Artists Gert & Uwe Tobias chosen for latest exhibition for Whitechapel Gallery at Windsor, Florida

Courtesy of Windsor

Works by internationally renowned twin brothers Gert and Uwe Tobias will go on display from 9 December 2012- 8 April 2013 at the Whitechapel Gallery at Windsor. It is the second of three annual exhibitions curated by the Whitechapel Gallery in partnership with Windsor’s co-founder and Creative Director The Hon. Hilary M. Weston, to coincide with Art Basel Miami Beach. This will be the first exhibition in Florida of the works of the Romanian-born artists.

Born in Transylvania, identical twins Gert and Uwe Tobias paint, sculpt, make traditional woodcut prints and draw with a typewriter. They have worked together since 2001 and when in their studio the artists often finish each other’s work, picking up where the other left off, so their art often evolves from the deeply shared understanding that twins sometimes develop. Their work is full of strange faces and creatures drawn from eastern European folk art and other sources which are combined with the influences of Russian abstract art from the early 20th century.

These artists’ large woodcut prints of vibrant, jewel-like colours will be part of a site specific installation conceived for the unique environment of this gallery, providing a darkly magical counterpoint to The Gallery at Windsor’s tropical, beach-side setting. The starting point for the display is a huge 2 panel 6-metre woodcut on paper on canvas. This contains hybrid figures with comically grotesque features, globular forms often in pale pastel colours and rectangles which bisect the picture plane - motifs are central to the artists’ pictorial language. The display will also include further coloured woodcuts, collages, wall paintings and a unique invitation woodcut created especially for the exhibition as Gert and Uwe Tobias always do for their solo shows.

Coinciding with Art Basel Miami Beach, the opening will create a ‘salon’ like ambience where leading figures from the art world can meet to discuss and debate ideas. At the centre of this is the Windsor International Art Committee, a circle of ambassadors for the project drawn from collectors, gallerists, curators and Windsor members. The Hon. Hilary M. Weston and Iwona Blazwick OBE, Director of the Whitechapel Gallery, and the artists will attend the opening weekend.

Iwona Blazwick OBE, Director, Whitechapel Gallery, said: ‘The Whitechapel Gallery has always pioneered world-class artists and we are delighted to realise our next exhibition in The Gallery at Windsor. Gert and Uwe Tobias are one of the most fascinating artistic duos working today. Their vividly coloured images, objects and environments evoke a world that is hallucinatory and strange. This new installation promises to bring the dark enchantment of European forests to the gallery in contrast with its beautiful setting in the landscape surrounding it. The Whitechapel Gallery looks forward to presenting these artists for the very first time in Florida at The Gallery at Windsor. ’

We greatly admire the work of Gert & Uwe Tobias, twin brothers influenced by the folkloric art of their native Romania and pleased that the Whitechapel Gallery is featuring them in the second year of their collaboration with The Gallery at Windsor. Windsor has become a destination for important collectors and art lovers alike and we are thrilled to again be presenting such an exciting exhibition this December,’ says The Hon. Hilary M. Weston, philanthropist and former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. Mr and Mrs Weston established the Windsor community, a family oriented residential club community located in Vero Beach, Florida. It spans 416 acres on a barrier island between the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean.

Artists Gert and Uwe Tobias said: ‘We are very grateful that, thanks to the Whitechapel Gallery and Mr. and Mrs. Weston, we will have the opportunity to exhibit at the Gallery at Windsor, Florida. Following our projects at the UCLA Hammer in LA and MoMa in New York, 6 and 7 years ago respectively, it will be interesting to show a small yet exquisite overview of our works from the last few years in the US. We’ll be presenting a wide selection of our ‘drawings’ made with a typewriter, plus collages and woodcuts on paper as well as woodcuts on canvas, which is a new technique developed by us in the last year. In terms of themes the exhibition we’ll be developing the ideas that have intrigued us recently, including paraphrases of Dutch still life painting, medieval applied printing and Mannerist printing. We are very much looking forward to the show and the whole experience.’

 Notes to Editors

  • Twin brothers Gert and Uwe Tobias were born in Brasov, Romania, in 1973, in the Transylvanian region. They have worked together since 2001 and create large woodcuts, gouache paintings, typewriter drawings and ceramic sculptures combining influences from traditional folk art and abstract art from the early 20th century. Their work is held in the collections of MoMA, New York and the Saatchi Gallery, London. They are represented by Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin; Maureen Paley Gallery, London; Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels; and Team Gallery, New York. They have exhibited widely internationally at museums and galleries including Gem Museum of Contemporary Art, The Hague, Netherlands (2011), Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK (2010) and Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy (2009), and MoMA, New York (2007 & 2012). They currently live and work in Cologne, Germany.
  • The Gallery at Windsor has been the site of exhibitions by leading contemporary artists since 2002. Previous artists who have exhibited include Christo, Peter Doig, Alex Katz, Ed Ruscha and Beatriz Milhazes’ inaugural Whitechapel Gallery at Windsor exhibition (2011).
  • For over a century the Whitechapel Gallery has premiered world-class artists from modern masters such as Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Frida Kahlo to contemporaries such as Sophie Calle, Lucian Freud, Gilbert & George and Walid Raad. With beautiful galleries, exhibitions, artist commissions, collection displays, historic archives, education resources, art courses, dining room and bookshop there is always something free to see. The Gallery is a touchstone for modern and contemporary art internationally, plays a central role in London’s cultural landscape and is pivotal to the continued growth of the world’s most vibrant contemporary art quarter. 
  • The Gallery at Windsor is a not-for-profit art space which sits in the heart of the Windsor development, close to the ocean and in landscaped gardens. 
  • Windsor is a family oriented residential club community located in Vero Beach, Florida. It spans 416 acres on a lush barrier island between the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean. It was established in 1989 by Hilary and W. Galen Weston of Toronto and designed by renowned town planners Andrès Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk. Visit http://www.windsorflorida.com/ for more information.
  • A fully-illustrated limited edition publication will feature an essay by Iwona Blazwick. This will be available from both The Gallery at Windsor and the Whitechapel Gallery.

Visitor Information

Gert and Uwe Tobias, 9 December 2012 – 8 April 2013. The Whitechapel Gallery at Windsor, 3125 Windsor Boulevard, Vero Beach, Florida, 32963. Open to the public from 12.00 pm daily by appointment, closing times vary. Closed on Tuesday. Visitors to call: 001 772 388 4071 to arrange their visit windsorflorida.com/gallery or gallery@windsorflorida.com

Press Information
For further press information regarding the exhibition please contact:
Rachel Mapplebeck, Head of Communications, Whitechapel Gallery
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7522 7880, +44 (0)7811 456 806 or email RachelMapplebeck@whitechapelgallery.org or
Catherine McClelland, Sutton PR for the Whitechapel Gallery
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7183 3577, +44 (0)7595 217 616 or email catherinem@suttonpr.com 
For further general information regarding Windsor:
US media please contact Harriet Weintraub
Tel: 001 646 867 2801 or email hweintraub@hwpr.com
UK media please contact Gabrielle Shaw
Tel: 020 7731 8811 or email Gabrielle@gabrielleshaw.com

Whitechapel Gallery at Windsor

Gert & Uwe Tobias

9 December 2012– 8 April 2013

 

 

 

Image 1


Whitechapel Gallery at Windsor:
Gert & Uwe Tobias

Untitled

2010

Coloured woodcut on paper on canvas, 2 panels

200 x 600 cm overall

© photo Alistair Overbruck, Cologne/Gert & Uwe Tobias/VG. Bildkunst, Bonn

 

 

 

 

Image 2

 

Whitechapel Gallery at Windsor:

Gert & Uwe Tobias

Untitled

2012

Coloured woodcut on canvas

200 x 168 cm

© photo Alistair Overbruck, Cologne/Gert & Uwe Tobias/VG. Bildkunst, Bonn

 

 

 

 

Image 3

 

Whitechapel Gallery at Windsor:

Gert & Uwe Tobias

Untitled

2012

Coloured woodcut on canvas

200 x 300 cm

© photo Alistair Overbruck, Cologne/Gert & Uwe Tobias/VG. Bildkunst, Bonn

 

 

 

Image 4

 

Whitechapel Gallery at Windsor:

Gert & Uwe Tobias

Untitled

2012

Coloured woodcut on paper

206 x 174 cm

© photo Alistair Overbruck, Cologne/Gert & Uwe Tobias/VG. Bildkunst, Bonn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Image 5

 

Whitechapel Gallery at Windsor:

Gert &  Uwe Tobias

Untitled

2012

Mixed media on paper

38.5 x 64 cm

© photo Alistair Overbruck, Cologne/Gert & Uwe Tobias/VG. Bildkunst, Bonn

 

 

 

 

 

Image 6

 

Whitechapel Gallery at Windsor:

Gert & Uwe Tobias

Untitled

2012

Coloured woodcut on paper

5x162 cm

© photo Alistair Overbruck, Cologne/Gert & Uwe Tobias/VG. Bildkunst, Bonn

 

 

 

 

 

Image 7

Whitechapel Gallery at Windsor:
Gert & Uwe Tobias

Untitled

2012

Mixed media on paper

31.8 x 27.2 cm

© photo Alistair Overbruck, Cologne/Gert & Uwe Tobias/VG. Bildkunst, Bonn

 

 

 

 

Image 8


Whitechapel Gallery at Windsor:
Gert & Uwe Tobias

Untitled

2012

Mixed media on paper

31.3 x 31.2 cm

© photo Alistair Overbruck, Cologne/Gert & Uwe Tobias/VG. Bildkunst, Bonn

Gert & Uwe Tobias b. 1973, Brasov, Romania

Twin brothers Gert and Uwe Tobias were born in Brasov, Romania, in 1973, in the Transylvanian region. They have worked together since 2001 and create large woodcuts, gouache paintings, typewriter drawings and ceramic sculptures combining influences from traditional folk art and abstract art from the early 20th century.

Their work is held in the collections of MoMA, New York and the Saatchi Gallery, London. They are represented by Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin; Maureen Paley Gallery, London; Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels; and Team Gallery, New York.

They have exhibited widely internationally at museums and galleries including Gem Museum of Contemporary Art, The Hague, Netherlands (2011), Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK (2010) and Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy (2009), and MoMA, New York (2007 & 2012).

They currently live and work in Cologne, Germany.

Artists Gert and Uwe Tobias said: ‘We are very grateful that, thanks to the Whitechapel Gallery and Mr. and Mrs. Weston, we will have the opportunity to exhibit at the Gallery at Windsor, Florida. Following our projects at the UCLA Hammer in LA and MoMa in New York, 6 and 7 years ago respectively, it will be interesting to show a small yet exquisite overview of our works from the last few years in the US. We’ll be presenting a wide selection of our ‘drawings’ made with a typewriter, plus collages and woodcuts on paper as well as woodcuts on canvas, which is a new technique developed by us in the last year. In terms of themes the exhibition we’ll be developing the ideas that have intrigued us recently, including paraphrases of Dutch still life painting, medieval applied printing and Mannerist printing. We are very much looking forward to the show and the whole experience.’

Whitechapel Gallery

For over a century the Whitechapel Gallery has premiered world-class artists from modern masters such as Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Frida Kahlo to contemporaries such as Sophie Calle, Lucian Freud, Gilbert & George and Mark Wallinger.

With beautiful galleries, exhibitions, artist commissions, collection displays, historic archives, education resources, inspiring art courses, dining room and bookshop, the newly expanded Gallery is open all year round, so there is always something free to see.

The Gallery is a touchstone for contemporary art internationally, plays a central role in London’s cultural landscape and is pivotal to the continued growth of the world’s most vibrant contemporary art quarter.

Whitechapel Gallery
77-82 Whitechapel High Street
London
E1 7QX

Public enquiries: +44 (0)20 7522 7888 

whitechapelgallery.org

Iwona Blazwick OBE

Iwona Blazwick lives and works in London, where she is Director of the Whitechapel Gallery.

 Iwona Blazwick was educated at Exeter University where she graduated with a degree in English and Fine Art.  A writer, curator and broadcaster, she was Director of Exhibitions at London’s Institute of Contemporary Art from 1987 until 1992.  From 1993 until 1997 she worked as an Independent Curator in Europe and Japan and was also a Commissioning Editor at Phaidon Press.  In 1997 she joined Tate Modern as art programme curator and subsequently became Head of Exhibitions and Displays. Prior to the opening of Tate Modern in 2000, she worked on devising the display strategy for the Tate’s twentieth century collection and the future exhibitions programme. She has been Director of the Whitechapel Gallery since 2001.

 Iwona Blazwick was visiting tutor at the Royal College of Art and teaches occasionally at Goldsmiths School of Art, Central St. Martins, Middlesex University, the Slade School and Sothebys MA Course; in addition, she has taught at academies in Hamburg, Malmo and Vienna.

 Her writings have also been published extensively; they include contributions to monographs on Hannah Collins, Ceal Floyer, Katharina Fritsch, Ilya Kabakov, Cornelia Parker, Lawrence Weiner and Rachel Whiteread among others; and anthologies such as Fresh Cream in 2001.  She was editor of the Tate Modern Handbook and Century City and writes art criticism for numerous periodicals.

 She is also a broadcaster contributing occasional reviews and commentaries for BBC and Channel Four television and BBC radio.

 Iwona Blazwick has been a judge for the Turner Prize (1993), the Jerwood Prize (1997), Citigroup Photography Prize (2001), Paul Hamlyn Awards (2002), the Wolf Prize in Arts (2003), The Vincent (2004), The Hiroshima Art Prize (2004), The Clark Prize (2005), The Wolfgang Hahn Prize (2007) and the Venice Biennale Golden Lion Award (2007). She chairs the Jury of the ongoing Max Mara Art Prize for Women. In 2008, Iwona Blazwick was awarded an OBE.

Windsor – A Village by the Sea

Windsor is a family-orientated residential community and club spanning 416 acres of lush barrier island between the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean in Vero Beach, Florida.

Established in 1989 by Hilary and W. Galen Weston of Toronto, Canada, Windsor was designed by renowned town planners Andrés Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk in the New Urbanism style of residential living, one that offers public and community spaces framed by timeless architecture and a landscape design that celebrates this tropical and unspoiled setting. Windsor is comprised of 350 homesites in various styles including village homes, cottages and country estates remarkable for their signature Anglo-Caribbean architecture.

Established in 2002, The Gallery at Windsor is an independent art space, open to the public, in the heart of the Windsor community. The Gallery has featured high-profile exhibitions by contemporary artists including Ed Ruscha, Peter Doig and Alex Katz.

For the first exhibition of its three year curatorial partnership with the Whitechapel Gallery, the Gallery at Windsor showed works by Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes. Though her exuberantly coloured, rhythmically constructed artworks have been exhibited worldwide Beatriz Milhazes: Screenprints 1996 – 2011 was the first comprehensive display of the artist’s bold and abstract works on paper.

For more information, visit www.windsorflorida.com, or contact Jane Smalley, Marketing Manager, Jane.Smalley@windsorflorida.com

The Hon. Hilary M. Weston

 The Hon. Hilary M. Weston is one of Canada's most influential women. She is recognized for her volunteer and philanthropic work, business acumen and her high-profile public service.

In 1989, along with her husband, Galen, Mrs. Weston founded Windsor, in Vero Beach, Florida. Established in 2002 under the guidance of Mrs. Weston, The Gallery at Windsor is an independent art space, open to the public, in the heart of the Windsor community. The Gallery has featured high-profile exhibitions by contemporary artists including Ed Ruscha, Peter Doig and Alex Katz.

Mrs. Weston is delighted now to be leading a three-year partnership with the Whitechapel Gallery for a series of annual exhibitions curated by Iwona Blazwick, OBE, coinciding with the Miami Basel Art Fair.

Mrs. Weston served as the 26th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario from 1997 to 2002, supporting causes and groups related to women’s issues, volunteers and youth. She was named a Member of the Order of Ontario in 2001, and was appointed a Member in the Order of Canada in 2003. Mrs. Weston was invested as Dame of Justice in the Venerable Order of St. John in 1997; and in 2002 received The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.  In 2011, she established the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, the most valuable nonfiction prize in Canada.  She was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.