- 11 Oct 2018
Turner Prize nominee George Shaw (born 1966) is one of Britain’s leading contemporary painters. His work has long attracted critical scrutiny and acclaim, and has been on view in high-profile solo exhibitions in the United Kingdom. Curated by the Centre's Mark Hallett in collaboration with the Yale Center for British Art and Holbourne Museum in BathGeorge Shaw: A Corner of a Foreign Fieldthe artist’s first solo show in the United States, on display in New Haven between 4 October and 30 December 2018.A Corner of a Foreign Fieldspans three decades of Shaw's prolific artistic practice and features nearly seventy paintings, sixty drawings and several new works.
As part of the exhibition, four short films have been commissioned from the British filmmakers Lily Ford, Jonathan Law, and Jared Schiller. This series explores different aspects of Shaw's life and creative output whilst offering a dynamic introduction to the artist's ideas and work, and their continued resonance. All the films can be watched for free online here.
The catalogue to accompany the exhibition is also now available to purchase here. Beautifully designed and generously illustrated, this book is the first to explore the entirety of Shaw’s artistic output, beginning with his work at the Royal College of Art in the 1990s and ending with his most recent paintings. This volume places Shaw’s work within the context of contemporary culture, from the traditions of English landscape painting to the repercussions of Brexit. An introductory essay and comprehensive catalogue texts by the Centre's Mark Hallett are accompanied by essays on the artist's work by Tom Crow, Catherine Lampert, David Mellor, and Eugenie Shinkle. An interview between Shaw and the celebrated contemporary artist Jeremy Deller offers insight into this work from the perspective of the artist himself, while a fully illustrated chronology details the entirety of his career.