Etel Adnan: Elsewhere features new works by Etel Adnan in the artist’s first solo exhibition of prints in a London gallery. Acclaimed throughout her life for her writing, particularly her poetry, it was not until her inclusion in Documenta 13 in Germany in 2012 that she came to prominence as a visual artist. She has now been celebrated in major solo exhibitions all over the world, including San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA (2018); Zentrum Paul Klee, Lucerne, Switzerland (2018); Serpentine Galleries, London (2016); and Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2015).
More recently, Adnan has incorporated printmaking into her practice, and our exhibition features a selection of prints created over the past year and a half. The works depict landscapes of personal importance, rendered with large bands of pure colour and through recurring abstract motifs.
Adnan was born in 1925 in French-speaking Beirut to a Syrian father and a Greek mother. Her international roots and her studies in philosophy in Paris and the USA led her to a fascination with language. It was not until the artist was 36 that she turned to painting as a means of artistic expression, a move that was prompted, in part, by her decision to stop writing in French following the Algerian War in the early 1960s. Adnan’s work explores both the political and personal dimensions of her exile from familiar landscapes and languages.
For this new body of etchings, Adnan depicts mountains, skylines, sunsets, oceans, and vast stretches of land from memory.
|28 February 2019 - 30 March 2019
|Monday - Friday: 10am - 5.30pm Saturday: 11am - 2pm
|Cristea Roberts Gallery
|43 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5JG
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