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The Indiscipline of Painting

Spring Exhibition: The Indiscipline of Painting

The Indiscipline of Painting is an international group exhibition including works by forty-nine artists from the 1960s to now. Selected by British painter Daniel Sturgis, the exhibition considers how abstraction has remained a site of urgent, relevant and critical enquiry for generations of artists over the last 50 years. The exhibition goes on to demonstrate the ways in which the history and legacy of abstract painting continues to inspire artists working today.

This is an incredibly rare opportunity to see paintings by historical and contemporary figures. The show brings together works by British, American and European artists made over the last five decades and features major new commissions and loans. It includes important works by Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Michael Craig-Martin and Bridget Riley alongside younger artists such as Tomma Abts, Tauba Auerbach, Jacob Kassay and Cheyney Thompson.

The exhibition at Mead Gallery will also feature a new commission by Swiss artist Francis Baudevin.

The Indiscipline of Painting is a collaborative project between Mead Gallery and Tate St Ives, where it opened on 8 October 2011. Arriving at the Mead Gallery from 14 Jan until 10 Mar,the exhibition also draws on the particular context of the significant colour-field abstract paintings which the University of Warwick has collected over the last 50 years, and which are on display across campus.

An events series, including talks, symposia, school tours and family workshops will take place throughout the exhibition.

Mead Gallery and Tate St Ives gratefully acknowledge the support of Arts Council England, The Henry Moore Foundation, The Higher Education Funding Council, and the Swiss Cultural Fund in Britain.

Opening Party: Friday 13 Jan 6.30pm. Everyone welcome!

Events

Saturday 21 January, 10.00 am
Special preview and exhibition tour
The gallery will be open early on this Saturday morning. Come along for a curator’s talk followed by a tour of the University of Warwick Collection, focusing on abstract paintings.

Tuesday 31 January 4.30 - 5.30
Abstract painting in the University Art Collection
A tour of abstract paintings on the University campus.

Tuesday 31 January, 6.30 pm
Daniel Sturgis: The Indiscipline of Painting
Artist and curator Daniel Sturgis will discuss the genesis of this exhibition within the context of his own practice as an artist.

Saturday 11 February, 10 am
Special preview and exhibition tour
The gallery will be open early on this Saturday morning. Come along for a curator’s talk followed by a tour of the University of Warwick Collection, focusing on abstract paintings.

Tuesday 21 February, 6pm
Bernard Frize in conversation with Jeremy Lewison
Bernard Frize is regarded as one of the most important international contemporary artists and was awarded the Fred Thieler Prize for Painting in 2011. In a rare appearance he discusses his work with Jeremy Lewison, formerly Director of Collections of Tate.

Saturday 3 March, 10 am
Special preview and exhibition tour
The gallery will be open early on this Saturday morning. Come along for a curator’s talk followed by a tour of the University of Warwick Collection, focusing on abstract paintings.

Saturday 3 March, 2pm
Bob Nickas: The Trouble with Harry
US art critic Bob Nickas has curated over 80 exhibitions. From 2003 and 2006 he served as curatorial advisor for PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, one of the world's oldest and largest organisations devoted solely to contemporary art. His book Painting Abstraction: New Elements in Abstract Painting was published in 2009. Bob Nickas will discuss the continued vitality of abstract painting which, like the eponymous Harry in Hitchcock’s film, refuses to be dead and buried.

All events are free but places are limited. Booking is essential to reserve a place. Please contact Warwick Arts Centre Box Office, telephone: 024 76 524 524 or visit www.warwickartscentre.co.uk.

Knit, Stitch and Crochet Club

Thursday Evenings (Restarts on the 19th January 2012)

6 – 7 pm

Bring your sewing, knitting and crochet and meet other textile enthusiasts. Swap ideas, learn new techniques, share experiences, talk and laugh. Everyone with an interest in textiles welcome, young or old, male or female.

For more information please contact the Box Office 024765 24524

Family Art Workshops

Our resident artist Nadia will run family workshops on Saturday afternoons to help parents and children explore abstract painting:

Marks to Music
Sat 21 Jan 2012, 1pm-2:30pm
Experiment with inks, pencils, paints and move to a variety of music. Let the marks do the dancing...

Optical Illusions
Sat 28 Jan 2012, 1pm-2:30pm
Get playful with blocks of colour and shapes. Create images and sculptures that move and play tricks with your eyes.

Canvas Collage
Sat 4 Feb 2012, 1pm-2:30pm
Slice up paintings to create new surprising works of art. Piece together the bits to make a brand new masterpiece!

A Moment in Colour
Sat 18 Feb 2012, 1pm-2:30pm
Paint big, bold and bright pictures! Have a go at expressing your emotions in colour using thick strokes of paint.

Faces, Faces, Faces
Sat 3 Mar 2012, 1pm-2:30pm
Use splodges, spirals, squares and circles to capture yourself or another person in paint.

Outdoor 3D Collage
Sat 10 Mar 2012, 1pm-2:30pm
Take inspiration from the sculpture on campus to create huge geometric 3D collages that stand taller than you!

All workshops are suitable for age 6+

£3.50 per child (accompanying adult free). Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets available in advance or on the day from Box Office on 024 7652 4524