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 Mark Hallett in collaboration with the Yale Center for British Art and Holbourne Museum in Bath, George Shaw: A Corner of a Foreign Field is the artist’s first solo show in the United States, on display in New Haven between 4 October and 30 December 2018.
This series of short films commissioned from the British filmmakers Lily Ford, Jonathan Law, and Jared Schiller explores different aspects of Shaw's life and creative output. They offer a dynamic introduction to the artist's ideas and work, and their continued resonance.
George Shaw: A Corner of a Foreign Field has been organized by the Yale Center for British Art in collaboration with the Paul Mellon Centre and the Holburne Museum in Bath, UK. The lead curator is Mark Hallett, Director of Studies at the Paul Mellon Centre, assisted by Alexandra Burston. The organizing curator at the Center is Matthew Hargraves, Chief Curator of Art Collections. The display will subsequently travel to the Holburne Museum in Bath, UK, where it will be on view from 8 February to 6 May 2019.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue of the same title. Edited by Hallett and published in association with Yale University Press, the book will feature essay contributions from leading scholars, including Catherine Lampert and David Alan Mellor, as well as an interview with Shaw by the British artist Jeremy Deller.
The commissioned films and exhibition catalogue have been supported generously by Debbi and Richard Burston, Yale BA 1982.