Zabludowicz Collection – The Stand-Ins: Figurative Painting from the Collection
Featured artists: Maxwell Alexandre, Anna Glantz, Philip Guston, Jamian Juliano-Villani, Jordan Kasey, Ella Kruglyanskaya, Maria Lassnig, Kate Lyddon, Christina Quarles, Avery Singer, Dorothea Tanning, Henry Taylor, Caragh Thuring, Tesfaye Urgessa, Willem Weismann, Robin F. Williams, Issy Wood, Rose Wylie, Jakub Julian Ziolkowski
The Stand-Ins brings together 19 artists who deploy autobiographical elements and a cast of imagined characters in the construction of their paintings and narratives. Showcasing works from the Zabludowicz Collection, the exhibition maps lines of influence across generations, featuring seminal figures alongside important new voices.
The term ‘stand-in’ suggests a temporary replacement, an understudy or avatar filling in for an absent lead. Recently the vulnerability of bodies has been brought into sharp focus for us all. As we step back into the physical and social world after an enforced period of separation, how might we have changed? Who, or what, will we choose to present to others? This air of uncertainty about interactions in the world we share cannot help but permeate artists’ studios today, but this concern has a long history that predates the contemporary moment.