Ged Quinn

The New Art Gallery Walsall

9 October 2013 – 5 January 2014

Loans from private collections in the UK, Europe and America are shown alongside brand new works the artist has created especially for this project.

At first glance, you'd be forgiven for mistaking Ged Quinn's artwork as historical portraiture from the 17th century, but look closer and you'll uncover foreign objects or unusual patterns that betray their true year of origin.

A seemingly demure still life actually includes a cake arranged into the form of a military bunker, while a landscape reminiscent of Claude Lorrain or Jacob Ruisdael has been transposed with structures of modern architecture.

This exhibition charts the last four years of the artist's career, during which Quinn has drawn on European history, mythology, literature and filmmakers such as Walt Disney and Jean-Luc Godard to continue to subvert classical artistic forms.

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On display are two brand new portraits, inspired by the troubled relationship between poet and Holocaust survivor Paul Celan and influential 20th century philosopher Martin Heidegger.

While the two engaged in regular communication between 1951 and 1970, Celan struggled to reconcile his admiration for the writings of Heidegger with his abhorrence of his Nazi past.

Typically, Quinn's portraits of these figures are loaded with broader cultural references that reflect the complex interaction between the pair.

Venue information

Opening times

Tue – Sat, 10am – 5pm
Sun, 12noon – 4pm

Closed Mon and Bank Holidays

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)