Sharon Hayes

Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin

July 1, 2008


4 July – 2 August, 2008

PREVIEW: 3 July, 7 to 9 pm, 2008
Sharon Hayes in collaboration with Pauline Boudry, 8pm

Tanya Leighton Gallery is pleased to announce its inaugural exhibition at Kurfürstenstraße 156, Berlin.

In the Near Future is New York-based artist Sharon Hayes’s first solo exhibition with Tanya Leighton.

Tanya Leighton Gallery, divided between two cities, Berlin and Bogotá, is dedicated to developing a cross-disciplinary, trans-generational gallery programme with off-site projects, in collaboration with artists, filmmakers, critics, art historians, and curators. Its international exhibition programme reflects a variety of opinions and practices as well as Leighton’s associations with American and British experimental cinema, artist’s film and video, minimal and conceptual art. Solo exhibitions by established and emerging artists will intersperse with conceptually-motivated group exhibitions and projects. The gallery will engage in the reexamination of historical frameworks and practices, in order to bring marginalized figures, objects, events and contexts back into focus.

Tanya Leighton’s inaugural year will present and restage historical works by artists and filmmakers such as British pop artist Derek Boshier, acclaimed London filmmaker John Smith, and unsung hero of British cinema Peter Whitehead. Leighton will also produce and exhibit new and recent work by artists from North America, Britain, Czech-Republic, China, Colombia, Palestine, and Uruguay – including Ayreen Anastas, François Bucher, Pavel Büchler, Alejandro Cesarco, David Diao, Rene Gabri, Sharon Hayes, Dan Rees, Lucas Ospina, Xu Tan, Oscar Tuazon, amongst others. Forthcoming projects include themed group exhibitions by: Whitney Museum Biennial curator Henriette Huldisch; Gianni Jetzer, Director of the Swiss Institute, New York; Mike Sperlinger, Assistant Curator of LUX, London; and a project by Gareth James/Scorched Earth – a magazine that examines the historical and contemporary status of drawing.

An ongoing series of talks and events will highlight the aesthetic, social, and political significance of modern and contemporary art practice. A collaboratively curated bookshop will feature small press publications on art criticism, theory, fiction, and artists books. The aim of the bookshop is to provide a framework for understanding the intersecting fields of art, culture, economics, and politics, and to promote reading and discourse as integral to the production and exhibition of art.

A special artists edition series offers exclusive artists editions coinciding with the exhibitions and events. The first of the series includes editions by: Liam Gillick, Anthony McCall, and Martha Rosler. For more information please email: [email protected]

Tanya Leighton is a curator and editor. Past projects include the traveling exhibition In The Poem About Love You Don’t Write The Word Love (2005-8) that engaged, in implicit and explicit ways, the overwhelming media culture in which we live; David Lamelas: Exhibiting Mediality (2004), which highlighted the pioneering late-1960s film and media installations of Argentinean artist David Lamelas, and reconstructed a seminal work, Limite de una Proyeccion (Light Projection in a Dark Room) (1967); Vivre sa vie — a major critically acclaimed series of exhibitions and events celebrating contemporary art from France, in thirteen venues across Scotland (2000-2001). Leighton’s editorial and writing projects include an anthology on film and video, with Pavel Büchler, entitled Saving the Image: Art After Film (Manchester: Manchester Metropolitan University, 2003), and Art and the Moving Image: A Critical Reader, Charles Esche, series ed., (London: Afterall, and Tate Publishing, forthcoming).

Leighton has held professional curatorial positions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Manchester Metropolitan University; Dundee Contemporary Arts, amongst others. She has participated in symposiums, talks and events at international venues including the Institute of Contemporary Art, London; National Portrait Gallery, London; Artists Space, New York; Midway Contemporary Arts, Minneapolis; OVERGATEN—Institut for Samtidskunst, Copenhagen; ARGOS and the Musée du Cinéma, Brussels.

Tanya Leighton
Kurfürstenstraße 156
10785 Berlin
T 49 (0)30 221 607770
[email protected]

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