Angela de la Cruz

19 December 2013
Angela de la Cruz, One Painting 1999, Oil on canvas, 370 x 300 cm © the artist. Courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery


Purchased by the Contemporary Art Society and gifted to Tate. 

Angela de la Cruz was born in La Coruña, Spain in 1965, moving to London 1989 where she now lives and works. De la Cruz studied at Goldsmiths College and the Slade School of Fine Art and was short-listed for the 2012 Turner Prize in recognition of her survey exhibition After at Camden Arts Centre from 1 April – 30 May 2010.

One Painting, 1999 is an exemplary work from de la Cruz’s early career when the artist was establishing her characteristic approach to painting for which she is now recognised. As Tate continues to seek to represent mid-career artists who came to the fore in the 1990s, this key work offers an opportunity to strengthen holdings in this area by beginning de la Cruz’s representation within the Tate Collection.

One Painting is a large monochromatic canvas with an off-white surface. Hanging from the corner of the gallery at close proximity to the floor, the painting’s visible stretcher bars have been roughly broken on the left side and part of the canvas torn vertically. The work appears to have been crushed as its broken parts tilt tentatively from the corner of the gallery. One Painting belongs to a defining body of work made between 1995 and 1999 which de la Cruz referred to as Everyday Paintings . Beginning life as rectilinear abstract paintings, these canvases were then subjected by the artist to unusual and often violent physical distortions. Since the mid 1990s Angela de la Cruz’s practice has sought to interrogate the language and medium of painting – unpacking its conventions, limits and methods to make works that, while concerned with their status as paintings, cannot necessarily be considered as such.


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