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Ellen Gallagher at the Tate Modern

Sigmund Freud takes notes: In Ellen Gallagher’s collage Odalisque, the founder of psychoanalysis probes the psyche of the U.S. artist. This work is an appropriate starting point for AxME, Gallagher’s first retrospective in Great Britain. In the Tate Modern, around 100 works from 20 years coalesce into a shimmering cosmos in constant transformation which can make the viewer giddy. The exhibition is tantamount to an obsessive journey into the artist’s world of ideas and into the abyss of African American history. Deutsche Bank supported the show with an important loan, the collage La Chinoise from 2008. The title is taken from Jean Luc Godard’s Marxist-inspired scandal film from 1967.

Like the French director, Gallagher is also a master of montage. She draws on myriad sources, including science fiction, archive material, and relics of pop culture. Advertising images from African American lifestyle magazines that Gallagher grotesquely distorts with beads, rhinestones, and plasticine wigs burgeon between grid structures typical of Minimal Art. Unusual techniques such as photogravure, tattoo, and gold leaf inlay give these works a powerful aesthetic effect. With subversive humor, they trace repressed aspects of African American history, racist patterns that latently run through art and daily life. Apart from major works such as the 60-part portfolio DeLuxe (2004-5), with which Gallagher is represented in the Deutsche Bank Collection, and the film installation Murmur (2003-4), the Tate is also showing her most recent works, including the series Morphia (2008-12). The two-page aquarelles with forms between abstraction and figuration are presented between glass panes, attesting to Gallagher’s enduring fascination with the process of transformation.

Ellen Gallagher: AxME
Tate Modern, London
5/5 – 9/1/2013

Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere
10/11/2013 – 2/9/2014

Haus der Kunst, Munich
2/26  – 6/1/2014

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