The Ends of Collage

The Ends of Collage Luxembourg and Dayan

Jean Arp, John Baldessari, André Breton, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Mark Flood, Jack Goldstein, Richard Hamilton, Ellsworth Kelly, Lee Krasner, Louise Lawler, René Magritte, Pablo Picasso, Sigmar Polke, Elizabeth Price, Richard Prince, Robert Rauschenberg, Kurt Schwitters and John Stezaker.

The Ends of Collage refers both literally and metaphorically to the place where collage fulfills its calling — at the ends or edges of pictures and fragments, where separate worlds come together or break apart from one another. However, the notion of ‘ends’ also implies a more provocative proposition: that collage can be seen as a radical historical event that ended, as the concept of ‘cut and paste’ gradually infiltrated the mainstream language of all visual communication.

The exhibition spans over a hundred years of collage-making, juxtaposing early experiments from the first decades of the 20th century with later technical and conceptual innovations produced by artists who found themselves operating at the dawn of the digital age in the 1970s and 1980s, through to works from the present day. It departs from the well-rehearsed historical narrative that is commonly accepted through such conventional categories as Cubism, Dada, Surrealism, and so on, to re-approach collage as a set of technical and conceptual gestures that continuously disrupt the reality in which they engage.

The exhibition follows some of the more thematic ends of collage: such as the medium’s restless pursuit of fantastic worlds; its inherent relationship with the domestic sphere; its insistence on disfiguring and dismembering the human body; and its violent relationship with its own sources of materials and inspirations.

Duration 10 March 2017 - 13 May 2017
Times Tuesday-Friday 11am - 5pm Saturday 12-4pm
Cost Free
Venue Luxembourg and Dayan
Address 2 Savile Row, London, W1S 3PA
Contact 020 7734 1266 / /