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In 1923, after (un)finishing work on The Large Glass in New York, Marcel Duchamp ‘abandoned art’ and returned to Europe. Duchamp relocated to Brussels, spending a period of eight months immersed in the study of chess.
Sept 8th - Oct 20th, 2017 Project Space 57W57Arts, New York
In the Project Space, British artist Tom Hackney will present Open Ground, a new collection of monochrome paintings included in his ongoing series, Chess Paintings (2009-present). These monochromes are comprised of gesso or primers, paints that traditionally lie beneath a visible surface, where structural materiality takes precedence over an observable aesthetic. The works in this series are an examination of the challenges posed, particularly to painting, by Marcel Duchamp’s designation of a non-retinal art.
Prizewinners: Rebecca Byrne | Tom Hackney | Sophie Marritt
Kristaps Ancans | Annie Attridge | Alex Baker | Marta Bakst | Susan Berry | Rob Birch | Holly Birtles | Ryan Brown | Rebecca Byrne | Yunling Chen | Hannah Clarkson | Fiona Curran | Nikki Davidson-Bowman | Sarah Davies | Daniel Davis | Tori Day | Rodney Dee | Fiona Finnegan | Charlie Franklin | Jonathan Gabb | Emily Glass | Caroline Gorick | Laura Green | Athene Greig | Tom Hackney | Nicky Hodge | Steph Huang | Bruce Ingram | Egle Jauncems | Sarah Jenkins | Agnieszka Katz Barlow | Sarah Kogan | Sandy Layton | Maggie Learmonth | James Lomax | Dennis Low | Wayne Lucas | Sarah Macdonald | Rowan Mace | Selma Makela | Enzo Marra | Sophie Marritt | Ben McDonnell | Jane Millar | Paul David Mitchell | Anna Mortimer | Tahmina Negmat | Doireann Ni Ghrioghair | Sarah Pager | Joshua Philpott | Marion Piper | Angus Sanders-Dunnachie | Miho Sato | Laura Jane Scott | Cecilia Sjoholm | Susan Sluglett | Laura Smith | Liam Sprod | Tabitha Steinberg | Amy Stephens | Bill Stewart | Gloria Sulli | Isobel Mei Taylor | Stephan Termote | Julie Umerle | Ronis Varlaam | Rachel Warriner | Poppy Whatmore | Corey Whyte
Art in Perpetuity Trust Harold Wharf 6 Creekside Deptford London SE84SA
Saâdane Afif, Aldwyth, Caroline Bachmann, John Baldessari, Stefan Banz, Ray Beldner, Mike Bidlo, Ecke Bonk, Marcel Dzama, Pablo Echaurren, Kathleen Gilje, Tom Hackney, Rudolf Herz, Don Joint, Pamela Joseph, Larry Kagan, Alexander Kosolapov, Joseph Kosuth, Sherrie Levine, Carlo Maria Mariani, Sophie Matisse, Saul Melman, Richard Pettibone, Jonathan Santlofer, Peter Saul, Tom Shannon, Sturtevant, Douglas Vogel, Ai Weiwei, Tetsuya Yamada
Tom Hackney’s works are directly related to Marcel Duchamp’s concept of the ‘instantaneous state of rest’ but in a style of painting characteristic of the Zürich Concrete artists, not only giving the idea of ‘movement’ a new dimension but also embracing a fruitful reason for the appropriation or reanimation of abstract painting today.
FORMWORK inaugurates a series of two-person exhibitions hosted by dalla Rosa with the aim of creating a dialogue between artists that have not previously worked together but share similar interests and influences. George Charman and Tom Hackney are both based in London and have been exploring the possibilities of concrete while developing other sides of their practices, specifically drawing (Charman) and painting (Hackney). The fascination with materials and processes is a clear trait d’union that runs through their work, together with an interest in perception modelled on grids and repetition.
Corresponding Squares: Painting the Chess Games of Marcel Duchamp, is Tom Hackney’s first solo show in the United States. Hackney is a young British painter who has created geometric abstractions based on the movement of pieces in games of chess. In the case of the present exhibition, they are games played by the celebrated French artist and chess player, Marcel Duchamp. Duchamp once remarked that playing a game of chess was like making a drawing. “The chess pieces are the block alphabet which shapes thoughts,” he explained, “and these thoughts, although making a visual design on the chessboard, express their beauty abstractly, like a poem.” In Hackney’s pictures, the beauty in those games is captured and made visible in a single static image. It was Duchamp’s goal to elevate art from a purely visual experience to something more cerebral, an aspiration that Hackney unquestionably accomplishes in these paintings whose beauty is generated entirely by ideas that took place on the 64 squares of a chessboard.