June 23rd, 2014

David Robilliard at Institute of Contemporary Arts

David Robilliard, You Know How to Wind Me Up, 1988, acrylic on canvas. Photograph: Paul Knight.

Artist: David Robilliard

Venue: Institute of Contemporary Arts London

Exhibition Title: The Yes No Quality of Dreams

Date: April 16 – June 15, 2014

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Installation shot, David Robilliard: The Yes No Quality of Dreams, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, 2014. Photograph: Paul Knight. © The Estate of David Robilliard. All rights reserved. DACS 2014.

David Robilliard, Wondering What to Do this Evening, 1987, acrylic on canvas. Photograph: Paul Knight. Courtesy collection Chris Hall. © The Estate of David Robilliard. All rights reserved. DACS 2014.          

David Robilliard, A Roomful of Hungry Looks, 1987, acrylic on canvas. Photograph: Paul Knight. Courtesy private collection, Belgium. © The Estate of David Robilliard. All rights reserved. DACS 2014.

Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.

Images:

Images courtesy of Institute of Contemporary Arts London, 2014. Photos by Paul Knight.

Press Release:

The ICA brings together a selection of paintings by London-based poet and painter David Robilliard in the first UK institutional exhibition for over twenty years. These intimate paintings combine figurative elements with text taken directly from Robilliard’s own poems. Coded and knowing, his evocative prose alludes to intimate sexual encounters and passing infatuations that ultimately conjure an image of 1980s queer London. Robilliard moved to London in 1975 and would become close friends with Gilbert & George, momentarily appearing in the film The World of Gilbert & George (1981). Throughout the 1980s Robilliard published books and postcards of his poetry, as well as contributing to publications such as The Fred, Square Peg and The Manipulator. Robilliard was described by Gilbert & George as ‘the new master of the modern person’. Robilliard’s paintings appeared in numerous gallery exhibitions during his lifetime, as well as exhibiting in venues such as London’s Hippodrome and L’Escargot restaurant. In 1993, a major retrospective was held at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

Link: David Robilliard at Institute of Contemporary Arts

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