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奈杰尔 库克

Nigel Cooke

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Installation view.

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Installation view.

Nigel Cooke Salome, 2016 . Oil on Linen Backed with Sailcloth , 230 cm x 220 cm x 5.2 cm (90-9/16" x 86-5/8" x 2-1/16") © 2016 Nigel Cooke.

Nigel Cooke Salome, 2016 . Oil on Linen Backed with Sailcloth , 230 cm x 220 cm x 5.2 cm (90-9/16" x 86-5/8" x 2-1/16") © 2016 Nigel Cooke.

Installation view.

Installation view.

Nigel Cooke Spanish Blossom, 2016 . Oil on linen backed with sailcloth, 220 cm x 210 cm (86-5/8" x 82-11/16").

Nigel Cooke Spanish Blossom, 2016 . Oil on linen backed with sailcloth, 220 cm x 210 cm (86-5/8" x 82-11/16").

Nigel Cooke Roman Willow (Night Swimmer), 2016 . Oil on linen backed with sailcloth, 230 cm x 220 cm (90-9/16" x 86-5/8").

Nigel Cooke Roman Willow (Night Swimmer), 2016 . Oil on linen backed with sailcloth, 230 cm x 220 cm (90-9/16" x 86-5/8").
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About 奈杰尔 库克

奈杰尔·库克(1973年生于英国曼彻斯特)以他独特和具复杂性的画作而著名,在主题上探索创造性劳动、个体意识、艺术史、消费文化与自然环境之间的契合点。 主要学术展览包括有爱尔兰都柏林的道格拉斯·海德画廊、瑞典斯德哥尔摩当代美术馆、德克萨斯州沃斯堡的现代艺术博物馆、英国伦敦的南伦敦画廊、英国泰特美术馆。 库克的画作也被展出在许多大型国际收藏机构中,包括英国泰特美术馆、伦敦英国文化协会、纽约古根汉美术馆、洛杉矶当代艺术馆、加州大学洛杉矶分校汉莫博物馆、达拉斯艺术博物馆、布里斯班的昆士兰美术馆和瑞典斯德哥尔摩当代美术馆
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Press Release

  • Nigel Cooke

    London—Pace London is pleased to announce Roman Willow, an exhibition of new paintings by Nigel Cooke. The exhibition will be on view at 6 Burlington Gardens from 21 September through 22 October 2016.

    Cooke’s exhibition coincides with the release of a major new monograph, published by Phaidon, which will survey the artist’s career and feature new essays by Marie Darrieussecq and Tony Godfrey, an interview between the artist and Darian Leader and a selection of Cooke’s writing. To celebrate the book, Pace and Phaidon will host a conversation between the artist and [TBD] on [TBD] at the gallery. Pace will also publish a new catalogue to accompany the exhibition.

    In his first exhibition in London since 2013, Cooke presents a drastic departure from his earlier work. Purging the sort of nihilistic imagery and motifs that had developed as recognizable trademarks of his practice, the new body of paintings pursues a more poetic sensibility founded in the impressionistic and sensorial. In his new body of paintings, Cooke takes inspiration from his local environment and places such as Córdoba, Formentera, Rome and the Italian Alps. He paints these scenes not as they appear but as he remembers them, working in a highly intuitive manner to transform his memory of the textures and feelings of a place into a constellation of marks that form into an evocative image. The paintings eschew realism, privileging landscapes and space that vibrate with the energy and passion of lived experience.

    The new paintings are characterized by wraith-like figures—mostly female, many children—amidst sensorial landscapes. Smouldering logs, sunburnt grass and wisps of smoke emanate a palpable sense of sound, smell and temperature. These images attain their effect largely from Cooke’s instinctual and highly physical handling of paint, which endows it with an elemental quality. This quality of the paint adds an emotional resonance to the natural elements of the paintings, particularly the fires blazing on felled trees that recur across this group of work. Within the space of the image, the fire assumes a binary function, warming the figures while also possibly threatening them. Yet the physicality of the fire exceeds these determinations, projecting a sense of ardour and pulsing life that lies in the genesis of the works.

    This sense of vitality is echoed in the presence of musical instruments played by the figures, which resonates with the sense of sound and smell captured in the landscapes. The suggestion of songs that cannot be heard introduces an enigmatic quality. It similarly underlines the inherent musicality in each work and emphasizes the way Cooke pushes at the expressive potential of painting, opening it to all of the senses.

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Catalogues

NIGEL COOKE: ROMAN WILLOW

Andrew Hibbard

2016. Pace London. Paperback

44 pages: 15 color illustrations; 11 x 9 inches

9781909406216