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‘For the Record’ Opens at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

‘For the Record’ Opens at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

14th January 2014

A new exhibition showcasing modern and contemporary artwork by a number of celebrated and lesser well-known female artists opens at the Waterhall, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 27 January 2014.

‘For the Record’ includes a range of artworks spanning the 20th century to the present day, including works from Birmingham Museum’s Modern and Contemporary Collection and loans from the Arts Council Collection. The exhibition explores themes of preservation, tradition, documentation and recording across a wide range of media including portraiture, landscape, sculpture and installation as well as timely issues concerning womanhood and identity politics. The exhibition also includes new works by West Midlands-based artists Faye Claridge and Barbara Walker.

Lisa Beauchamp, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Birmingham Museums Trust comments; “We are delighted to be able to showcase the work of some incredible female artists in this exhibition and to celebrate the reopening of the Waterhall Gallery. Incorporating works by artists such as Ana Maria Pacheco, Mary Kelly, Emmy Bridgwater, Alice Channer and Turner-prize nominee Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, we hope this exhibition will open up an interesting dialogue between these artists and showcase the strength and diversity of Birmingham’s collections alongside some stand-out loans from the Arts Council Collection. It is great for our visitors to be able to explore more of these amazing works.”

‘For the Record’ includes work in a variety of mediums including; exquisite tempera on panel paintings by Estella Canziani; prints by iconic artists such as Louise Bourgeois; and sculpture by Barbara Hepworth.

Other contemporary art exhibitions showing at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery in early 2014 include; ‘New Art West Midlands’ (14 Feb - 18 May 2014) showcasing exciting new work by the best artists graduating from art schools in the West Midlands; and ‘The Vanity of Small Differences’ (14 February – 11 May 2014) a series of six large tapestries (2m x 4m) by Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry, which tell the story of class mobility and the influence social class has on our aesthetic taste. 

Image credit: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Condor And The Mole, 2011. © the artist courtesy Corvi-Mora, London and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.


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