Celebrating the work of curator, art historian, writer, patron and muse Lynda Morris.
at CHELSEA SPACE
Dear Lynda glass
The exhibition covers over 40 years through an impressive personal archive consisting of catalogues, articles, posters, artworks and ephemera that embody a life in art.
An important component to the exhibition is a zine/catalogue illustrating Lynda Morris's personal journey, beginning with a chance encounter with the Rolling Stones in 1962, and leading to Marc Camille Chaimowicz's exhibition Jean Genet...The Courtesy of Objects, in 2012 at Norwich University College of the Arts, where Morris is Professor of Curation. The zine includes a conversational text by Lynda Morris which guides us, like an inspiring novel, through her friendships with artists and her life in the art scene. The exhibition draws on her encounters with some of the greatest artists of the century, including Gilbert & George, Richard Hamilton, John Baldessari, Art & Language, Marcel Broothaers, Stephen McKenna, John Wonnacott, David Lamelas, and many more.
Lynda Morris is known as a pioneering curator who gave many artists their first exhibitions and amongst these she is venerated for curating the first UK exhibitions of Gerhard Richter and Robert Mapplethorpe. Her 2010 exhibition Picasso: Peace and Freedom at Tate Liverpool presented her research on the artist's ties with politics and the influences they had on his art. Morris's own interests in sociopolitical issues and conceptual art have echoed throughout her career. Her politics and passion for surpassing the boundaries of a London-centred art scene lead her in 1991 to establish EAST International, an open submission exhibition at the Norwich School of Art. EAST quickly became a platform that launched the careers of many artists, including Jeremy Deller, Matthew Higgs, Hurvin Anderson, and Karla Black, and turned a regional English art school into a recognisable and esteemed international centre.
Because of her enthusiasm and sensitivity in working directly with artists and their materials, Lynda Morris has described herself as a 'fan', for others she is the 'artists' curator'.
Preview: Tuesday 3 July, 6-8.30pm
4 July - 4 August 2012
Chelsea College of Art & Design 16 John Islip Street