derekwadsworth.com is thrilled to presentSphinx of black quartz, judge my vow, a show that explores aspects of allegory, joke-telling and narrative postures in painting today. A pangram is a sentence designed to encompass all letters of the alphabet. “The fast brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” is one such. The show’s title is another. Plenty of pangrams originated approximately the nearby of the nineteenth century together memorable unit volume for exercise in typing and printing. Pangrams have actually the dual character of combine a practical formalism through a recourse to narrative as a memory aid, or mnemonic. Sphinx of black color quartz, referee my vow is a display that to compare this duality v currents in painting concerned with storytelling.The centrepiece that the display is advertisement Reinhardt’s 1944 succession ‘How to draw political cartoons’.Understood retrospectively together a crucial figure in twentieth-century painting through his extraordinary twin tracking of hardcore abstraction and also engaged cartooning, Reinhardt have the right to be regarded as a paradoxical support of allegory and also joke-telling as resources essential to art’s self-descriptions. Sphinx of black quartz, judge my vow comprises works by Alan Michael, Alison Yip, Barbara Wesolowska, Gunter Reski, john Chilver, Jonathan Clark, Josefine Reisch and Julia Dubsky presented alongside advertisement Reinhardt.

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OPENING Wednesday 9 December, 3 – 8pm


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How to draw Political Cartoons, PM, brand-new York, second April 1944Ad Reinhardtwas born in Buffalo, NY in 1913 and also died the heart failure in 1967. His anti-expressive paints of the 1950s and also 60s anticipated minimalism. That had regular solo mirrors at Betty Parsons Gallery, brand-new York most years in between 1946 and 1960. Together his appointment to summary painting, Reinhardt released cartoons, frequently satirizing the arts world. Indigenous 1942 come 1947 he contributed cartoons come the new York City everyday newspaper afternoon (‘Picture Magazine’). A survey of his writings, Art as Art, was published in 1975. He will be the topic of a retrospective at Fundaçion Juan March, Madrid in 2021.
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Baseball Cap (2016), oil on canvas, 84 x 116 cm, Courtesy HIGH ART, ParisAlan Michael’s(b Glasgow, lives in London) work concentrates on indexes that social value as content in art and also typically provides negatives or placeholders to stand for this phenomenon. Recent solo shows incorporate Stars that the Source, 3236RLS/ Le Bourgeois, London, 2019; Astrology and the City, cell Projects, London, 2018; civilization Puzzle, january Kaps, Cologne, 2018.
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Eiffel (2020), oil top top canvas on board, 18 x 13 cm Alison Yip(b Calgary, stays in Berlin and Brussels) works with painting, wall treatments, writing and also sculpture as means of containing the dissociative and dispersed nature of our cognitive apparatus and our relationships. Recent solo shows include Bare heel Country, Dortmunder Kunstverein, present 2020-21; I experienced A Crow, Orca was I, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver, 2020; The great Listener, Plat, Amsterdam, 2019; Truly, Madly, deep (Multi-purpose art complex), Beursschouwburg, Brussels, 2019.
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Untitled (2018), oil ~ above canvas 40 x 40 centimeter In her densely wrought paintings,Barbara Wesolowska(b Wroclaw, resides in London) fuses faces, spaces and also bodies to suggest itineraries with overlapping relationships. Current shows incorporate Mirror that Impalpable Nudity, GAO Gallery, London, 2020; The Vapours, Kunstverein Bamberg, 2020; In the Flesh, Peles Empire, Berlin, 2019; A Wind in the Door, Runpeltstiltskin, brand-new York, 2019; lean Days the Determination, Lima Zulu, London, 2018.
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from left come right: The past is still a an extremely Hungry animal (2012) combined media ~ above paper, 42 x 30 cm; Autumn (2013) oil top top paper, 42 x 30 cm; Untitled (1995) watercolour top top paper, 42 x 30 cm Gunter Reski(b Bochum, lives in Berlin) paints “language images” (in the expression of Hans-Jürgen Hafner) in i beg your pardon verbal and visual jokes, paradoxes and also entanglements are spun and also interwoven. Current solo shows encompass Organwanderung jetzt, Galerie Nagel Draxler, Cologne, 2018; Temporäre Haut, Galerie Karin Guenther, Hamburg, 2019; Trennungen bei Wörtern und Menschen, Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie, Bielefeld, 2020, and also Galerie Nagel Draxler, Berlin, forthcoming 2021.
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The advantages of Backwardness (2018 – 2020), oil top top canvas, 30 x 25.3 cm InJohn Chilver’s(b London, resides in London) present images, gestures the didactic instruction room treated equally together noise and also signal. Recent solo shows encompass Xero, Kline & Coma, London, 2018; The near Abroads, Atlas House, Ipswich, 2019; and The step of Instruction, Coleman Projects, London, (forthcoming) 2021.
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The Pitch and the Patch (2020), acrylic top top panel, 52 x 40 centimeter
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A Slippery Slope (2020), acrylic on panel, 29.7 x 21 centimeter Jonathan Clark’s(b Southampton, lives in London) work explores the object of paint as a version of itself. Scenes of personal anecdote, art-historical deduction, and also pop-cultural intrigue play the end on panels that encourage the announcement of their own parameters. His solo mirrors have contained Early Life and Education, derekwadsworth.com, London, 2018 and also A Fitter Background, Goldsmiths Gallery, London, 2015
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A twin Whodunnit (Dido) (2020), oil and metal leaf on canvas, 80 x 50 centimeter Josefine Reisch(b Berlin, stays in Berlin) examines biographical histories in relation to portraiture in her current work, especially with regard come gender and also the connotations of styles of photo framing and also architectural decoration. Recent solo and also duo shows encompass plus que moi, Kunsthaus NRW, Aachen- Kornelimünster, 2016; lovers II/ Houseworming with Philip Seibel, Sundy, London, 2019; Framing, Galerie boy name Klink, Berlin, 2020.

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Smut Books (2020), pencil and ink on paper, both 21 x 14.5 x 1.5 centimeter Julia Dubsky(b Dublin, lives in Berlin) makes pictures that dwell in the interzones in between perception, memory, fantasy, naming and also depiction. These are regularly initiated and provoked by writing inventories of item which are then encountered throughout the improvisation of the image. Recent solo shows encompass The Marshland Akimbo, Amanda Wilkinson Gallery, London, 2019 and also Salon of an excellent Time, Residency Studio, temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, 2018.