Wednesday 10 June
7.00 - 7.45pm
Mark Godfrey, Curator of International Art at Tate Modern, leads an exhibition talk on Jo Baer. Looking at Baer’s works from the 1960s and 1970s, this talk contextualises her current exhibition Towards the Land of the Giants within works from her Minimalist period.
Baer's current show centres on her most recent series of paintings, In the Land of the Giants. This series, developed since 2009, reflects on her life-long interest in history and science. Inspired by Palaeolithic cave paintings, Baer saw in these ancient marks, with their instilled meaning, a midway between abstraction and figuration. Baer (b. 1929) is considered one of the key figures in the Minimalist art movement in New York during the 60s and early 70s. In 1983, she dramatically announced ‘I am no longer an abstract artist’.
Mark Godfrey has curated major exhibitions of work by American, German, British, Mexican and Italian artists at Tate, including Roni Horn a.k.a. Roni Horn (2009); Francis Alys: A Story of Deception (2010); Gerhard Richter: Panorama (2011); Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan (2012); Richard Hamilton (2014) and Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963–2010 (2014). Godfrey has curated the current exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery, The Production Line of Happiness: Christopher Williams.
Full price: £4
Friend and concession: £3