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Rachel Howard to appear in Lutz Becker's 'Modern Times'

January 12, 2010 by Kay

Don't miss Rachel Howard in Lutz Becker's drawing and film exhibition 'Modern Times: responding to chaos' showing in various locations in the UK. For detailed information on this exhibition, view the press release below.

Commencing at the beautiful Kettle's Yard in Cambridge, this stage of the exhibition will run between 16th January - 14th March 2010. Previously the home to Jim Ede, an ex-curator of the Tate Gallery, Kettle's Yard grew naturally into an art venue from Ede's personal collection of paintings and sculptures obatined by friends in the artworld. Since then, these beautiful surroundings are a popular location choice for exhibitions, but much of Ede's original display still lies in its unpretentious placement among furniture and ceramics around the house.

If you can't make it to Cambridge however, try visiting 'Modern Times' when it re-opens from 1st April in De La Warr Pavillion, a Grade One listed building overlooking the beach in Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex. Here the show runs until 13th June 2010.

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PRESS RELEASE: Modern Times: responding to chaos An exhibition of drawing and film selected by Lutz Becker

Modern Times is a new series of exhibitions where we invite creative people to trace pathways through the 20th and 21st centuries. Exhibition by exhibition, the series will build an informal, accumulative history of the art of our times.

Lutz Becker is a film-maker, painter and curator of exhibitions. Born in East Berlin, he came to London to study at the Slade and stayed on. For this exhibition he combined drawing, the oldest and most fundamental medium, with film, one of the most modern. Both, in their own ways, embody time and a sense of the transient.

The subtitle ‘responding to chaos’ reflects the predicament of artists addressing a period marked by totalitarian regimes, world wars, the threat of nuclear or climatic extinction, and accelerating technological and social change. Theirs is a distinctly urban art, largely uninvolved in the contemplation of nature. As the novelist Malcolm Bradbury has observed: ‘Modernism is our art; it is the one art that responds to the scenario of our chaos.’ Lutz Becker explores the urge towards abstraction and its ongoing dialogue with figuration, and the conversation between the geometric and the gestural.

While being presented non-chronologically – to explore links across time and geography – the exhibition runs the gamut from Italian Futurism and Russian Constructivism via Abstract Expressionism to Minimalism and Conceptualism. It includes work by well known artists such as Boccioni, Malevich, Mondrian, Grosz, Klee, Pollock, de Kooning, Giacometti, Bourgeois, Beuys, Serra, Judd and Twombly, as well as artists sidelined in the mainstream of art history.

The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with essays by Lutz Becker, Iain Boyd Whyte, David Elliott and Nicholas Wadley. It also provides the context for programmes of talks, music and films.