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Fiona Banner creates nude studies from life, transcribing physical scenarios into verbal descriptions. These ‘wordscapes’ define the shapes and forms of the body as well as fleeting moments such as the tension in a second of shared eye contact, or a nervous finger tapping. Banner’s print is a nude study of a Paralympic Athlete. The title alludes to the extraordinary physicality of this body.
She focuses on strength and physicality but also on the fragility of a human awaiting competition. Banner says ‘I liked the idea of comparing the athlete to a superhero, with some extraordinary prosthetic gift. Looking at an athlete naked made them powerful and vulnerable at once.’
Marlene Dumas is being awarded the Rolf Schock Prize in the Visual Arts for “her unique ability to depict human vulnerability and greatness, in painted works that do not shrink from showing adversity. With empathy and critical discernment, she brings issues of race, ethnocentrism, gender and sexuality to the fore”.
The Rolf Schock Prizes are triennial and are awarded in the fields of logic and philosophy, mathematics, the visual arts and musical arts. The prizes are awarded by The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, The Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts and The Royal Swedish Academy of Music.
Festival d’Automne, Paris
5 October – 4 November 2012
This exhibition will be presented in Oscar Niemeyer’s iconic building for the French Communist Party. It takes the form of a set of illuminated signs that use text, typography, light sources and electricity to conjure a renewal of human aspirations.
MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK
30 September –27 November 2011
Anna Barriball’s first major survey exhibition, brings together drawing, video, photography and sculpture made over the last decade.
This exhibition will travel to The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh from 20 January – 1 April 2012.
Whitechapel Gallery, London
16 September – 4 December 2011
This display of over 70 works has been selected by Cornelia Parker from the Government Art Collection. Titled after a mnemonic used to remember the colours of the rainbow, the display includes works from across the colour spectrum.
Image: Daniel Mytens, Lady Anne Motague, 1626
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