Jimmy Robert 3 August – 4 September 2021 Preview: Saturday, 31 July 2021 Kurfürstenstraße 24/25, Berlin
Esteban Jefferson 17 July – 14 August 2021 4654 W Washington Blvd Los Angeles 90016
Autoconstrucción. Piezas Sueltas. Juego y Experiencia, curated by Ángel Calvo Ulloa
ARTIUM – Basque Museum of Contemporary Art, Vitoria, Spain
21 June – 1 November 2021
A picture stuck in the mirror
Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle
16 October 2021 – 6 February 2022
Moravian Gallery, Brno
Olomouc Triennale 2021: Universum, curated by Gina Renotiére and Barbora Kundračíková
Olomouc, Czech Republic
24 June 2021 – 2 January 2022
Diversity United. Contemporary European Art
Flughafen Tempelhof, Berlin
8 June – 19 September 2021
British Art Show Exhibition Tour
Aberdeen Art Gallery; Wolverhampton Art Gallery; Manchester Art Gallery; The Gallery, Plymouth College of Art
10 July 2021 – 23 December 2022
Tanya Leighton, Berlin
18 June – 24 July 2021
One Escape at a Time
11th Seoul Mediacity Biennale, Seoul
8 September – 21 November 2021
Yesterday we said tomorrow
Prospect 5 Triennial, New Orleans
23 October 2021 – 23 January 2022
Spatial Affairs. Worlding
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne EPFL Pavilions
29 April – 31 August 2021
Tanya Leighton, Berlin
31 July – 4 September 2021
John Smith, solo exhibition
Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen, Magdeburg, Germany
Masculinities: Liberation through Photography
Barbican Centre, London; Luma Foundation, Arles, and Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin
Tanya Leighton, Berlin, established in 2008, 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, performance, minimal and conceptual art.
Director: Vanessa Boni
Associate Director: Simon Gowing
Gallery Manager: Melanie Isabel García
Registrar: Henry Babbage
Finance Manager: Stefan Schuster
Gallery Assistant: Roberta Cotterli
Tanya Leighton Berlin
Kurfürstenstraße 156 & 24/25
Berlin 10785 DE
Tanya Leighton Los Angeles
4654 W Washington Blvd
LA 90016 CA
Open Tuesday – Saturday
11am – 6pm and by appointment
¡Vivan los campos libres de España!
3 February – 23 April 2017, La Casa Encendida, Madrid
The title ‘Long Live the Free Fields of Spain!’ is a phrase uttered by the sculptor Alberto Sánchez during one of his country rambles on the outskirts of Madrid with the painter Benjamín Palencia and recorded in the book ‘Palabras de un escultor’, written by the sculptor himself in conversation with Luis Lacasa. That idea of the juxtaposition of the modern and rural worlds of 1940s Spain now serves to reveal the graphic effects of natural patterns, cycles and seasons on our psychology. Always focused on the essential, the spare, formal language of Antonio Ballester Moreno (b. Madrid, 1977) is based on an abstraction that forges symbols out of basic geometric shapes. Moons, suns, rain and stars are used to represent a life cycle with lines and strokes reminiscent of early avant-garde artists like Paul Klee, Joan Miró and Josef Albers.
At the same time, the show alludes to the context that witnessed the rise of the first artistic avant-garde movements and all of their chronological benchmarks, such as primitivism, childhood, geometry, concrete art, abstraction, figuration and realism. This exhibition, conceived as one huge installation, represents a period of nature through the autumn season, rain, sun and moon. These elements refer to basic geometric shapes as well as to the context that witnessed the emergence of the first artistic avant-garde movements and their chronological precedents, such as primitivism, childhood, geometry, concrete art, abstraction, figuration and realism.
The works of Antonio Ballester, one of the biggest names in Spanish painting today, point to a world of primary colours and childish forms where materials like unprocessed jute or clay yield an oeuvre of singular beauty, austere shapes representing planets and stars on colour fields. His artistic practice is a convergence of various themes, including that of the education and learning that has enabled him to create a symbolic world where everything is connected.
In recent years, this artist has gradually refined and reduced his formal language to simplified forms and colours that allude to the most basic, to origins. The result is a careful selection of works that form a lovely natural landscape and reveal the artist's personal style, with its emphasis on the essential and vernacular.
La Casa Encendida has published a book to accompany this exhibition which contains over twenty collages as well as texts by the sculptor, writer and scholar Juan Borders, the curator and researcher Ulrich Schötker, the professor and historian Rafael Sánchez-Mateos and the curator Tania Pardo.