15 January – 6 April 2015
‘Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915 – 2015’ brings together works by over 100 artists, using Kazimir Malevich’s Black and White. Suprematist Composition (1915) as a starting point to trace the trajectory of Abstract art over the last century.
Works featured include Rings (2008), a painting by Sarah Morris, as well as the artist’s 2008 film Beijing. Liu Wei’s 2014 work Purple Air 2014 No. 2 is among the most recent in the exhibition’s chronological presentation, marking almost 100 years since Malevich’s infamous painting of a black square.
Gabriel Orozco’s Light Signs #1 (Korea) (1995) – a composition created using plastic polymer sheeting stretched over a lightbox – and Untitled (1995), a computer-generated work on paper are also featured, evidencing the Mexican-born artist’s experimentation with different technologies.
Throughout the exhibition, works from Josiah McElheny’s series ‘Interactive Abstract Body’ (2012) will be activated by dancers from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, choreographed by McElheny. The performers wear geometric, mirrored structures as they move through the space, transforming their bodies into circular and triangular kinetic sculptures. Visitors can see the sculptures being activated every Thursday 6-9pm in galleries 8 & 9 during the run of the exhibition.
The exhibition is curated by Iwona Blazwick (Director) and Magnus af Petersens (Curator at Large) Whitechapel Gallery.
‘Adventures of the Black Square'
77 – 82 Whitechapel High Street
Tuesday – Sunday: 11am – 6pm
Thursdays: 11am – 9pm
Liu Wei ‘Purple Air 2014 No.2’ (2014)
© Liu Wei Courtesy White Cube