Go See: John Currin at Sadie Coles, London April 2 – May 10

April 15th, 2008

John Currin with recent work, via New Yorker

From April 2nd until May 10th, the Sadie Coles Gallery in London is features a new group of paintings by John Currin. The subject matter ranges from the domestic to erotic. Many notables attended the opening, among them were Alexander McQueen, Jake Chapman, Juergen Teller, Wolfgang Tillmans, Hugh Grant, Mick Jagger, L’Wren Scott and Lucian Freud.

John Currin Exhibition [Sadie Coles HQ]
Currin’s nudes can’t shock the British
[Guardian UK]
The filth and fury of Currin’s new work [Independent UK]

Pushkin Girl via Sadie Coles

Since the beginning of his career Currin is known for his distinctive, mannerist portrayal of women at various ages and body shapes. The artist was born in Colorado, studied at Yale and lives and works in New York. His work has been included in many exhibitions such as the MOMA, Serpentine gallery.

Currin chose this contreversial subject of eroticism to prove that painting can represent an immediate moment as photography (since indeed a common use of photography is porn). Currin’s paintings paint are oil based and are generally an amalgam of historical illustration techniques with contemporary references.

Mick Jagger at Currin opening, via contactmusic

Currin said recently in an interview that they are “very unsexual paintings” and further, “the acrobatic nature of some of the scenes also take away any of the ‘porny’ element.”

Currin with new work, via Independent UK