25 July – 29 August 2020, Tanya Leighton, Berlin
Preview: Saturday 25 July, 12–7 pm
‘In the meantime, water had begun to dry up, a huge salt marshland had appeared. Last melted snow dried and froze into the first salt. The white in the horizon kept coming back again and again. The wide spreading line in the horizon that separates ground from the sky is the last hope of our senses. After walking a few kilometres in the salted barren land, the midday sky began to reflect on the ground and ground reflected it back to the sky again. This exchange went on again and again until the line in the horizon disappeared.
One falls unconscious, only to be rescued in the Rann by villagers who live nearby or border security forces who were patrolling the border area. When they asked the unconscious person: Where is he coming from and where is he going? He uttered: “He is coming from point ‘A’ going to point ‘B’. Back in the village there are rumours about a terrorist in the Raan, who can say anything like a mad person”.’
‘Crust’, Goutam Ghosh’s first exhibition at Tanya Leighton, brings together a body of work that was inspired by the artist’s recent trips to the salt marshes of the Rann of Kutch, in India. In his paintings, sculptures and films, Ghosh synthesises ways in which humanity understands the world — through geology, myth and systems of measurement. His poetic approach does not seek answers, so much as provide a space for further reflection.
11 – 13 September 2020
Gallery Weekend Berlin
Christine Roland and Kara Hamilton
At Kurfürstenstraße 156
Preview: Friday 30 October 2020
Site-specific installation at Henry Art Gallery
University of Washington, Seattle
11 June 2020 – 7 February 2021
Suzanne Hudson, World of Art: Contemporary Painting, Thames & Hudson
Olomouc Triennale 2020: The Universal, curated by Gina Renotière
Diversity United. Contemporary European Art
Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
11 November 2020 – 21 February 2021
Undo Things Done Exhibition Tour
Senedd, National Assembly for Wales
26 July – 9 September 2020
Masculinities: Liberation through Photography
Barbican Centre, London; Luma Foundation, Arles, and Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin
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.
Director: Simon Gowing
Director: Patrick Armstrong
Gallery Manager: Melanie Isabel García
Finance Manager: Stefan Schuster
Tanya Leighton GmbH
Kurfürstenstraße 156 & 24/25
1–29 August 2020
Open Wednesday – Saturday
11am – 6pm and by appointment
12 April – 27 July 2014, The Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas
The Goss-Michael Foundation is pleased to present an exhibition by British-born Dan Rees. The exhibition will open to the public on Saturday, 13 April and continue through Saturday, 27 July, Rees is the first ‘resident’ artist to live for a selected period of time in Dallas and create original work for the Foundation as part of the 2013 Artist in Residency program. Rees plays with the boundaries between what can be considered painting, installation or sculpture and focuses on the process-related aspects of his work. He uses subtle and explicit strategies of appropriation, often with humour to challenge the dominant narrative of art history.
Currently living and working in Berlin, he chooses to work not with the glamorous low art elements of pop art, but rather elements associated with the grim working class of suburbia where he grew up. His work carries nostalgic elements of both intimate and collective memory. By taking his materials from the real world with its popular cultural references and messy, dirty materials, Rees pushes the barriers between high and low art to move away from the hermeticism and elitism of the art world. Rees often uses materials that are not usually used for “fine art,” such as plasticine and artex. Plasticine is a putty-like modeling material used extensively for children’s play, but also as a modeling medium for sculpture. Artex is a material that was used widely in the ‘70s for house decoration to create the familiar textured finish of that period. Imbued with elements of nostalgia and cultural history, both mediums are chosen for the strong references and then used paradoxically as the actual medium for “fine art.”
Dan Rees studied at the Staatliche Hochschule fur Bildende Künste Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main 2007 through 2009 and graduated in 2004 from Camberwell College of Arts in London. Currently living and working in Berlin, he chooses to work not with the glamorous low art elements of pop art, but rather elements associated with the grim working class of suburbia where he grew up. His work carries nostalgic elements of both intimate and collective memory.