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Nude collages by John Stezaker - Contemporary Art Society

John Stezaker, Fall XII 1992, collage, 16.1 x 10.8cm. © the artist, courtesy the artist and The Approach.

Exhibition preview

NUDE collages by influential British artist John Stezaker will be on display at the Contemporary Art Society’s space at 59 Central Street from September 4 to October 4, 2013, along with a number of other works relating to flesh and the body.

Stezaker won the prestigious Deutsche Börse photography prize in 2012 and has played a highly significant role in key artistic developments of the last three decades.

Using found photographs, film magazines, vintage postcards and illustrations, Stezaker is well-known for his collages involving tears, cuts, insertions and maskings, and he has been instrumental in championing appropriation art and the re-emergence of collage.

Two collages by Stezaker, Fall XII and Fall XIII (both 1992), were recently purchased for York Art Gallery by the Contemporary Art Society, the Art Fund and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Taken from Stezaker’s anatomical nudes series, these works will be shown alongside other works from York’s permanent collection that focus on nudity, flesh and the body, including a number of paintings by William Etty (1787 -1849).

Etty’s life studies provide an interesting contrast to Stezaker’s collages of male and female bodies and this is the first time these works have ever been shown together.

Other works from York’s collection on display include a drawing by Berlinde De Bruyckere and part of Helen Chadwick’s autobiographical work Ego Geometria Sum. These works, along with the Stezaker works on display, were purchased by York Art Gallery through Renew, a funding scheme set up by the Art Fund.

Sophia Bardsley, Deputy Director of the Contemporary Art Society, said:

“Our unrivalled relationships with museums, built up over 100 years, ensure that we have developed an in-depth knowledge of museum collections in the UK and how these collections can be enriched and enlivened through gifting new works.

“This unique display draws attention to York’s growing collection of art that examines artistic responses to the body and flesh, from William Etty to the present day. We are delighted to have been able to further enhance this collection with two nudes by John Stezaker, such an important figure in British contemporary art.”

There will be an Artist Talk (John Stezaker) on September 12 at 7pm (booking required).

Contemporary Art Society, 59 Central Street, London, EC1V 3AF

Tel: +44 (0)20 7017 8400

Website: www.contemporaryartsociety.org/