Ellen Gallagher: AxME


Gallagher is an American artist who currently lives and works in Rotterdam. This exhibition at the Tate Modern brings together around 100 works displaying a broad variety of techniques and materials.

While there is both technical and thematic diversity in her work, the common thread that connects the eclectic displays is one of race. Gallager's references include minstrelsy, afrofuturism, and the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment. The latter is the subject of An Experiment of Unusual Opportunity, a particularly dark and beautiful collage.

There are some very fine works in this exhibition including Bird in Hand, which features a one legged pirate, Greasy, a space-age figure floating in a not-quite-sterile environment, and the Morphia series of cut-paper watercolours. Admittedly, it's not all brilliant - there are some rather boring and repetitive works included in the exhibition - but the high points are elegant and inspiring.

AxME is at the Tate Modern until the September 1st, 2013

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