Making Traces

  • Tate Modern : Display
    Magda Cordell and Lee Bul

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    Magda Cordell and Lee Bul each find different ways of investigating the trace of the body. Cordell opens the body to energetic scrutiny, where Bul’s constructed wearable sculpture takes the body to new and fantastical extremes

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    Trace

    Open daily

    This display explores traces of the body through the concern of being an existential ‘being in the world’, a heightened awareness of the separateness of experience. Some artists express the physical action of traces through leaving marks on the canvas as a sign of the artist’s presence

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    Piero Manzoni, 'Achrome' 1958
    Monochromes

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    This room brings together abstract paintings from the mid to late 1950s, in which the use of a single colour allows a greater emphasis on the physical process of making

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    Mark Rothko, 'Black on Maroon' 1958
    Mark Rothko

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    Mark Rothko saw the Seagram series as objects of contemplation. They are installed in the space as the artist intended, in reduced light and in a compact space, the subtlety of the layered surfaces slowly emerges, revealing their solemn and meditative character

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    Rebecca Horn, 'Cockfeather Mask' 1973
    Rebecca Horn

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    Rebecca Horn’s early work focussed on the limits and possibilities of human anatomy. She has returned to the subject in a recent series of drawings whose mark-making echoes the scale and movements of her own body

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    Albert Oehlen, 'Loa' 2007
    Painting after Technology

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    This display brings together a selection of paintings from the last decade or so, reflecting on the process of mark-making in a period of radical technological change. Many of these artists are also concerned with working within or against the established traditions of abstraction

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    Jacques Mahé de la Villeglé, 'Jazzmen' 1961
    Torn Papers and Walls Paper

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    This room brings together three approaches to abstract art that draw upon the material traces of the modern city. The artists in this display have all embedded their art in the materials and structures of the city, an urban fabric of rips, gouges and ruins

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    Sam Francis, 'Around the Blues' 1957/62
    Sam Francis and Brett Weston

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    Two American artists working in different media, painter Sam Francis and photographer Brett Weston each explored the relationship between landscape and abstraction. Weston looked for abstraction in the everyday landscape, whereas Francis explored colour and mark-making on a large scale

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    Gerhard Richter

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    The six paintings in this room were conceived by Gerhard Richter as a coherent group, named after the American avant-garde composer John Cage. Like his earlier squeegee abstractions, the Cage paintings are the outcome of several layers of painting and erasure

Citizens and States

Material Worlds

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    Marisa Merz and El Anatsui

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    This display looks at the work of Marisa Merz and El Anastui and how they ave explored industrial materials and techniques, adapted craft skills, and put the throwaway products of consumer society to new uses

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    Magdalena Abakanowicz, 'Embryology' 1978-80
    Magadalena Abakanowicz

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    Magdalena Abakanowicz’s cocoon-like objects reflect her interest in biological systems, organic matter and regeneration, topics she discussed with scientists in her native Poland

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    Kurt Schwitters, 'Picture of Spatial Growths - Picture with Two Small Dogs' 1920-39
    Assemblage

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    The technique of combining different materials for decorative or artistic purposes was adapted by twentieth-century artists to encompass the discarded and overlooked by-products of industrial society. This display references assemblages within cubism and surrealism

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    Marcel Duchamp, 'Fountain' 1917, replica 1964
    Fountain 1917 Marcel Duchamp

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    Fountain is the most famous of Marcel Duchamp’s so-called ‘readymades’ – an ordinary manufactured object that has been designated by the artist as a work of art. Find out why this is one of the most influential works of the twentieth centry and visit this display

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    Louise Nevelson, 'Black Wall' 1959
    Louise Nevelson

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    Made from packing crates, old furniture and scrap timber, these intricate constructions exemplify the assemblage techniques of sculptor Louise Nevelson

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    Sheela Gowda

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    This display of Sheela Gowda’s large-scale installation Behold consists of two contrasting materials, steel car bumpers and knotted human hair

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    Gustav Metzger, 'Liquid Crystal Environment' 1965, remade 2005
    Gustav Metzger

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    This display looks at the work of Gustav Metzger, who uses unstable materials and chemical reactions to create artworks that embody processes of change, destruction and renewal

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    Frank Bowling, 'Spreadout Ron Kitaj' 1984-6
    Expanded Painting

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    This display explores how artists brought about radical approaches to painting following the Second World War, including Niki de Saint Phalle who shoot at canvases embedded with paint-filled balloons

Media Networks

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    Umberto Boccioni, 'Unique Forms of Continuity in Space' 1913, cast 1972
    Modern Times

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    The works in this room reflect the excitement and anxiety of modern urban life. In 1909, the futurist poet F.T. Marinetti urged artists and writers to celebrate technology’s transformation of the world

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    Boris Orlov, 'Bouquet in Imperial Style' 1988
    Pop Myths

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    This room brings together Pop artists from across the world who borrow images from the mass media to reflect on social and political issues

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    Anna Bella Geiger 'Our Daily Bread' 1978
    Systems and Communication

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    This room brings together a number of artists who explore ideas around organisational systems, communications and mass media.The artists included have all been associated with the Centre of Art and Communication (Centro de Arte y Comunicación or CAyC) in Buenos Aires

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    Marlene Dumas, 'Stern' 2004
    Painting and Mass Media

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    This display features painters working today who use images from the mass media as a source of inspiration, including Marlene Dumas and Luc Tuymans

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    Hito Steyerl

    Open daily

    Hito Steyerl’s installation explores today’s ‘world made of pictures’, and how and why we might hide within it. Steyerl works across video and installation, as well as delivering performative lectures