Nicola Tyson

Works on Paper

March 2 - April 23, 2016

Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 2nd, 6-8pm

35 E 67th Street

Petzel Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of works by New York based, British artist Nicola Tyson. This is her tenth solo exhibition with the gallery.

For Nicola Tyson, drawing is a distinct and generative practice, allowing full imaginative exploration. In her own words: “When I begin to draw, I have no idea what’s going to appear. I work swiftly, to stay just ahead of the cage of language, the linear mind and rational decision-making. I just let the forms grow themselves—self-organize …”.

Nicola Tyson Works on Paper explores a range of works made between 2002 and 2016 from the artist’s sketchbook pages to large graphite drawings and giant, life-sized ink drawings. Included also are a selection of her acrylic paintings on paper, titled “Portrait Heads”. In these, the artist first paints the image directly onto a glass plate, then pressing paper onto it, produces varying textures and besmirched hues. All the works in the show attest to a gestural freedom, capturing moods and moments, both visceral and artificial, intimate and performative, in curious, fluid figurations.

Petzel Gallery, New York, has published an accompanying catalog to this exhibition featuring over seventy-five images. Nicola’s wry humor and sense of playfulness can be seen not only in her work, but also in the essay “Nicola Tyson Interviews Herself,” found at the back of the book. It is a candid examination of Nicola’s influences, processes, and explains her fascination with the word FROCK — “a vacant muse”. This self-conducted interview taps into the tradition of writing and performance that prominently flows through the artist’s diverse practice. A limited edition of the catalog is available which includes a signed linocut “selfie” by the artist.

Nicola Tyson’s work is in the collections of Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Philadelphia Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; The Corcoran Gallery of Art at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C; UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Tate Gallery, London. In 2010 she was nominated for the Royal Academy’s prestigious Charles Wollaston Award.

Petzel Gallery is located at 35 East 67th Street between Park and Madison Avenues on the third floor. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

For press inquiries, please contact Janine Latham at janine@petzel.com, or call (212) 680-9467.


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    Untitled (sketch book page) #34
    2005
    Graphite and colored pencil on paper
    10.75 x 8.25 inches
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    Untitled (sketch book page) #33
    2005
    Graphite and colored pencil on paper
    10.75 x 8.25 inches
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    Dancing #3
    2012
    Graphite on paper
    50 x 30 inches
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    Portrait Head #36
    2003
    Acrylic on paper
    20 x 14 inches
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    Portrait Head #65
    2004
    Acrylic on paper
    20 x 14 inches
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    Portrait Head #64
    2004
    Acrylic on paper
    20 x 14 inches
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    Red Self Portrait
    2002
    Acrylic on paper
    20 x 14 inches
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    Portrait Head #36
    2003
    Acrylic on paper
    20 x 14 inches
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    Portrait Head #63
    2004
    Acrylic on paper
    20 x 14 inches
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    Portrait Head #67
    2004
    Acrylic on paper
    20 x 14 inches
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    Portrait Head #66
    2004
    Acrylic on paper
    20 x 14 inches
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    Great Pants
    2016
    Ink on paper
    72 x 42 inches
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    Tie Not
    2016
    Ink on paper
    72 x 42 inches
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    Pencil Stub
    2016
    Ink on paper
    72 x 42 inches
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    Standing Figure #4
    2016
    Graphite on paper
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    Standing Figure #7
    2016
    Graphite on paper
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    Standing Figure #3
    2016
    Graphite on paper
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    Standing Figure #5
    2016
    Graphite on paper
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    Standing Figure #6
    2016
    Graphite on paper
    39 x 25.5 inches
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    Full Moon Bloom
    2015
    Graphite on paper
    7.5 x 7.5 inches
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    Grazing sheep and sky object
    2015
    Graphite on paper
    7.5 x 7.5 inches
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    Pollen
    2015
    Graphite on paper
    7.5 x 7.5 inches
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    The Flay Past
    2015
    Graphite on paper
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    The Sweater
    2015
    Graphite on paper
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    Extraordinary Powers of Hearing
    2015
    Graphite on paper
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    Falling or floating
    2015
    Graphite on paper
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    Coy Smiles
    2015
    Graphite on paper
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    Snog
    2015
    Graphite on paper
    7.5 x 7.5 inches
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    Stoned Rose
    2015
    Graphite on paper
    8 x 8 inches
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    The Gaze
    2015
    Graphite on paper
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    Nectar
    2015
    Graphite on paper
    8 x 8 inches
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    Bird on the wing
    2015
    Graphite on paper
    8 x 8 inches
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    Hefty butterflies begin their migration
    2015
    Graphite on paper
    7.5 x 7.5 inches
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    The beard
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    Graphite on paper
    8 x 8 inches
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Text by Nicola Tyson

Published by Sadie Coles HQ, London and Petzel Gallery, New York

© 2015 Nicola Tyson, Sadie Coles HQ, London and Petzel Gallery, New York

ISBN: 978-3863353063

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This catalogue was published on the occasion of the Nicola Tyson exhibition at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, June 27 - August 4, 2005

The publication contains the essay "Where Laughter Comes In" by Adrian Searle

Published by The Douglas Hyde Gallery

© 2005 Douglas Hyde Gallery, Nicola Tyson

ISBN 0-907660-97-5

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The book was published on the occasion of the exhibition Nicola Tyson, at Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, March 15 - April 19, 1997

The publication contains the essay "Figure (from the) ground up" by Terry R. Myers

Published by Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York

© 1997 Nicola Tyson and Friedrich Petzel Gallery






Nicola Tyson

Works on Paper

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This catalogue was published on the occasion of the exhibition Nicola Tyson: Works On Paper, at Petzel, 35 E 67th Street, New York, March 2 - April 23, 2016

"Nicola Tyson In Conversation With Herself" by Nicola Tyson

Published by Petzel, New York

© 2016 Petzel, New York and Nicola Tyson

ISBN: 978-0-9863230-6-5

25 Special Editions with a signed, numbered linocut "selfie" by the artist are available






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