Posters 2012 – 2021 - Camden Art Centre

Allison Katz, Artery extends to a satellite exhibition at Canada House, London.

Here, in the gallery at Canada House, Katz has created an abundant installation drawn from her extensive archive of announcement posters that she has been creating in relation to her exhibitions over the last decade. Works in their own right, the same references that appear in Katz’s paintings spill off and into the posters, circulating in and feeding-back from the familiar tropes of advertising and graphic design.

For Katz, the construction of images as posters operates within an expanded practice, a way of playfully approaching protocols and procedures of typography, language and graphics; as much for their own sake as for asking questions around consumption, desire and the construction of memory. She will often quote site-specific details from the architecture, season, or iconography of the exhibition’s location, grounding the posters in the time and place where they are first shown, before developing their potential context within her own imagery. She reflects: ‘It involves a circulation where I’m copying myself and appropriating my own work to expand it from the inside. It leaves the specific surface of painting, but it’s still drawn from a painting sensibility.’

The exhibition is curated by Martin Clark, Director of Camden Art Centre.

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Photograph of Allison Katz in a red dress

Allison Katz was born in Montreal, Canada in 1980 and currently lives and works in London, England. She studied fine arts at Concordia University in Montreal and received her MFA from Columbia University in New York. Significant recent institutional solo exhibitions of her work have been presented at the MIT List Center for the Arts, Cambridge, MA; Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Canada; and Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany. Notable group exhibitions include Mixing It Up: Painting Today, Hayward Gallery, London, UK; The Imaginary Sea, Fondation Carmignac, Porquerolles, France; Slow Painting, curated by Hayward Touring (presented at Leeds Museum and Art Gallery, Leeds, UK; Levinsky Galley, Plymouth, UK); Maskulinitäten, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany; Paint, Also Known as Blood, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland; and Puddle, Pothole, Portal, SculptureCenter, New York, NY. A comprehensive monograph on Katz’s work was published by JRP|Editions in 2020.