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Thursday, 4 June 2009

Sam Taylor-Wood




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Sam Taylor-Wood makes photographs and films that examine, through highly charged scenarios, our shared social and psychological conditions.

Her work examines the split between being and appearance, often placing her human subjects – either singly or in groups – in situations where the line between interior and external sense of self is in conflict

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In the celebrated film Still Life (2001), an impossibly beautiful bowl of fruit decays at an accelerated pace, creating a visceral momento mori.

Taylor-Wood has also explored notions of weight and gravity in elegiac, poised photographs and films such as Ascension (2003) and a series of self-portraits (Self Portrait Suspended I - VIII) that depict the artist floating in mid air without the aid of any visible support.

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Sam Taylor-Wood was born in London in 1967 and has had numerous group and solo exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale (1997) and The Turner Prize (1998). Solo exhibitions include Kunsthalle Zurich (1997), Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek (1997), Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC (1999), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2000), Hayward Gallery, London (2002), State Russian Museum, St Petersburg (2004), MCA, Moscow (2004), BALTIC, Gateshead (2006), MCA Sydney (2006) MoCA Cleveland (2007) and the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston (2008).

All text courtesy of White Cube...

When Sam Taylor-Wood isn't to be seen driving around with a young man half her age - and why should she not when her Gallery Owner ex- is seen on a yacht squiring Lily Allen, she's a talented and interesting British artist...

I was aware of the buzz around her work... Her film of the sleeping(?) David Beckham, capturing his beauty, and so not his budgie-startling voice, had captured the Zeitgeist... People seemed interested in seeing famous people in peculiar and unusual situations...

I recently wine-blogged, and posted two pieces in one day by accident... Those of you who caught my Big Boys Don't Cry posting, showing famous men, actors, in truthfully depicted sorrow, before I deleted it in error, are lucky...

Some of Sam's images for me hark back to mediaeval portraits and still-lifes... And when I visited the Baltic art gallery in Gateshead a few years ago, and saw her pictures of these fabulous and famous men crying their hearts out, it entranced me thoroughly...

I hope you might find something in Sam's art to love too, mes bloggy Surrealistes, something that whispers softly to your gentle souls...

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12 comments:

Michelle said...

Awesome photography!

I am first today!

I love you!

lakeviewer said...

Television, film art tends to be so fleetingly beautiful that it is not usually studied frame by frame. These images are proving quite a bit of chatter. Thanks to you, we can get in the frey as well.

kapgaf said...

Chère Boucle d'Or,

Je suis de retour (bet you didn't even miss me) and I find the photos of STW, whose work I love and that you have chosen her picture of Steve Buscemi. That is still the best photograph of him I have ever seen - how did you know it was THAT one ? You are a witchy woman. If you didn't exist, I would have to invent you.

Grosses bises

Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

I love that one of Steve Buscemi........very profound picture..no words needed.
I loved these snaps. Beautiful.
Have a beautiful day lovely Fhina :)

Steady On
Reggie Girl

Belle said...

I've been a fan of Sam's for a long time.

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

Love the Steve Buscemi pic at the end, he looks tortured but no more than usual...

ad you made me ROAR with this paragraph under neath the bloke lying on te bed (whihc is now my screen saver !! thank YOU very much indeedi!! Chortle!!)

you wrote, 'In the celebrated film Still Life (2001), an impossibly beautiful bowl of fruit decays at an accelerated pace, creating a visceral momento mori.'takes on a whole nwe meaning LOL

love ya lots

SAZ x

Derrick said...

Hi Fhina,

Hadn't heard of this lady but she obviously does some cunning things with images. Couldn't agree more about Mr B keeping his mouth shut!

Suldog said...

That's the artist in the "suspended" photo? I know this may not be the reaction hoped for, but she's hot!

Diane said...

See that second photo? Yeah. I want that. No, not the photo. That which is IN the photo. Can you get him for me, dear Fhi? Please? Pretty please? With sugar and a cherry on top? ;) XO

blognut said...

You know... just this morning when I was dancing around in my underwear and flipping off the backs of chairs, I thought to myself, "Wouldn't it be funny if someone caught all of this on camera?"

And there you are with this post. :)

Lovely pictures, my dear. As always.

Bloggus Flippus
XXOO

Woman in a Window said...

I AM in love. Wow. Every image makes me stop and question the photo itself and then my ideas. What a fabulous introduction for me. Thank you.

carma said...

I like the minimalistic mood of her work...and way to go with the dude half her age...cougar growl grrrrrrrr

Something I wrote earlier...

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