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Between Before and After

Cristea Roberts Gallery, London

Fri 27 Jan 2023 to Sat 4 Mar 2023

Ali Banisadr, Christiane Baumgartner, Rhys Coren, Michael Craig-Martin, David Nash, Yinka Shonibare CBE, Emma Stibbon, Paul Winstanley, Clare Woods, Richard Woods Cristea Roberts Gallery opens 2023 with an exhibition of new projects – all completed within the last twelve months - by several of the artists with whom we work.

Installation Views

The show takes its name, Between Before and After, from the title of Clare Woods’s recent screenprint in which she portrays the fragility of life through the depiction of flowers. ⁠

Exhibited for the first time are four new pastel stencil editions by David Nash, whose work is based almost exclusively on his observations of nature and the rural landscape around his home in Wales. Two new aquatints by Emma Stibbon, which were made following location-based research and drawing from observation out in the field, will also be on show. Driven by a desire to understand how human activity and the forces of nature shape our surroundings, Stibbon’s prints include a depiction of Chamonix, France, where surrounding glaciers have been receding over the past few years.

Two new woodcuts by Christiane Baumgartner capture sunsets on the Baltic Sea. The Rising Sun, 2022, a colour etching by Ali Banisadr, is inspired by childhood memories and the history of painting and sound.⁠ Prints by Michael Craig-Martin from his new series entitled Past Present, pay homage to one of Craig-Martin’s favourite paintings, Bathers at Asnières, 1884, by Georges Seurat. Craig-Martin reinterprets the scene of working men lounging on the riverbank and bathing in the Seine, in his own distinctive style.

A new work by Yinka Shonibare CBE, entitled Modern Magic (in Pink), 2022, pays homage to African contributions to modernism, by highlighting the importance of African masks on Picasso’s early paintings and sculpture. This new work features Shonibare’s signature wax batik fabric collaged into areas individually hand cut from the prints.

Rhys Coren’s new group of four screenprints, entitled What is Love?, 2022, is inspired by memories of the first album he ever bought. Through his work Coren attempts to use drawing as a means to understand his 30 year relationship with the tracks.

Four new woodcuts by Richard Woods, featuring the artist’s classic wood grain support and densely inked compositions, are inspired by government guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic and refer ironically to the prevalence of bar graphs, line graphs and pie charts to explain social, economic and political trends.

Three new prints by Paul Winstanley take as their subject a modernist stained-glass window inside St. Nicholas’ Church in Hamburg. Once the tallest building in the world, the Lutheran church was almost completely destroyed during the Second World War and rebuilt in a style that has become a symbol of renewal and renovation.

Between Before and After at Cristea Roberts Gallery, London, 2023. Photo: Maxwell Anderson

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