Upcoming Exhibition

Andrew Webb - Heavenly Flowers

 

Retro Spective Exhibition

OPENING ANTWERP ART WEEKEND: 26/05/22

EXHIBITION UNTIL 15 JULY 2022

 

 

Andrew Webb(° 1966), artist of our gallery since 2004, suddenly passed away in March 2019 at his residence in Sandwich (UK). Muhka (Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp) made a intimate exhibition last year (May – August 2021).

Webb was born in Warwickshire, England, and studied at the Goldsmith's College, University of London. After a short stay in Spain, he and his partner Jon Thompson moved to Belgium in the mid-1990s, where he lived first in Antwerp and then in Brussels until 2008. From 2008 he lived and worked in Sandwich (Kent, England). 

Andrew Webb's oeuvre initially consists of conceptually based objects and collages. Although his oeuvre is influenced by Dadaism and Surrealism, it is definitely contemporary and makes frequent use of language with visual and phonetic puns and anagrams, humour and eroticism. Jean Fisher (1942 - 2016) wrote: "Webb works with the visual-verbal pun, the anagram and the portmanteau word that more often than not conceal a sexual meaning. They form the hinge what Duchamp called a 'corridor of humour' through which our expectations of language and meaning are disrupted and experience is opened up to the play of fantasy."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The A and the W, Webb's initials appear frequently in his oeuvre : the Alpha and the Omega form Webb's cosmic connection.

From 2011 Andrew Webb concentrated on painting with his own typical brushwork in oil on canvas. The last paintings found in Andrew Webb's studio refer to his important spatial works "The aristocratic Hairline Machine", "The Line of Saved", and the use of missals in his collages, paintings and sculptures.

The Annie Gentils gallery is organising a small retrospective exhibition including the most recent paintings as found at his studio in Sandwich where he conceived a new exhibition to be held in spring 2019. The exhibition "Heavenly Flowers" opens during Antwerp Art Weekend (26/05/22) and can be visited until mid-July 2021.

The title of the exhibition comes from a poemof Andrew Webb:

The Persistent fluttering of

The Butterfly outside

My Window,

Casts its

Shadow,

Dancing on the

Studio Floor.

He can see I am painting,

Heavenly Flowers.

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The City of Antwerp acquired an important work by the English conceptual artist

Stephen Willats: Concrete window, (from encounters in Antwerp and elswhere), 1991

 Concrete Window was made during winter 1990 - 1991 in Antwerp and exhibited at the Annie Gentils Gallery (Montevideo) in 1991.

Concrete Window was exhibited at MUHKA in 2019 (exhibition curated by Nav Haq)

 

"On the left bank of the river dividing Antwerp there is another city, a satellite seemingly hidden from the visitor to the historic centre of the main city.

This satellite city is a dormitory of apartments situated in vast slab blocks of concrete, dotted around like monuments in a highly ordered, landscape park. I invited three women, who were resident in separate parts of an apartment block at Ernest Claesstraat 12, to paricipate in making a work centered on the environment of their living space, photographically documenting objects the identified as significant under their supervision before making a

tape-recorded discussion as to the personal meanings they attached to them. The result of each documentation then formed the context of the 'symbolic world' presented in the work, founded on the actuality of each woman's unique experience of a common structure that, unwittingly, links them."

 Stephen Willats  in  "Concrete Window", 1991in:  Cat. " Concrete Window - Montevideo 1991, ed. Annie Gentils, Antwerp, 1991

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