"…the National Galleries of Scotland’s NOW series of contemporary group shows…have proved surprising and revelatory, never pandering to the predictable. NOW 4 is no exception."
NOW is a series of contemporary art exhibitions displayed across the ground floor at Modern One. At the centre of the fourth instalment was a major survey of work by the Turner Prize nominated artist Monster Chetwynd.
Known primarily for her exuberant performances that feature multiple props, costumes and collaborators, Chetwynd’s presentation included new and existing collages, paintings and performance videos. The exhibition also brought together new and recent work by four other artists whose approach to making is connected to Chetwynd’s through a shared desire to challenge convention. These included new collages and paintings by Edinburgh based Moyna Flannigan, a video installation by Glasgow based Henry Coombes, and the first ever major presentations in Scotland of installation and video work by American Betye Saar and Egyptian Wael Shawky.
The NOW programme was made possible thanks to the support of the National Galleries of Scotland Foundation, Kent and Vicki Logan, Walter Scott and Partners Limited, Robert and Nicky Wilson, The Ampersand Foundation and other donors who wish to remain anonymous.
Image: Monster Chetwynd, Bat Opera (2014). Image © The artist, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London and Massimo de Carlo, Milan.
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