To Name A Few
27 April – 22 June 2019, Tanya Leighton, Berlin
Preview: Friday, 26 April 7–9 pm
I am sitting here with this feeling, and it is a familiar feeling, and it is my heart.
I am needing to reassure myself that I am not writing this letter to you, that I am
just writing it, simply writing it, simply letting it wander out.
I feel sad. My heart, my chest, what fills my chest, something like the taste of
copper, like sucking on a penny, like licking a 9 volt battery and getting a little
shock. It’s here, a little shock.
It has never been so apparent, the workings of shame embedded in my being so
old and outside, yet all the same my own deep thing to tend to, untangle, air out
And I guess it’s true, now I am writing to you. I am writing to you from me and
also to myself.
But isn’t that a letter?
The linear scroll is scraping against the pavement.
In my delusions I am literally some kind of a hero and that is embarrassing.
What holds the reigns, I think of some force, nameless, shapeless within and
outside this bodily container. Sending signals into outer space and actually
I can tell you the joy of this spring day, the brightness of 4PM light, the spirits
that burst through at this time. It’s almost too much of a drunken feeling to
manage. It’s almost too much.
There is my heart again. You know, I haven’t been able to feel my heart in so
And now I pause, and just stare at my hands, still on the board.
And in this moment I decided this letter is no longer for you, because I know
that you don’t want it.
This letter is for my heart, and I can say anything to my heart.
Right now, I am saying to my heart, I am sorry. I am sorry that I wrapped you up in cotton batting and put you away all tampered down and quiet. I am sorry that I hid you from myself, that I turned away from you while we were sleeping, and on purpose, many times.
I am sorry that I turned away from you, my heart. My beautiful, my tender, my sensitive, my loving, my strong, strong heart. And I am so sorry that I put you to rest so often as to no longer feel anything between my ribs and the sky.
To Name a Few
Tanya Leighton, Berlin
Gallery Weekend 2019
26 April – 22 June 2019
David Diao, 2018
Delmonico books — Prestel
With contributions from Philip Tinari, Michael Corris, Pi Li, Sarah K. Rich, Felicia Chen, Kerry Doran
Recipient of the 2019 Arnaldo Pomodoro Sculpture Prize
Solo exhibition opens in Fall 2019
Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Milan
Phaidon Contemporary Artist Series
Text by Julia Bryan-Wilson, Jeannine Tang, and Lanka Tattersall
...and other such stories
Chicago Architecture Biennial
Chicago Cultural Center
19 September 2019 – 5 January 2020
Fondazione Morra Greco, Naples
Tanya Leighton is delighted to announce that the Museum of Modern Art, New York has acquired Marianne Wex's Let's Take Back Our Space: 'Female' and 'Male' Body Language as a Result of Patriarchal Structures, 1977
Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin, established in 2008, is dedicated to developing a cross-disciplinary, trans-generational gallery programme with off-site projects, in collaboration with artists, filmmakers, critics, art historians, and curators. Its international exhibition programme reflects a variety of opinions and practices as well as Leighton’s associations with American and British experimental cinema, artist’s film and video, performance, minimal and conceptual art.
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Monday Is A Day Between Sunday And Tuesday
25 February – 15 April 2017, Tanya Leighton, Berlin
TAMINA AMADYAR, MAGNUS ANDERSEN, MONIKA BAER, BRADLEY DAVIES, ANDERS DICKSON, ELIZA DOUGLAS, GEORGIA GARDNER GRAY, MICHAELA EICHWALD, MARLEY FREEMAN, STEFANIE HEINZE, UWE HENNEKEN, MELIKE KARA, CHRISTINE KRIEGEROWSKI, FRIEDRICH KUNATH, CLAUDIA LEMKE, JONAS LIPPS, BIRGIT MEGERLE, DIETRICH ORTH, OLIVER OSBORNE, CHRISTOPH RUCKHÄBERLE, MARK VAN YETTER, ANNA ZACHAROFF
Tanya Leighton is pleased to announce 'Monday is a Day Between Sunday and Tuesday', a group exhibition that brings together artists who have lived and worked in Germany.
The show's title – a wry definition of the first day of the week – points to our impulse to name things, to classify them and to devise systems for understanding them. In art, naming and delineating have been stalwart accessories in writing the canon of art history. Art's multifarious periods, movements and schools of thought have probably always felt inadequate. This inadequacy is particularly apparent today, yet these categories seem to be unshakeable. Similar to the way that two dots and a line always seem to draw a face, it is without thinking that we ask things to coalesce into groups that we can arrange in relationship to one another.
Geography is a category that art history loves, both historically and even now as distance collapses by way of instantaneous global communication. While 'Monday is a Day Between Sunday and Tuesday' is categorically an exhibition of artists who have a strong connection to Germany, it is at the same time an illustration of just how arbitrary this category can be. The artists collected here employ varied approaches to painting. Their relationships to history and the present differ, as do their ages, places of birth, and so on. The ambiguity of the category that links them – having lived here – creates a space to approach each artist's work on its own terms.