Hayward Gallery Highlights 2007

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Antony Gormley is one of the preeminent British sculptors of his generation. For this important solo exhibition at the Hayward, his first major showing in a public gallery in London, Gormley will present a series of largescale installations, including several newly commissioned works that dramatically engage with the gallery's architecture.

Addressing fundamental questions of the body and space, appearance and disappearance, transformation and transcendence, the exhibition also includes an ambitious new public project, Event Horizon, featuring some 30 sculptures sited on the rooftops of buildings across central London. Spreading outwards from the Hayward, the figures face back towards the gallery's robust architecture, evoking feelings about self and survival in the city.

This exhibition is sponsored by Eversheds LLP.

THE PAINTING OF MODERN LIFE: Hayward Gallery: 4 October ­ 30 December 2007

Curated by Hayward Gallery Director, Ralph Rugoff, the exhibition explores one of the most influential developments in the history of contemporary painting: the use and translation of photographic imagery. The first major museum survey of its kind, The Painting of Modern Life, charts the evolution of this 'postpainting' movement over the past 45 years, beginning with seminal photoinspired works from the early 1960s by painters such as Gerhard Richter, Vija Celmins and Robert Bechtle and more recently Ebehard Havekost, Elizabeth Peyton and Wilhelm Sasnal. Spanning five decades, The Painting of Modern Life reveals the surprising stylistic diversity of the works as well as the great variety of subject matter ­ from the personal to the political addressed by the artists. By investigating how the significance and content of an image changes dramatically when it is translated into a different medium, the exhibition identifies the process of translation as central to the art of our time.

HAYWARD GALLERY PROJECTS: FLAG PROJECT: YINKA SHONIBARE, MBE: Jubilee Gardens, South Bank Centre: January 2007

The South Bank Centre will launch an ongoing series of commissioned artist designed flags in January 2007, part of a wider initiative to enliven the 21acre with outdoor artworks. Yinka Shonibare is the first artist to be commissioned to create a flag that will fly from atop the 100ft flagpole at the edge of Jubilee Gardens facing across the Thames, towards the Houses of Parliament. The project provides a platform for international artists to reflect on ideas associated with flags, from patriotism and national identity to pageantry and celebration. The raising of the flag on 9 January will be followed by a panel debate with Yinka Shonibare and Richard Cork discussing art and conflict.

NEW HAYWARD GALLERY TOURING EXHIBITIONS 2007 MINDFORG'D: MANACLES: WILLIAM BLAKE AND SLAVERY: Tour begins Ferens Art Gallery, Hull: April 2007 onwards

MindForg'd Manacles: William Blake and Slavery coincides with the 200 th anniversary of the abolition of the British slave trade, as well as the 250 th anniversary of Blake's birth. Slavery was a fundamental theme in William Blake's art and writing. He was fervently opposed to it, and during his lifetime (17571827) saw successful campaigns against the Atlantic slave trade, leading to its abolition in 1807. Slavery was also for Blake a mental state; to have limited perceptions, to pursue materialistic ends, to follow conventional religion or science, was to be enslaved and to be held with 'mindforg'd manacles' of one's own making. Mentally restricted figures are shown enclosed within themselves, while those free of mental shackles fly upwards like birds. The show is drawn from the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum, and will consist of 64 watercolours, prints and plates from his illuminated books, together with other works contextualising slavery.

CULT FICTION: Tour begins at Walsall Art Gallery: May 2007 onwards

Examining a popular cultural phenomenon, Cult Fiction explores the continuing relevance of comic iconography on contemporary visual art. The touring show will present the work of fine artists who incorporate the language of comic imagery in their work, alongside the work of their contemporaries in the comic art field. Through drawings, sculpture, animation, sketchbooks, comics and graphic novels, Cult Fiction shows how the language and culture of this art form has provided a platform for political and social critique and a medium for escapism, introspection, fantasy and deviance. Artists include: Laylah Ali, Glen Baxter, Daniel Clowes, Robert Crumb, Marcel Dzama, Kerstin Kartscher, Yoshitomo Nara, David Shrigley and Chris Ware. -- www.southbankcentre.co.uk

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