Spotlight Artist: Terry Fox
October 6 - 9, 2016
Regent’s Park, London
Anglim Gilbert Gallery is pleased to announce a solo presentation of works by Terry Fox (1943 - 2008) for Frieze Masters 2016 in Regent's Park, London.
Terry Fox has become an influential figure through his innovations in conceptual and performance art. Born in 1943 in the US Northwest, Fox settled in San Francisco in the 60's where he became one of the trail-blazers in conceptual practice, orchestrating actions around his own body and experiences that define the human condition. Sound, speech, touch, interaction with space and time- all are documented in films, videos, drawings, objects and sculptural installations he created over a nearly 50 year career.
Despite a devoted following of artists, writers and curators, until now Fox's work has not been shared with a wider public. He participated in Documentas 5 and 7 (1972 , 1977) and was featured in the 1977 Whitney Biennial. The immediacy of his ideas is examined and celebrated in ELEMENTAL GESTURES, a touring museum retrospective initiated by the Akademie der Künste in Berlin (curated by Arnold Drehblatt and Angela Lammert with catalog.) Now at the Von der Heydt Museum in Wuppertal, the exhibition will travel to the Kunstmuseum Bern where a collection of his works resides. His works are in major public and private collections, including NY MoMA, SFMOMA, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Fox's influential practice took him to Italy where he performed with Josef Beuys and exhibited throughout Europe, eventually making his base in Cologne and the North Rhein region of Belgium and Germany. His life and work were defined early on by surviving Hodgkins disease. For Fox, a heightened awareness of the inter-connectedness of the body's parts, water and blood led to artworks with resonance for a generation recovering from World War II, yet coping with the violence of the Vietnam war.