Avis Newman

born 1946

Avis Newman, ‘Compass’ 1992–3
Compass 1992–3
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Avis Newman (born 1946, London) is an English painter and sculptor.

Newman's drawings and large un-stretched canvases document her contemplative and intuitive investigation of the subconscious. Since the early 1980s she has been primarily associated with large-scale, minimalist drawings on un-stretched canvas - usually pinned directly to the gallery walls for display. Avis had her first solo exhibition at Matt's Gallery, London, in 1982.

Her work has been the subject of numerous national and international exhibitions including The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, 1988, Works, Casa Masaccio, Arezzo, Italy 1994; Saatchi Gallery, London 1994; Camden Arts Centre, London 1996; Lisson Gallery, London 1998; The National Gallery in Prague, 1999; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney 2003; National Museum of Art, Kaunas, Lithuania, 2004; IMMA Collection, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland Collage, London/New York’, Fred Gallery, London, UK, 2009; On Line: Drawing through the Twentieth Century at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA 2010; Drawing of the World, World of Drawing, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea 2010; The Moscow Biennale 5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia 2013; The Gallery at Norwich University of the Arts, Norwich, UK 2013; Mummery + Schnelle Gallery, London, UK 2014; Tate Modern, London, UK 2015; the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK 2017; A Very Special Place: Ikon in the 1990s, Birmingham, UK 2021; The Weight of Souls I, Studio M Project Space, Maureen Paley Gallery, London, UK; 2021

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