Tate Modern Exhibition

A Bigger Splash: Painting after Performance

Pinot Gallizio Documentation, Industrial Painting c1958

Helena Almeida Inhabited Painting 1975

Jack Hazan A Bigger Splash 1974 Courtesy Jack Hazan and David Mingay, distributed by the British Film Institute © Buzzy Enterprises Ltd.

Niki de Saint Phalle Shooting Picture 1961

Jack Smith Unknown Title 1961–62 © Jack Smith Archive CORE A Bigger Splash

Marc Camille Chaimowicz Jean Cocteau… 2003–8 Courtesy the artist and Cabinet, London

Ana Mendieta, ‘Untitled (Self-Portrait with Blood)’ 1973
Ana Mendieta
Untitled (Self-Portrait with Blood) 1973
© The estate of Ana Mendieta, courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York

This exhibition will take a new look at the dynamic relationship between performance and painting since 1950. Contrasting key paintings by Jackson Pollock and David Hockney, the exhibition considers two different approaches to the idea of the canvas as an arena in which to act: one gestural, the other one theatrical. The paintings of the Vienna Actionists or the Shooting Pictures of Niki de St Phalle will be re-presented within the performance context that they were made, and juxtaposed with works by artists such as Cindy Sherman or Jack Smith that used the face and body as a surface, often using make-up in work dealing with gender role-play. The exhibition proposes a new way of looking at the work of a number of younger artists whose approach to painting is energised by these diverse historical sources, drawing upon action painting, drag and the idea of the stage set.

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Tate Shots: Lucy McKenzie in A Bigger Splash 

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TateShots: Lucy McKenzie in A Bigger Splash

TateShots: Yves Klein – Anthropometries

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TateShots: Yves Klein - Anthropometries

Some films in this exhibition include scenes of an adult nature. For further information please contact the gallery by emailing visiting.modern@tate.org.uk or calling 0207 887 8888

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14 November 2012 – 1 April 2013

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