Spike Island

David Batchelor and Andrea SchliekerIn conversation


Thursday 5 December 2013, 6pm


£5, £3 concessions
Free for Spike Associates
Booking advised

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David Batchelor discusses his work with exhibition curator Andrea Schlieker, exploring Batchelor’s ideas about colour, line, space and perception in both his drawings and paintings, as well as in his sculptures and installations.

David Batchelor

David Batchelor (b. 1955, Dundee) is an artist and writer based in London. He studied Fine Art at Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham (1975-78), and Cultural Theory at Birmingham University (1978-80).

Batchelor’s work comprises three-dimensional structures, photographs and drawings, and mostly relate to a long term interest in colour and urbanism. He has exhibited widely in the UK, continental Europe, the Americas and, more recently, Asia. Recent exhibitions include Chromophilia: 1995-2010, Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro (2010); Backlights, Galeria Leme, São Paulo, (2008); Color Chart, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2008) and Tate Liverpool (2009); Unplugged, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh (2007); Extreme Abstraction, Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York (2005); the Biennial de Santiago, Chile (2005); Shiny Dirty at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2004); the 26th Bienal De São Paulo (2004); Sodium and Asphalt, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2003); and Days Like These: Tate Britain Triennial of Contemporary Art, Tate Britain, London (2003).

Chromophobia, Batchelor’s book on colour and the fear of colour in the West, was published by Reaktion Books, London, in 2000 and is now available in eight languages. Colour (2008), an anthology of writings on colour from 1850 to the present, edited by Batchelor, is published by Whitechapel, London and MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass. His other book, Minimalism, was published by Tate Publications in 1997, and he has written many catalogue essays as well as features and reviews in journals such as Frieze, Artforum, Artscribe, and Cabinet.

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