CONTEMPORARY CURATED spring
Spring flavored: Sotheby’s London will open its New Bond Street galleries to British dancer and choreographer Michael Clark. For Contemporary Curated, Clark curates a selection of works which explore the “ongoing dance” between art and choreography. Pieces include work by Sarah Lucas, Rebecca Warren, Günther Förg, Tom Wesselmann and Liam Gillick.
“From an early age I found sanctuary at the art gallery in Aberdeen. It was a place that I discovered other worlds in, beyond the one I lived in at that time. A lot of my friends happen to be artists and that often leads to collaboration, or at least exchange of ideas. The artists in my life have given me a different perspective on what I do. I became aware there was this other world beyond the dance world, and artists I have collaborated with have made me re-examine my dysfunctional methods, look at things differently.” – Michael Clark
The exhibition will be on view from 8 April prior to the auction on 12 April. Sotheby’s London // New Bond street.
About Michael Clark:
Described as “the most brilliant and worst behaved” alumni of the Royal Ballet School, Clark’s performances are a fusion of ‘technical rigour and experimentation with elements of punk, Dada and popular culture. After his classical training at the Royal Ballet School in London, Clark joined the Rambert Dance Company in 1979, and it was there that he began to broaden and explore the possibilities of performance and began pushing the boundaries of dance.
Clark’s collaborations include Sarah Lucas, Leigh Bowery, Peter Doig and Alexander McQueen. In 1984, Clark founded his eponymous company, with whom he has performed at venues around the world, including galleries and museums.
Clark’s pioneering vision of creativity has seen him draw influence from Dada, performance art, rock music and fashion – from street punk, to haute couture – in dances that are transgressive and rule-bending. In 2010–2011 he spent seven weeks in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern during his Yvonne Rainer-inspired residency. Here, he invited members of the public to participate in his choreography. This was followed by a four-week takeover of an entire floor of the Whitney Biennial in New York in 2012. Clark has been an Artistic Associate at the Barbican since 2005, and in 2014, was awarded a CBE for services to dance in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
CONTEMPORARY CURATED spring commentary by brigitte segura.
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