The permanent collection galleries at Tate Modern will feature ARTIST ROOMS displays dedicated to Diane Arbus, Joseph Beuys and Jenny Holzer.
Following an important display in 2010 of work by the master photographer August Sander, the gallery will present an extended display of photographs by Diane Arbus whose practice was influenced by Sander’s direct approach in which he recorded both the diversity of humankind and the universality of the human condition. The display will offer viewers the opportunity to see a wide range of Arbus’s photographs. Made from the mid-1950s onwards – when she gave up fashion photography in favour of her own assignments – the artist produced a body of work which was described in 1967 as ‘not aiming to reform life, but to know it’. Please note: this display will close in November 2011.
A major ongoing display devoted to Joseph Beuys features works from the early 1980s, many of which formed part of an exhibition entitled Zeitgeist held in 1982 at the Martin-Gropius Bau, Berlin. There, Beuys installed a huge mound of clay and surrounded it with sculptures as well as furniture, tools and other items taken from his studio. He later cast elements to create the installation Lightning with Stag in its Glare. This display brings together this monumental work, alongside major pieces from ARTIST ROOMS which also featured in the 1982 show.
Also on show will be Jenny Holzer’s monumental work BLUE PURPLE TILT 2007, an LED installation that offers a retrospective of some of the artists most important text series, including statements from Truisms (1977-79), Arno (1996), Blue (1998), and selections from Inflammatory Essays (1979-82), Living (1980-82), Survival (1983-85), and Under A Rock (1986).
Image: Jenny Holzer, BLUE PURPLE TILT (2007)
© 2009 Jenny Holzer / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.