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Wayne Thiebaud - 1962 to 2017


White Cube 2017 ISBN 9781910844205 Acqn 27808
Pb 22x26cm 80pp 40ills 38col 31.25

One of Americas foremost painters, Thiebauds career spans seventy years. This comprehensive
presentation includes a selection of paintings and works on paper that date from 1962 to 2017.

Thiebaud deals with a uniquely American vernacular in his paintings of everyday food, urban and
rural landscapes and people. Often modest in scale, his subject matter is isolated and reduced,
becoming the focus for painterly exercises in colour, volume and style. In the artists most well
known images of cakes, pastries and pies, begun around 1953, a heightened tactility and
viscosity of paint is analogous to the actual objects depicted, a technique he has called object
transference.

Although emerging concurrently with Abstract Expressionism and then Pop Art, Thiebauds work
stands apart, closer in approach to Edward Hoppers paintings of urban life or the focused still
lifes of Czanne or Morandi. Thiebaud creates a tension between surface and depth, using a
colour palette that ranges from pastel hues to bright, bold tones.

A fully illustrated publication, with a text by curator and art historian Dr David Anfam, published to
accompany the exhibition.

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Gabriel Orozco Suisai


White Cube 2017 ISBN 9781910844120 Acqn 27809
Hb 20x26cm 206pp 109col ills 43.75

Orozco developed his method of working in the early 1990s: he would select materials that were
local and to hand, often found or ready-made, and decide on a few basic rules to adopt, as if he
were setting himself a kind of fictional exercise. This has allowed his work to be very open or
porous to the place it was made, as well as to the chance incidents that could upset even the
strictest of systems. His choice of a geometric lexicon of circles and circular rotations, often
overlaid onto forms in nature, sets in train a series of movements and counter-movements and
demonstrates a preoccupation with nature that has continued to the present. For the previous
year, the artist had been based in Tokyo and all the work in this exhibition was made in his
apartment there.

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Ibrahim Mahama - Inside the White Cube


White Cube 2017 ISBN 9781910844182 Acqn 27875
Pb 17x23cm 64pp 42ills 40col 25

One of the most prominent artists to emerge from Ghana in recent years, Mahama is known for
large-scale installations incorporating jute sacks previously used to transport cocoa beans and
charcoal, which are stitched together and draped over architectural structures. For this exhibition,
his first solo presentation in the UK, Mahama has created a new series of works including Non-
Orientable Nkansa (2016), a monumental sculpture formed from stained wooden fragments. In
these new bodies of work Mahama explores time and transference, privation and potential, as
embodied through objects, materials and the traces left in their wake. As he explains, the hope is
that their residues stained, broken and abandoned, but bearing light might lead us into new
possibilities and spaces beyond.

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Jurgen Partenheimer - Inside The White Cube


White Cube 2017 ISBN 9781910844175 Acqn 27877
Pb 17x23cm 64pp 34ills 31col 25

Partenheimers abstract works are characterised by their variable, multidimensional language of


forms, lightness of touch, striking use of colour and poetic approach. Partenheimer uses
reduction, asymmetry and imperfection in his work to propose alternative modes of perception.
These are partly the result of the artists engagement with and contribution to a broader
theoretical discourse. In his paintings forms circulate around an undefined space a
'nothingness' and seem to have the potential to dissolve and reform at any moment. This open-
ended quality is evident in all the works in this exhibition. As Rudi Fuchs has noted in his essay
on the painting La Fortune (2012), which is titled after the painting La Fortune (1938) by Man
Ray, this creative instability offers an altogether different path to abstraction, which is commonly
so rooted in controlled composition.

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