The Artist’s Conversation: Catherine Yass in discussion with George Vasey

Catherine Yass. Courtesy of the artist
Catherine Yass. Courtesy of the artist

30 April 2020


Please join us on 30 April when Catherine Yass will be in discussion with George Vasey, Curator at Wellcome Collection, on Zoom. Catherine will be talking about her work and its contemporary relevance, from early pieces documenting the liminal spaces of the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel to her 2019 commission undertaken by Contemporary Art Society’s Consultancy for the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom celebrating 100 years of women in the law. There will also be an opportunity to participate in the discussion through a Q&A at the end of the talk.

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Catherine Yass (b. London, UK, 1963) lives and works in London and trained at the Slade School of Art, London; the Hochschüle der Künst, Berlin; and Goldsmiths College, London. In 2002, Yass was shortlisted for The Turner Prize.

Important solo exhibitions include Lighthouse, Alison Jacques Gallery, London (2012); a mid-career retrospective at De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea (2011); Flight, The Phillips Collections, Washington D.C.; The China Series, Stedelijk-Hertogenbosch Museum, The Netherlands (2009); Descent, St Louis Art Museum (2009).

Yass has participated in international group exhibitions including Living With Buildings, Wellcome Collection, London (2018); Dizziness Navigating the Unknown, CCA, Warsaw (2017); Navigating the Unknown. Elastic Actions in a Dizzying World, Kunsthaus Graz, Austria (2017); Desire Lines, Australian Centre of Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2012); Government Art Collection: Commissions: Now and Then, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2012); The World in London, Photographer’s Gallery, London (2012); Skyscraper: Art and Architecture Against Gravity, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2012); and High Wire, Tate Britain, London (2012). In 2013 the artist participated in the 13th Montreal Photo Biennale.

Major commissions by Yass include Decommissioned, JCC, The Jewish Community Centre, London (2013); Rambert, Rambert Dance Company, London (2013); and Split Sides, Merce Cunningham, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York (2003). Yass spent five weeks in China on a British Council residency, where she made Lock (2006) which was filmed at the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River. In 2017, RIBA held a screening of the artist’s film, Aeolian Piano, in collaboration with the BBC.

Her work features in a number of major important collections worldwide including Tate, London; Arts Council of England, The British Council and the Government Art Collection, London; The Jewish Museum, New York; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; and the National Museum of Women in the Arts Collection, Washington DC.


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