Richard Wilson

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RICHARD WILSON

RICHARD WILSON

Biography

Richard Wilson was born in London in 1953, where he lives and works. He studied at the London College of Printing, at the Hornsey College of Art and at the University of Reading. He is among the most renowned English sculptors for his spatial interventions that draw inspiration from the worlds of engineering and construction. Almost all of his works are site-specific, but liable to be adapted to any architectural space; they explore, in fact, the relation their physical occupation of space and the mutation of daily materials. Collapsed caravans, dismounted taxis, stacked shacks and stairs that lead nowhere, are just some of the impressive creations of the artist that aim to react with the everyday life and to show new points of view. His compositions reveal the friction between reality and fiction, the object and its image, creating a sense of disorientation induced by the ambiguity between the feeling of familiarity and at the same time of newness that makes the exposed images recognizable, in part but not entirely. Richard Wilson has been exhibiting his work in national and international art spaces and creating important exhibitions and public works in Japan, United States, Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Australia and other countries.

Richard Wilson represented Great Britain at the biennial in Sydney (1992), San Paolo (1990), Venice (1986) and at the Yokohama Triennial (2005). He has been shortlisted twice for the Turner Prize and selected for the prestigious DAAD residence in Berlin in 1992/93. He is the only British artist to have been invited to take part in the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2000, in Japan. Since 2006 he is member of the Royal Academy and in 2008 he received the honorary PhD at the Middlesex University. Among his most notable and significant projects: “20:50”, installed at M.O.N.A. Museum in Tasmania, a reflective sea of recycled engine oil; “A Slice of Reality” public work realized for the Millennium Dome site in 2000, a vertical section of an oceanic dredger exposed to the e ects of time and tide; “Turning the Place Over”, commissioned for Liverpool 2008 European Capital of Culture and active until 2011, an ovoid section of 10 meter diameter on the façade of a disused building turned three-dimensionally onto a central spindle; and the most recent “Slipstream” realized in 2014 for Terminal 2 of London’s Heathrow airport, a monumental 80- meter aluminium project that represents the passage in space of a moving object.

His solo exhibitions have been held in institutions around the world, among the most recent: Cooper Gallery, Dundee (2018), Palazzo delle Papesse – Centro d’arte contemporanea, Siena (2004), De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea (2003), Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh (2002), Tate Gallery, London (1997), MOCA, Los Angeles (1994), Kunsterhaus Bethanien, Berlino (1993), Centrum Sztuki Wspolczesnej, Warsaw and Museum of Modern Art, Oxford (1990), Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense (1989), Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth (1987). Among the group exhibitions: MAXXI, Roma and Hayward Gallery, London (2018), Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2013), Palazzo Fabroni, Pistoia (2010), Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice (2002), Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2001), London Institute, London (1998), National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (1996), Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (1993), The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (1987), Lehmbruch Museum (1980). His collaboration with Galleria Fumagalli began in 2005 with the artist’s participation in the group show “AAVV: 30” and continued in 2007 with the first solo show “The Ape Piaggio” in Bergamo, followed in 2018 by the second solo show “Take an Object” in the news spaces in Milano.

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Biography

Richard Wilson was born in London in 1953, where he lives and works. He studied at the London College of Printing, at the Hornsey College of Art and at the University of Reading. He is among the most renowned English sculptors for his spatial interventions that draw inspiration from the worlds of engineering and construction. Almost all of his works are site-specific, but liable to be adapted to any architectural space; they explore, in fact, the relation their physical occupation of space and the mutation of daily materials. Collapsed caravans, dismounted taxis, stacked shacks and stairs that lead nowhere, are just some of the impressive creations of the artist that aim to react with the everyday life and to show new points of view. His compositions reveal the friction between reality and fiction, the object and its image, creating a sense of disorientation induced by the ambiguity between the feeling of familiarity and at the same time of newness that makes the exposed images recognizable, in part but not entirely. Richard Wilson has been exhibiting his work in national and international art spaces and creating important exhibitions and public works in Japan, United States, Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Australia and other countries.

Richard Wilson represented Great Britain at the biennial in Sydney (1992), San Paolo (1990), Venice (1986) and at the Yokohama Triennial (2005). He has been shortlisted twice for the Turner Prize and selected for the prestigious DAAD residence in Berlin in 1992/93. He is the only British artist to have been invited to take part in the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2000, in Japan. Since 2006 he is member of the Royal Academy and in 2008 he received the honorary PhD at the Middlesex University. Among his most notable and significant projects: “20:50”, installed at M.O.N.A. Museum in Tasmania, a reflective sea of recycled engine oil; “A Slice of Reality” public work realized for the Millennium Dome site in 2000, a vertical section of an oceanic dredger exposed to the e ects of time and tide; “Turning the Place Over”, commissioned for Liverpool 2008 European Capital of Culture and active until 2011, an ovoid section of 10 meter diameter on the façade of a disused building turned three-dimensionally onto a central spindle; and the most recent “Slipstream” realized in 2014 for Terminal 2 of London’s Heathrow airport, a monumental 80- meter aluminium project that represents the passage in space of a moving object.

His solo exhibitions have been held in institutions around the world, among the most recent: Cooper Gallery, Dundee (2018), Palazzo delle Papesse – Centro d’arte contemporanea, Siena (2004), De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea (2003), Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh (2002), Tate Gallery, London (1997), MOCA, Los Angeles (1994), Kunsterhaus Bethanien, Berlino (1993), Centrum Sztuki Wspolczesnej, Warsaw and Museum of Modern Art, Oxford (1990), Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense (1989), Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth (1987). Among the group exhibitions: MAXXI, Roma and Hayward Gallery, London (2018), Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2013), Palazzo Fabroni, Pistoia (2010), Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice (2002), Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2001), London Institute, London (1998), National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (1996), Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (1993), The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (1987), Lehmbruch Museum (1980). His collaboration with Galleria Fumagalli began in 2005 with the artist’s participation in the group show “AAVV: 30” and continued in 2007 with the first solo show “The Ape Piaggio” in Bergamo, followed in 2018 by the second solo show “Take an Object” in the news spaces in Milano.

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Works

Richard Wilson, Stealing Space Compressed, 2018. Plywood, 210x240x64 cm

Richard Wilson, Stealing Space Compressed, 2018. Plywood, 210x240x64 cm

Richard Wilson, Stealing Space Compressed, 2018
Plywood, 210x240x64 cm
Richard Wilson, Shells, 2018. Drum shells, plywood, metal fixings, 105x150x130 cm

Richard Wilson, Shells, 2018. Drum shells, plywood, metal fixings, 105x150x130 cm

Richard Wilson, Shells, 2018
Drum shells, plywood, metal fixings, 105x150x130 cm
Richard Wilson, Direct Debit Sculpture, 2018. Plastic debit card, plywood, 130x56x53 cm

Richard Wilson, Direct Debit Sculpture, 2018. Plastic debit card, plywood, 130x56x53 cm

Richard Wilson, Direct Debit Sculpture, 2018
Plastic debit card, plywood, 130x56x53 cm
Richard Wilson, Stealing Space Compressed, 2018. Collage on paper, 67x48 cm

Richard Wilson, Stealing Space Compressed, 2018. Collage on paper, 67x48 cm

Richard Wilson, Stealing Space Compressed, 2018
Collage on paper, 67x48 cm
Richard Wilson, Stealing Space Compressed, 2018. Collage on paper, 67x48 cm

Richard Wilson, Stealing Space Compressed, 2018. Collage on paper, 67x48 cm

Richard Wilson, Stealing Space Compressed, 2018
Collage on paper, 67x48 cm
Richard Wilson, Stealing Space Compressed, 2018. Collage on paper, 48x67 cm

Richard Wilson, Stealing Space Compressed, 2018. Collage on paper, 48x67 cm

Richard Wilson, Stealing Space Compressed, 2018
Collage on paper, 48x67 cm
Richard Wilson, Shells, 2018. Collage on paper, 67x48 cm

Richard Wilson, Shells, 2018. Collage on paper, 67x48 cm

Richard Wilson, Shells, 2018
Collage on paper, 67x48 cm
Richard Wilson, Shells, 2018. Collage on paper, 67x48 cm

Richard Wilson, Shells, 2018. Collage on paper, 67x48 cm

Richard Wilson, Shells, 2018
Collage on paper, 67x48 cm
Richard Wilson, Still Life Jug, 2017. Collage on paper, 48x67 cm

Richard Wilson, Still Life Jug, 2017. Collage on paper, 48x67 cm

Richard Wilson, Still Life Jug, 2017
Collage on paper, 48x67 cm
Richard Wilson, Direct Debit, 2018. Collage on paper, 67x48 cm

Richard Wilson, Direct Debit, 2018. Collage on paper, 67x48 cm

Richard Wilson, Direct Debit, 2018
Collage on paper, 67x48 cm
Richard Wilson, Direct Debit, 2018. Collage on paper, 67x48 cm

Richard Wilson, Direct Debit, 2018. Collage on paper, 67x48 cm

Richard Wilson, Direct Debit, 2018
Collage on paper, 67x48 cm
Richard Wilson, Traps Sculpture, 2009. Drums

Richard Wilson, Traps Sculpture, 2009. Drums

Richard Wilson, Traps Sculpture, 2009
Drums

Works

Richard Wilson, Stealing Space Compressed, 2018. Plywood, 210x240x64 cm

Richard Wilson, Stealing Space Compressed, 2018. Plywood, 210x240x64 cm

Richard Wilson, Stealing Space Compressed, 2018
Plywood, 210x240x64 cm
Richard Wilson, Shells, 2018. Drum shells, plywood, metal fixings, 105x150x130 cm

Richard Wilson, Shells, 2018. Drum shells, plywood, metal fixings, 105x150x130 cm

Richard Wilson, Shells, 2018
Drum shells, plywood, metal fixings, 105x150x130 cm
Richard Wilson, Direct Debit Sculpture, 2018. Plastic debit card, plywood, 130x56x53 cm

Richard Wilson, Direct Debit Sculpture, 2018. Plastic debit card, plywood, 130x56x53 cm

Richard Wilson, Direct Debit Sculpture, 2018
Plastic debit card, plywood, 130x56x53 cm
Richard Wilson, Stealing Space Compressed, 2018. Collage on paper, 67x48 cm

Richard Wilson, Stealing Space Compressed, 2018. Collage on paper, 67x48 cm

Richard Wilson, Stealing Space Compressed, 2018
Collage on paper, 67x48 cm
Richard Wilson, Stealing Space Compressed, 2018. Collage on paper, 67x48 cm

Richard Wilson, Stealing Space Compressed, 2018. Collage on paper, 67x48 cm

Richard Wilson, Stealing Space Compressed, 2018
Collage on paper, 67x48 cm
Richard Wilson, Stealing Space Compressed, 2018. Collage on paper, 48x67 cm

Richard Wilson, Stealing Space Compressed, 2018. Collage on paper, 48x67 cm

Richard Wilson, Stealing Space Compressed, 2018
Collage on paper, 48x67 cm
Richard Wilson, Shells, 2018. Collage on paper, 67x48 cm

Richard Wilson, Shells, 2018. Collage on paper, 67x48 cm

Richard Wilson, Shells, 2018
Collage on paper, 67x48 cm
Richard Wilson, Shells, 2018. Collage on paper, 67x48 cm

Richard Wilson, Shells, 2018. Collage on paper, 67x48 cm

Richard Wilson, Shells, 2018
Collage on paper, 67x48 cm
Richard Wilson, Still Life Jug, 2017. Collage on paper, 48x67 cm

Richard Wilson, Still Life Jug, 2017. Collage on paper, 48x67 cm

Richard Wilson, Still Life Jug, 2017
Collage on paper, 48x67 cm
Richard Wilson, Direct Debit, 2018. Collage on paper, 67x48 cm

Richard Wilson, Direct Debit, 2018. Collage on paper, 67x48 cm

Richard Wilson, Direct Debit, 2018
Collage on paper, 67x48 cm
Richard Wilson, Direct Debit, 2018. Collage on paper, 67x48 cm

Richard Wilson, Direct Debit, 2018. Collage on paper, 67x48 cm

Richard Wilson, Direct Debit, 2018
Collage on paper, 67x48 cm
Richard Wilson, Traps Sculpture, 2009. Drums

Richard Wilson, Traps Sculpture, 2009. Drums

Richard Wilson, Traps Sculpture, 2009
Drums

Press

publicdelivery.org

2015
“Is this Bus falling of a Roof?”

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Wallpaper

June 2014
“Flight Path”

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Architectural Design Magazine

February 2013
“Tripping the Flight Fantastic”

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The Telegraph

May 2012
“Richard Wilson: in the Studio”

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frieze.com

November 2008
“Liverpool Biennial”

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The Guardian

March 2003
“Magnificient Man and his Flying Machine”

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Press

publicdelivery.org

2015
“Is this Bus falling of a Roof?”

Read article  →

Wallpaper

June 2014
“Flight Path”

Read article  →

Architectural Design Magazine

February 2013
“Tripping the Flight Fantastic”

Read article  →

The Telegraph

May 2012
“Richard Wilson: in the Studio”

Read article  →

frieze.com

November 2008
“Liverpool Biennial”

Read article  →

The Guardian

March 2003
“Magnificient Man and his Flying Machine”

Read article  →

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

RICHARD WILSON
Take an Object

Opening 10 May 2018
11 May to 21 July 2018

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RICHARD WILSON
The Ape Piaggio

Opening 20 October 2007
23 October 2007 to 31 January 2008

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GROUP EXHIBITIONS

SWITCH ON

Opening 4 October 2012
5 October to 15 November 2012

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AAVV:30

Opening 27 November 2004
30 November 2004 to 30 January 2005

Exhibition  →

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

RICHARD WILSON
Take an Object

Opening 10 May 2018
11 May to 21 July 2018

Exhibition  →

RICHARD WILSON
The Ape Piaggio

Opening 20 October 2007
23 October 2007 to 31 January 2008

Exhibition  →

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

SWITCH ON

Opening 4 October 2012
5 October to 15 November 2012

Exhibition  →

AAVV:30

Opening 27 November 2004
30 November 2004 to 30 January 2005

Exhibition  →

Institutions

Richard Wilson

Slipstream (2014). Installazione permanente, Terminal 2 Heathrow Airport, London, UK
Photo: David Levene

Richard Wilson

Square the Block (2009)
London School of Economics, UK

Richard Wilson

Turning The Place Over (2008)
Year of Culture, Liverpool, UK

Richard Wilson

Butterfly (2003).
Wapping Project, London

Richard Wilson

20:50 (1991)
Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

Institutions

Richard Wilson

Slipstream (2014). Installazione permanente, Terminal 2 Heathrow Airport, London, UK
Photo: David Levene

Richard Wilson

Square the Block (2009)
London School of Economics, UK

Richard Wilson

Turning The Place Over (2008)
Year of Culture, Liverpool, UK

Richard Wilson

Butterfly (2003).
Wapping Project, London

Richard Wilson

20:50 (1991)
Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

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