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Meet artist Caroline Achaintre at Tate Britain: NEW DATE

12 November 2014 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

We are honoured to have the chance to meet with London-based artist Caroline Achaintre in the current BP Spotlight Room dedicated to her work at Tate Britain.  Achaintre will be in discussion with UK Friends of NMWA Patron Marcelle Joseph, an active independent curator, author and art adviser. The work of Caroline Achaintre encompasses a diverse range of media including textiles, ceramics, woodcuts and watercolours. Her sculptures balance on the border between the primitive and the carnivalesque, and between the heritage of craft and more contemporary subcultural strands of sci-fi, gothic and psychedelia. At times menacing, sexual and playful, they allude to early moments in modernism such as German expressionism, while at the same time presenting many contradictions between art and design, fashion and taste, abstraction and figuration.

Netzer 2012 Ceramic 30 x 19 cm
30 x 19 cm
Achaintre creates anamorphic ceramic mask works, either wall-based or curated on custom-made modular units with their own in-built design references, and wall-based hand-tufted wool works that appear as mutated eagles or tribal abstract paintings. Assembled together to create an atmosphere of threat and the absurd, her fantastical works appear as shamanist tribal masks and objects made to face the fears of the present day.
Chin-Chin 2011 Hand tufted wool 230 x 200 cm
Hand tufted wool
230 x 200 c
For more information Price:  Patrons – free; Friends – £10; Guests – £15.  RSVP to RSVP@UKFriendsofNMWA.org. Passes will be available after the talk for those who might like to spend more time at Tate Britain, visiting the Turner Prize or Late Turner exhibitions.  We thank the Tate for their support. Artist’s Biography: Achaintre (born 1969 in Toulouse, France) lives and works in London. She completed her MA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College in 2003 after finishing her Pg.Dip. at Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2000 and earlier undergraduate studies in Fine Art at Kunsthochschule in Halle/Saale, Germany in 1998. Her work has been exhibited extensively in the UK and internationally. In 2014, she was the artist in residence at Camden Arts Centre. In addition to the Tate Britain presentation, Achaintre is currently showing her work at Present/Future, Illy Prize at the Castello di Rivoli in Turin after winning this prize at the 2013 Artissima Fair. Other solo exhibitions include those at Arcade Gallery, London (2014 and 2012), Mirko Mayer Galerie, Cologne, Germany (2008, 2006 and 2004), The Showroom, London (2005), Whitechapel Project Space, London (2004), and Kunstverein Nuremberg, Germany (2001). Achaintre’s work has been exhibited recently in group exhibitions at Musee d’Art modern de la villa de Paris, Paris (2013); MOCCA, Toronto (2013); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2012); David Roberts Art Foundation, London (2012); Eastside Projects, Birmingham, UK (2012); The Courtauld Institute, London (2012); Wysing Art Centre, Cambridge, UK (2011); Saatchi Gallery (2010); Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Germany (2010); and Cell Project Space, London (2009) among others.


12 November 2014
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Tate Britain