Turner Prize 2022: Veronica Ryan. Installation View at Tate Liverpool 2022. Photo: © Tate Photography (Matt Greenwood)

Hyundai Commission: Cecilia Vicuña at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall until April 16, 2023

Chilean artist and poet Cecilia Vicuña’s Forest Quipu, a multi-part installation made up of sculpture, sound, music and video is currently on view at Tate Modern Turbine Hall. The quipu is an ancient South American recording and communication system made from knotted threads. Vicuña has been exploring and transforming the quipu in her work for over five decades. At the center of Brain Forest Quipu are two sculptures that hang 27 meters from the ceiling. They are woven together using a range of organic materials, including found objects, unspun wool, plant fibers, rope and cardboard to evoke the look of bleached-out trees and ghostly forms.

This is a uniquely collaborative project with Vicuña working alongside artists, activists and members of the community. Some of the items used in the sculptures have been collected from the banks of the Thames by women from local Latin American communities. Through this installation, the artist asks visitors to think about the destruction of our forests, the impact of climate change, violence against Indigenous people, and how we can come together to make change and begin a process of repair.

In partnership with Hyundai Motor

Magdalena Abakanowicz Every Tangle of Thread and Rope – at Tate Modern until May 21, 2023

The exhibition explores the transformative period of Abakanowicz’s practice when her woven forms came off the wall and into three-dimensional space. With these works she brought soft, fibrous forms into a new relationship with sculpture. A selection of early textile pieces and her little-known drawings are also on show.

Supported by Abakanowicz Arts and Cultural Foundation, The Magdalena Abakanowicz Exhibition Supporters Circle, The Polish Cultural Institute in London, Tate International Council, Tate Patrons and Tate Members

Lynette Yiadom- Boakye Fly in League with the Night – at Tate Britain until February 26, 2023.  

Tate Britain presents Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s major survey exhibition Fly In League With The Night. Widely considered to be one of the most important figurative painters working today, Yiadom-Boakye (b.1977) is celebrated for her enigmatic oil paintings of human subjects who are entirely imagined by the artist. This exhibition brings together over 70 paintings spanning two decades, including works from her graduate exhibition, as well as three new paintings presented here for the very first time.

Supported by Denise Coates Foundation, with additional support from the Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Exhibition Supporters Circle, Tate Americas Foundation, Tate International Council and Tate Patrons

Barbara Hepworth: Art and Life at Tate St. Ives until May 1 2023

This exhibition presents almost five decades of Barbara Hepworth’s sculptures, paintings, drawings, prints and designs. Hepworth expanded the possibilities for sculpture and art’s purpose within modern society. Working in both abstraction and figuration, much of her art expresses our relationships with each other and our surroundings, and how art can reflect and alter our perceptions of the world.

Supported by The Barbara Hepworth Exhibition Supporters Circle: Roger Evans, Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation

Turner Prize — at Tate Liverpool until March 19, 2023

Veronica Ryan is the winner of the 2022 Turner Prize currently on view at Tate Liverpool alongside her fellow nominees Heather Phillipson, Ingrid Pollard and Sin Wai Kin. Ryan’s work presents cast forms in clay and bronze; sewn and tea-stained fabrics; and bright neon crocheted fishing line pouches filled with a variety of seeds, fruit stones and skins to reference displacement, fragmentation and alienation. Rather than having fixed meanings, Ryan’s work is typically open to a wide variety of readings, as implied by titles such as Multiple Conversations 2019–21 or Along a Spectrum 2021. Made during a residency at Spike Island, the forms she creates take recognizable elements and materials – such as fruit, takeaway food containers, feathers, or paper – and reconfigure them, exploring ecology, history and dislocation, as well as the psychological impact of the pandemic

Supported by BNP Paribas with additional support from Taylor Wessing, Avanti West Coast, Mylands, Sennheiser, The John Browne Charitable Trust, The Uggla Family Foundation and Roisin and James Timpson OBE.

Past Tate News
14 December 2022