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John Bird curates major exhibition

John Bird curates major exhibition

Spanish show of Leon Golub's work

Jon Bird, Professor of Art and Critical Theory, whose book on Leon Golub was released in a second edition in March, has curated a major show of the American artist’s work in the Spanish capital.

In contrast with the predominant conceptualisation of painting as an autonomous and purely visual medium during the post-war period, Leon Golub (Chicago, 1922-2004) and his work moved against the current in the United States. This retrospective includes drawings and paintings that demonstrate the value of pictorial features as a narrative and symbolic expression of sociopolitical relationships and the effects of power on contemporary society. Golub’s painting, somewhere between the figurative and the grotesque, explores violence and oppression using the body as a sign of identity.

The exhibition at the Palacio de Velázquez gallery of the Reina Sofia in Madrid is open from 6 May to 12 September 2011.