Tal R

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About the Artist

Working across a diverse range of media including painting, drawing, print, textiles, sculpture and furniture, Tal R questions our conceptions of and presumptions about our surrounding reality – what we’re seeing and where its meaning lies. With their flamboyant colours and exuberantly painted imagery, the paintings for which Tal R first became known give the impression of being simple, almost turning high art into child's play. While they are certainly direct, with paint often squeezed straight from the tube, his canvases in fact wear their sophistication and intelligence lightly. Central to the work is Tal R's profound understanding of painterly tradition which simultaneously accommodates muscular, expressive brushstrokes used to describe people, objects or places, and a stabilising pictorial format informed in part by formalist abstraction. These early paintings are divided into three horizontal bands which can be read by the viewer as levels of different activity. 

  • Tal R: a film by Louisiana Channel

     

    In the run up to his major exhibition, Academy of Tal R at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark (until 10 September 2017), the artist was interviewed by Kasper Bech Dyg and Marc-Christoph Wagner over the course of six months while he was in the process of making his series of large-scale railcar paintings, Habakuk

     

    Visit the Louisiana Channel for full details.

     

    © Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2017

     

  • Previous exhibitions at Victoria Miro

    24 February - 30 April 2021

    The Sky was Blue the Sea was Blue and the Boy was Blue

    An exhibition of work by 19 artists celebrating the colour blue, available online and on Vortic as part of The London Collective.

    Victoria Miro on Vortic
    26 January - 18 April 2019

    Christian Holstad, Grayson Perry, Tal R, Betty Woodman

    This exhibition brings together ceramic works by four artists who, through a diversity of approaches, explore the possibilities of the medium: its fluidity, in spite of an undeniable physicality, in relation to genres such as painting and sculpture, and equally...
    Victoria Miro Venice
    23 January - 23 March 2019

    Asger Jorn, Per Kirkeby, Tal R

    Victoria Miro presents an exhibition celebrating three generations of internationally acclaimed Danish artists: Asger Jorn (1914–1973), Per Kirkeby (1938–2018), and Tal R (born 1967).
    Victoria Miro Mayfair
    20 September - 20 December 2017

    Tal R: Sexshops

    With their areas of flat, unmodulated colour and deceptively simple compositions, Tal R’s paintings have long questioned our conception of and presumptions about our surrounding reality – what we see and where its meaning and beauty lies. In these new...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    25 January - 18 March 2017

    House Work

    Including Mamma Andersson, Jules de Balincourt, Hernan Bas, Marc Chagall, Peter Doig, Adrian Ghenie, David Harrison, Karen Kilimnik, John Kørner, LS Lowry, Alice Neel, Celia Paul, Grayson Perry, Tal R, David Rayson, George Shaw and Cy Twombly. A group exhibition...
    Victoria Miro Mayfair
    13 October - 14 November 2015

    Forces in Nature

    Curated by Hilton Als
    A group exhibition curated by the celebrated US critic and author Hilton Als. The exhibition explores the idea of man in nature and includes works by Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Verne Dawson, Peter Doig, NS Harsha, Alice Neel, Chris Ofili, Celia...
    Victoria Miro Gallery II
    23 April - 30 May 2015

    Tal R

    Chimney school of sculpture
    An exhibition of new work by the Copenhagen-based artist, accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, with essay by Tom Morton, view an online version . Tal R has often used the word 'kolbojnik', meaning leftovers in Hebrew, to describe his...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    13 March - 17 April 2014

    Tal R

    Walk Towards Hare Hill
    An exhibition of a cycle of distinctive plein air paintings by the Copenhagen-based artist. Walk towards Hare Hill comprises thirty-seven works created near the artist's summerhouse in northern Denmark, over a couple of months in late summer 2013. More than...
    Victoria Miro Mayfair
    12 October - 12 November 2011

    Tal R

    Science Fiction
    Victoria Miro Gallery presents Science Fiction, an exhibition of new paintings by Tal R. The works in this exhibition mark a major development in the Danish artist's practice. Known for his exuberant paintings, works on paper, sculpture, textiles and installations...
    Victoria Miro Gallery II
    22 June - 30 July 2010

    In the Company of Alice

    Group Exhibition
    'If you do not solve your painting problem in painting human beings, you do not solve it at all'. Gertrude Stein Hernan Bas, John Currin, Verne Dawson, Peter Doig, Marlene Dumas, David Harrison, NS Harsha, Boscoe Holder, Chantal Joffe, Karen...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    21 May - 25 July 2009

    Tal R

    armes de chine
    'armes de chine refers to a classic manual about weapons from ancient China. These objects, which once had a very specific and practical purpose, now several hundred years later seem completely abstract. Like a long lost slang…' Tal R Victoria...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    13 May - 23 June 2006

    Tal R

    Minus
    The Victoria Miro Gallery presents Minus, an exhibition of new paintings and works on paper by Tal R. The Danish artist is best known for his exuberant and deceptively simple works, which transform a picture book naiveté into a darker,...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    14 January - 14 February 2004

    Extended Painting

    Group Exhibition
    Anne Chu, Hiroko Nakao, Jacco Olivier, Grayson Perry, Tal R, Adriana Varejão This exhibition features six artists from Asia, the Americas and Europe whose work extends the possibility of painting beyond the canvas. American artist Anne Chu uses a variety...
    Victoria Miro Gallery II
    17 May - 14 June 2003

    Tal R

    Lords of Kolbojnik
    'My art always finds its point of departure in contemporary life… I'd say that most of my works are about things I've picked up in all imaginable places other than in the world of art.' Tal R. Lords of Kolbojnik...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    27 June - 15 September 2001

    Works on Paper

    Group Exhibition (From Acconci to Zittel)
    Giovanni Anselmo, Alex Katz, Lisa Yuskavage, Vito Acconci, Henry Moore, Dawn Mellor, Nicolas de Stael, Cecily Brown, Karen Kilimnik, Sue Williams, Inka Essenhigh, Rosemarie Trockel, John Currin, David Hockney David Smith, Paul Klee, Verne Dawson, Sonia Delaunay-Terk, Stephen Willats, Terry...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    1 February - 17 March 2001

    Painting 2001

    Group Exhibition
    Verne Dawson, Mari Eastman, Steve Mumford, Kori Newkirk, Tal R, Daniel Richter
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
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