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04/09/2021 - 23/10/2021

Late C20th - Painting


Alan Turner - I wanted to make things that were ordinary extraordinary

In September, Sadie Coles HQ presents an exhibition of paintings by the American artist Alan Turner (1943-2020).

Turner first achieved recognition in the late 1970s, having spent four years in London between 1968 and 1972; he went on to pursue an idiosyncratic path for half a century, creating work that was consistently “at the edge, if not out of bounds” in relation to figurative art. 1 The exhibition features eight paintings dating from a fertile phase in his career – the years 1986-1990 – during which he focused on the body as a doubly recognisable and reconfigurable entity.

In these works, a fascination for fleshly naturalism combines with an affinity for the illogical, the awry and the aberrant.


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