Go See – London: “Gauguin: Maker of Myth” at Tate Modern through January 16th, 2011

October 17th, 2010

Two Tahitian Women
(1889) by Paul Gauguin, via The Guardian

Currently on view at the Tate Modern is Gauguin: Maker of Myth, the first exhibition devoted exclusively to the work of Paul Gauguin in over half a century. Featuring more than 100 works from private and public collections worldwide, the exhibition examines the artist’s unique approach to storytelling in his compositional practice. The works displayed offer greater insight into the narrative process of one of the most prominent figures of the Post-Impressionist era.

The Ham
(1889) by Paul Gauguin, via The Guardian

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Neveromore O Tahiti (1897) by Paul Gauguin, via The Guardian

The current exhibition challenges previously conceived notions about the artist and reveals how Gauguin’s multi-layered narrative approach was pivotal to the development of his signature style.

Two Tahitian Women
(1899) by Paul Gauguin, via The Guardian.

The exhibition includes many of the artist’s most iconic works, such as Teha’amana has Many Parents (1893), produced during his self-imposed exile on the island of Tahiti. It was there that he drew inspiration from the island’s tropical ambiance and native lifestyle, immersing himself in the rapidly disappearing Maori culture, and imbuing his work with new perspectives on ritual and myth. Living in the South Seas led Gauguin to revitalize his art and  enhance his appreciation of religion, myth and tradition; themes in which he first took an interest while living in Brittany, Martinique and Arles.

Aha Oe Feii/ What, Are you Jealous? (1892),via The Guardian

The show also features a room dedicated to his self-portraits, such as Self-portrait with Manau tu papau (1893). These works reveal the artist’s ability to present his own character in widely-varying forms, from sinner and victim to Christ-like martyr.

Tahitian Nude with Seated Back (1902) by Paul Gauguin, via The Guardian

Also on display are rarely-seen illustrated letters, sketches, and memoirs, providing insight into the artist’s consciousness and creative thought-process. Gauguin: Maker of Myth is curated by art historian Belinda Thomson, a leading specialist on Gauguin.  The exhibition is produced in partnership with the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. where the it will be on view from 21 February 2011 to 30 May 2011.

Related Links:
Exhibition Page [Tate Modern]
Gauguin: Maker of Myth [The Guardian]
Review: Tate Modern Exhibition Makes a Fresh Case for Gauguin [WSJ]
Gauguin: Maker of Myth [National Gallery]
The Glory of Gauguin [FT]
Gauguin: Maker of Myth at the Tate Modern [The Telegraph]
Murakami’s Creations Invade Versailles [NY Times]
Paul Gauguin: Guilty as Charged [The Guardian]
Paul Gauguin at the Tate Modern: Desire, Death, Myth [The Telegraph]
Gauguin’s Dreamy Mysteries Seduce in Tate Show [Bloomberg]
The Art and Letters of Gauguin: Guardian Video [Guardian]

-R.A. Proctor