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On Paper


On Paper

On Paper is a new Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition.  Paper is the subject of this exhibition, rather than the often overlooked support for drawings. It has been made into three-dimensional objects by Karla Black, Lesley Foxcroft and Gareth Jones, as well as burnt, torn and cut by artists such as Roger Ackling, Cornelia Parker, Tim Davies and Simon Periton.

Collage has been a well-known way of working for over a hundred years, and John Stezaker, Ian Breakwell and Eduardo Paolozzi have cut and pasted works using newsprint, postcards and photographs. Artists such as James Richards, Anna Barriball, Wolfgang Tillmans and Langlands & Bell have created paper works which have been rubbed, folded and embossed.

For some artists, the choice of a particular paper was an important consideration, and these include graph paper (Bridget Riley, Kenneth Martin), headed paper (Jason Coburn), an old envelope (Margaret Mellis), ordnance survey map (Tony Carter), blotting paper (Eleanor Wood) and corrugated card (Prunella Clough). Finally, a small group of artists have drawn paper itself in the form of theatre tickets, books and cards (Derek Boshier, Tania Kovats and Kate Davis).

The Arts Council Collection is the largest loan collection of modern and contemporary British art and includes fine examples of work by this country’s most prominent artists. It was founded in 1946 and is managed by the Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre in London on behalf of Arts Council England and is based at the Hayward Gallery and at Longside at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.  #IMAG #OnPaper


Image: Damien Hirst, Relationships, 1991, box, glass, water, ping-pong ball and certificate.
© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd.  All rights reserved, DACS 2015.  Courtesy Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London

25 May – 14 July: Art Galleries