Tal R Sexshops
Private View 6 – 8pm, Tuesday 19 September 2017
Exhibition 20 September – 20 December 2017
Victoria Miro, 16 Wharf Road, London N1 7RW
With their areas of flat, unmodulated colour and deceptively simple compositions, Tal R’s paintings have long questioned our conception of and presumptions about our surrounding reality – what we see and where its meaning and beauty lies. In these new works he brings a quizzical eye to the largely unconscious actions of seduction, desire and gratification. Approaching his subject matter non-judgementally, Tal R sees the sex shop façade as being metaphorically allied to the function of desire within a painting. For the artist, that which is on display is only successful in as much as it activates the imagination, hinting at something tantalisingly out of reach; in the ‘back room’ as the artist says – unseen and unknown. Keeping us on the outside is a deliberate creative strategy. Working from photographs, some sent by friends and acquaintances from around the world, Tal R is on the outside too: shut out by closed doors and frosted windows, which he paints with varying degrees of abstraction in dazzlingly seductive hues.
This autumn, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s main exhibition galleries will be filled with the impressive oeuvre of the Danish artist Tal R, recognised as one of the most active and productive artists of our time. His sources of inspiration are divergent. Tal R is also inspired by styles of other artists like Picasso, Dumas and Picabia. The other way around Tal R’s work is internationally a point of reference for many comtemporary artists. ‘Academy of Tal R’ is the first major museum retrospective of this multidisciplinairy artist.
Tal R (Tel Aviv, 1967) has boundless creative energy: he transforms everything in his environment into art. His work looks wild and vital, with a knowingly playful, almost absurdist tone. Tal R freely combines techniques and materials: he paints, draws and makes collages, sculptures and furniture. Tal R is a keen observer, who takes inspiration from reality as well as his imagination. His work fits within the northern European tradition of Edvard Munch, Asger Jorn and Georg Baselitz.
Featuring hundreds of works, ‘Academy of Tal R’ is the artist’s largest exhibition to date. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is showing impressive pieces such as ‘Deaf Institute’, more than forty sculptures and the gigantic ‘House of Prince’ (2003-05), which comprises around 200 smaller works. Many of the works are in private collections and have rarely been exhibited.
The title ‘Academy of Tal R’ should be understood as a humorous provocation, since the artist’s work is anything but academic. With a sensory display, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen invites visitors to step into the unique and vivacious world of Tal R.