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Avant Arte launches first public art program with Tschabalala Self at Coal Drops Yard, London

Tschabalala Self in the studio overseeing the production of his first public sculpture 2022 image courtesy of Avant Arte Photo: Oak Taylor-Smith

Avant Arte, the creative marketplace that makes discovering and owning art radically more accessible, has partnered with King’s Cross to offer its first public art program.

Launched with artist Tschabalala Self in early October 2022, the public art program continues Avant Arte’s mission to make art radically more accessible and its work to help artists push the boundaries of their practice to a transformative scale. .

I’m really looking forward to seeing how the public will react and engage with this work – my first static public artwork and my first time working on this scale. I wanted to refer to everyday life with this sculpture: to choose the act of sitting as a daily and universal gesture of leisure and appeasement. I wanted to create a monumental sculpture for the public, in a public space, that speaks to this simple joy while acknowledging the power such a simple gesture can have in asserting one’s right to occupy space in this realm.

Tschabalala Self

This will be Tschabalala Self’s first public art commission, inspired by her current work which focuses on domestic space and trappings. The artist will create a large bronze sculpture of a seated figure, bringing his exploration of the domestic into the public realm and exploring the importance of taking up space and sitting.

The facility will be located at the northern entrance to Coal Drops Yard on Lewis Cubitt Square, in the heart of the King’s Cross estate. It will be accompanied by online and offline programming that will delve into the practice of Self, opening it up to new audiences. Two editions including 25 bronze sculptures and 25 serigraphs will also be published by Avant Arte. Pilar Corrias will present a personal exhibition by Tschabalala Self, entitled Home Body in its Savile Row and Eastcastle Street galleries from October 6 to November 12, 2022. Featuring both large-scale paintings, works on paper, furniture and sculpture, the exhibition explores domestic space.

We are thrilled to bring this incredible installation from one of the world’s most exciting artists to Coal Drops Yard this fall. Our mission is to make art radically more accessible, so being able to bring art into the very avenues people use every day is a natural progression for us – we invite everyone to join us at King’s Cross from October and discover what is only the beginning of a dynamic and diversified artistic program.

Gemma Rolls-Bentley, Chief Curator, Avant Arte

This project with King’s Cross marks Avant Arte’s first-ever public art commission and will be seen by tens of thousands of visitors, amplifying King’s Cross as an artistic and cultural destination that creates unique moments for the local community.

About the artist

Tschabalala is an artist who constructs a singular style from the syncretic use of paint and printmaking to explore ideas about the black body. She constructs representations of predominantly female bodies using a combination of sewn, printed and painted materials, crossing different artistic and craft traditions. The formal and conceptual aspects of Self’s work seek to expand his critical inquiry into individuality and human flourishing. Tschabalala Self (born 1990 in Harlem, USA) lives and works in all three New York states. Upcoming and recent, personal and collective exhibitions including his works: Le Consortium, Dijon (2022); Biennial Performa 2021 New York City, New York (2021); Haus der Kunst, Munich (2021); Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf (2021); Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore (2021); Centro Pecci Prato, Prato (2020/21); Eva Presenhuber, New York (2020/21); ICA, Boston (2020); Pilar Corrias, London (2019); Art Omi, Ghent New York (2019); Studio Museum Artists in Residence, MoMA PS1, New York (2019); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2019); Frye Museum of Art, Seattle (2019); Yuz Museum, Shanghai (2018); Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville (2018); Pilar Corrias, London (2017); Trigger: Gender as Tool and Weapon, New Museum, New York (2017); Tramway, Glasgow (2017); Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London (2017); Desire, Moore Building, Miami (2016); A Constellation, Studio Museum Harlem, Harlem (2015)


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