Catherine Yass

  • Venue: Fine Art Lecture Theatre
  • Start: Tue, 07 Nov 2017 17:15:00 GMT
  • End: Tue, 07 Nov 2017 19:00:00 GMT

Catherine Yass (b. London, UK, 1963) lives and works in London and trained at the Slade School of Art, London; the Hochschüle der Künst, Berlin; and Goldsmiths College, London. In 2002, Yass was shortlisted for The Turner Prize.

Most recently she screened Aeolian Piano at RIBA alongside the BBC archive of the construction of the BBC TV Centre, where the film was made (2017). Important solo exhibitions include Lighthouse at Alison Jacques Gallery, London and Galerie Le Long, New York (2012); a mid-career retrospective at De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea (2011); Flight, The Phillips Collections, Washington D.C.; The China Series, Stedelijk-Hertogenbosch Museum, The Netherlands (2009); Descent, St Louis Art Museum, St Louis, MO (2009) and High Wire, CCA, Glasgow (2008).

Group shows include; Navigating the Unknown, Elastic Actions in a Dizzying World, Kunsthaus Graz, Austria, touring to CCA, Warsaw, Poland (2017); Notes on Outrage, South Kiosk, London touring to Kestle Barton, Cornwall (2016-7); Precarious Balance, Centre of Contemporary Arts, New Zealand (2016); Work, Rest, Play: British Photography from 1960’s to Today, curated by The Photographer’s Gallery, London, touring to China (2015-2016): OCT-Loft, Shenzhen, Mingsheng Arts Museum, Shanghai, Visual Arts Centre, OCT-Chengdu, Three Shadows Photography Centre in Xiamen; How to construct a time machine, Milton Keynes Gallery (2014); Mumok, Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna (2014); Cultural Cartographies, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, USA (2014); Tribute to an Avenue, Sculpture International Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2014); Walk on: From Richard Long to Janet Cardiff – 40 Years of Walking, Plymouth, UK (2014); Fluid Motion, Museum of Fine Art, Boston, USA (2013); Government Art Collection, Revealed, Ulster Museum, Belfast, Ireland (2013); 13th Montreal Photo Biennale (2013) Desire Lines, Australian Centre of Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2012); Skyscraper: Art and Architecture Against Gravity, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2012); and High Wire, Tate Britain, London (2012).

Major commissions include Aeolian Piano, commissioned by White Noise for the departure of the BBC for the BBC TVCentre (2017); Decommissioned,The Jewish Community Centre, London (2013); Rambert Dance Company, London (2013); Lighthouse, De La Warr Pavilion (2011); High Wire, Artangel (2008) and Split Sides, Merce Cunningham, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York (2003). Yass spent five weeks in China on a British Council residency, where she made Lock (2006), which was filmed at the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River.

Her work features in a number of collections worldwide including Tate, London; Arts Council of England, The British Council and the Government Art Collection, London; The British Museum, London; MoMA, New York; The Jewish Museum, New York; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; and the National Museum of Women in the Arts Collection, Washington DC.


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