaw 2018)