Frith Street Gallery

Golden Square

17-18 Golden Square, London W1F 9JJ
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  • Tacita Dean’s Event For A Stage muses on art and life ~ Skye Sherwin

    Published in The Guardian, October 2016

    The essence of drama is conflict. Thus, Tacita Dean’s 16mm film portrait of an actor begins with Stephen Dillane circling the stage: a black silhouette waiting to be filled in, swearing liberally. It establishes bad feeling (real, faked?), between Dillane and the artist seated in the audience and is the first of their many plays on art, life and the grey areas in between.

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  • Frieze week highlights: Smoking with Hockney and Tacita Dean ~ Fatema Ahmed

    Published in Apollo Magazine, September 2016

    Tacita Dean’s latest solo exhibition in London is an overview of the recent challenges, in form and subject, which the artist has set herself. Dean’s record of artists at work now includes David Hockney (to add to Cy Twombly and Merce Cunningham among others) – her short 16mm film Portraits records the painter smoking his way through five cigarettes. Also made in California are a series of lithographs depicting clouds and vapour trails and a series of drawings of clouds on slate. In contrast to all this contemplative activity is the 2015 film Event for a Screen, the record of a performance by the actor Stephen Dillane over four nights at the Sydney Biennial in 2014.

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  • Tacita Dean review – cloudy confessions and Hockney on camera ~ Adrian Searle

    Published in The Guardian, September 2016

    We see Hockney in profile, and across a low table, and stooping to read something on the cabinet that lines a wall of his studio. At one point, he erupts into a cackling laugh, saying something about enjoying smoking, but the words are distorted in the echo of the studio – and in the basement of Frith Street Gallery where the film is being screened. There is only me here, and Dean’s clattering film projector, running the endless loop.

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  • Eyes on the prize: the must-see art and design of autumn 2016 ~ Adrian Searle, Jonathan Jones , Sean O'Hagan and Oliver Wainwright

    Published in The Guardian, August 2016

    Daphne Wright: Emotional Archaeology at National Trust, Tyntesfield, Somerset and Arnolfini, Bristol; Tacita Dean: LA Exuberance at Frith Street Gallery, Golden Square; Neon: The Charged Line at Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool featuring work by Fiona Banner.

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  • 35mm Marvels ~ David Jager

    Published in NOW Toronto, July 2015

    Tacita Dean dominates the exhibit with JG, her breathtaking meditation on filmic and geologic time. Using dystopian British novelist J.G. Ballard’s short story The Voices Of Time as a starting point, she films Robert Smithson’s iconic land art piece, Spiral Jetty, in Utah’s Great Salt Lake…Somehow, in 26 minutes, she makes notions of eternity and fragile humanity palpable, using the magnificent Utah landscape as a canvas.

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