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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (212) 680-9467.
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
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
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
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
25 Special Editions with a signed, numbered linocut "selfie" by the artist are available