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
John Smith - Solo Show
19 March – 13 April 2010, Royal College of Art Galleries, London
Much loved for their wit, formal ingenuity and use of storytelling, Smith's films are as much influenced by the humour of Monty Python as the theories of avant-garde filmmaking. Acknowledging that much of Smith’s work has rarely been shown in a gallery context, a comprehensive selection will be shown together in the RCA galleries.
This exhibition offers an opportunity for Smith to return to the RCA where he began making films as a student in the 1970s. _place_holder; The artist will work closely with the students to create an exhibition that reveals the multiple sensibilities which run throughout his practice. _place_holder; _place_holder; Rarely seen early films will be shown in the company of more recent work and the exhibition design will emphasise the narrative and structural devices used within Smith’s work. A programme of talks and events will complement the show, providing a focused, in-depth reflection upon individual works.
Accompanying the exhibition will be a new catalogue on Smith’s practice with critical texts, an extended interview with the artist and a visual essay. _place_holder; A second publication will follow in June focusing on the solo show as an exhibition format. _place_holder; Comprised of research through interviews and historical analysis it will also reflect on the making of the exhibition and include documentation of Smith’s work.
John Smith was born in London in 1952 and studied film at the Royal College of Art. _place_holder; Since 1972 he has made over forty film, video and installation works that have been shown in cinemas, art galleries and on television throughout the world and awarded major prizes at many international film festivals. Recent solo exhibitions include Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2006), Kunstmuseum Magdeburg (2005) and Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool (2003). Smith lives and works in London. He teaches part-time at the University of East London where he is Professor of Fine Art. He is represented by Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin.