History Painting: Rose Wylie will present works dating from 2002 to 2017 by the British artist as part of a multisite solo exhibition at Plymouth Arts Centre and The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art in southwest England.
On view at Plymouth Arts Centre will be a recent series by Rose Wylie based on the historic voyage of the Mayflower, which carried Pilgrims from Plymouth, England, to the New World in 1620. The paintings, which were created from 2015 to 2017, draw on Wylie’s memories of studying the Pilgrims as a child in the 1930s, and considers the changing interpretations of history.
Among other works at Plymouth Arts Centre will be the large-scale painting Park Dogs & Air Raid (2017), first shown in the artist’s critically acclaimed solo exhibition Quack Quack at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London, in 2017. The painting relates both to Wylie’s own experiences in London during the Blitz of World War II and to the history of Plymouth, which suffered severe bomb damage in 1941. An interview with the artist by Hans Ulrich Obrist about the Serpentine exhibition will be screened as part of the presentation, as well as Ben Rivers’s film What Means Something (2015), a portrait of Wylie. Also included will be some of the artist’s Film Notes paintings in reference to Plymouth Arts Centre’s seventy-year history as a gallery and cinema.
At The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art, the presentation will focus on Wylie’s depiction of the female form in works dating from 2002 to 2006, as well as selected self-portraits.
History Painting: Rose Wylie has been a long-term project for the exhibition’s curator, Ben Borthwick, who told Artlyst: "I have been talking to Rose about her work for over a decade . . . So when I started at Plymouth Arts Centre [as director] in 2014, this was one of the first exhibitions I commissioned. I knew Rose would be interested in Plymouth’s histories and myths and am delighted she has made a new cycle of paintings about the Mayflower to be shown with existing work on a range of themes that speak to Plymouth’s magnificent history and gritty present."
This exhibition will travel to the Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange in Cornwall, England, where it will be on view from June 9 through September 15, 2018.
Image: Rose Wylie, Park Dogs & Air Raid, 2017 (detail)