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Richard Wilson
No Formulas

curated by Donald Smith

18.09.13 – 26.10.13

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Private view: Tuesday 17th September 2013 6 – 8.30pm


CHELSEA space presents No Formulas: an exhibition of preparatory maquettes and drawings for finished works, with a selection of proposals and scores for future projects by the internationally renowned artist, Richard Wilson.

Providing an insight into the working practices of the artist, this exhibition will include material across the span of Richard Wilson’s career, from Bow Gamelan scores and documentation to material from Wilson’s latest project, 1513: A Ship’s Opera, a new commission for the Thames Festival which also takes place in September.

The material from the 2012 commission, Hang on a Minute Lads, I’ve Got an Idea, at the De La Warr Pavilion provides the starting point for an accompanying ‘in conversation’ event between Richard Wilson and Jane Won (Curator, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill).

British artist Richard Wilson is internationally celebrated for his interventions in architectural space which draw from the worlds of engineering and construction for their inspiration. With a career spanning over thirty years, Wilson has been the recipient of numerous prestigious commissions and twice nominated for the Turner Prize. The oil installation, 20:50, first made in 1987 at Matt’s Gallery, now permanently installed in the Saatchi Collection, was described by the art critic Andrew Graham Dixon as ‘one of the masterpieces of the modern age’ in the BBC television series The History of British Art. Recently, Wilson’s commission for the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, featured a hydraulically teetering replica coach (inspired by the film The Italian Job) positioned at the edge of the building’s roof.

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CHELSEA public programme
The exhibition No Formulas will be accompanied by an in conversation event between Richard Wilson and Jane Won (curator at De La Warr Pavilion), which will take place in the Lecture Theatre at Chelsea College of Art and Design on the 16th October 2013, 6-8pm.
To book a seat please RSVP to info@chelseaspace.org

As with each exhibition at CHELSEA space, a new illustrated publication will accompany the show.

Press Information
For further information, images or to discuss interviews please contact:
Karen Di Franco or Daisy McMullan at CHELSEA space
via email info@chelseaspace.org or tel:020 7514 6983

Notes to Editors
Images and further information are available upon request
About: CHELSEA space is a public exhibiting space, sited on the Millbank campus of Chelsea College of Art & Design, where invited art and design professionals are encouraged to work on experimental curatorial projects. See: www.chelseaspace.org
• In copy please refer to CHELSEA space and not ‘The Chelsea space.’
Gallery opening times: Tue – Fri: 11:00 – 17:00, Sat: 10:00 – 16:00
Private view: 4th June 2013, 18:00 – 20.30
Admission: FREE

Chelsea College of Arts is one of the world’s leading art and design institutions. Located at Millbank, next door to Tate Britain, Chelsea specialises in Fine Art, Graphic Design and Interior and Textiles Design. Since its origins in the 19th century, the College has produced many of the greatest names in the arts, including: Quentin Blake (illustrator and author) Ralph Fiennes (film and stage actor), AnishKapoor (sculptor), Steve McQueen, (artist), Chris Ofili (artist), Alan Rickman (film and stage actor), Alexei Sayle (comedian) and Gavin Turk (sculptor).

Operating at the heart of the world’s creative capital, University of the Arts London is a vibrant international centre for innovative teaching and research in arts, design, fashion, communication and the performing arts. The University is made up of six Colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Arts. Renowned names in the cultural and creative sectors produced by the University include 12 Turner prize winners and over half of all nominees, 10 out of 17 fashion designers named British Designer of the Year, more than half of the designers showcased in London Fashion Week and 12 out of 30 winners of the Jerwood Photography Award.




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