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House Work Comes to Victoria Miro Mayfair
House Work, a group exhibition of paintings looking at the home from the perspective of artists spanning the 1920s to the present day, will take place at Victoria Miro Mayfair on 25 January – 18 March 2017.
The exhibition will feature both historical and contemporary depictions of houses and other dwellings, from the lone rural house to the urban structure, while also giving rise to thoughts and considerations of the 'home' as a social construct, idea or state of mind.
Hernan Bas, Preferring the out to the indoor night, 2010
From childhood homes, to holiday homes, haunted houses to dream homes, the paintings, drawn from life, memory, imagination and the media, depict traces of activity and human influences and reveal ideas of the house as not just as a physical shelter, but also a place where one pins memories, feelings and states of being - a place of rootedness, territory, safety, privacy, an escape, a source of hope, or loss, and somewhere we seek to define ourselves.
Featured artists in the exhibition include Mamma Andersson, Jules de Balincourt, Hernan Bas, Marc Chagall, Peter Doig, Adrian Ghenie, David Harrison, Karen Kilimnik, John Kørner, LS Lowry, Alice Neel, Celia Paul, Grayson Perry, Tal R, David Rayson, George Shaw and Cy Twombly.
Alice Neel's 1935 painting, Belmar, New Jersey, depicts a house in which she spent the summer of 1934 accompanied by her parents and her daughter, Isabetta. The painting gives little away about the sadness and turbulence of her life during the period but exerts an uneasy calm.
Peter Doig's Untitled (Kricket), 1999, shares a sense of ambiguity, through the image of a house with blacked out windows, dwarfed by a large pool - a void that heightens a sense of uncertainty and accentuates a psychological dimension.
Karen Kilinik's In The summer house of Apollo in the French countryside outside of Paris, 2016, paints a historical view of the rear façade of the former home of Empress Joséphine that appears to exist between realms of fact, fiction, fantasy and illusion.
The exhibition coincides with the gallery’s first exhibition of works by Do Ho Suh, at Wharf Road (1 February – 18 March 2017). Suh has long ruminated over the idea of home as both a physical structure and a lived experience, the boundaries of identity and the connection between the individual and the group across global cultures.