Rebecca Warren

10 Mar - 19 Apr 2009

© Rebecca Warren, A.D. 2000 (detail)
Reinforced clay on plinth, 65 × 81 × 52 cm
The Mario Testino Collection
Image courtesy of Maureen Paley, London
10 March – 19 April 2009

Rebecca Warren (born 1965) is known internationally for her exuberant, roughly-worked clay sculptures, bronzes and vitrines containing carefully assembled objects that the artist has collected.

The artist challenges sculptural conventions while also engaging with the history of figurative sculpture and her position within this predominantly male tradition. Warren’s shape-shifting sculptures in clay and bronze range from amorphous to more recognisable forms, which are sometimes sexually explicit, embracing both the formal and the grotesque.

Rebecca Warren says of her work: ‘Though my work evolves through a process of appropriation and reference, it is non-didactic, being closer to revelation and discovery.’

Work from throughout Warren’s career is presented at the Gallery. The display reflects the breadth and variety of her practice, featuring sculptures in clay and bronze, a selection of her vitrines, a series of Husbands – wall-based mixed media sculptures – as well as a group of new works made specially for the exhibition.

Rebecca Warren lives and works in London. She was nominated for the Turner Prize 2006 at Tate Britain and the Vincent Award 2008 at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. Her work was also the subject of a solo exhibition at Kunsthalle Zürich in 2004. This exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery is the first major solo survey of her work in a UK public gallery.

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