Collection Intervention: Ellen Gallagher’s DeLuxe
February 7 - May 17, 2015
Ellen Gallagher (b. 1965) brings together imagery from myth, nature, art, and culture to create complex works in a wide variety of media including painting, drawing, relief, collage, print, sculpture, and film. This season the Addison is delighted to be able to exhibit Gallagher’s seminal print portfolio DeLuxe. To create this remarkable series of sixty works, the artist used beauty and hair product advertisements drawn from vintage African American magazines as raw material which she then transformed via printing techniques ranging from aquatint, drypoint, and silkscreen to laser-cutting, mold-making, and digital technology. Further subverting and recontextualizing the original ads, Gallagher added plasticine, paint, coconut oil, toy eyeballs, and glitter to each of the printed surfaces. A tour-de-force fusion of printmaking, drawing, collage, and painting this playful and provocative series of gridded prints offers sly and insightful commentary on modernism, mass media, fashion, identity, and race in mid-century America. Taking center stage in this exhibition, DeLuxe serves as inspiration for groupings of works chosen from the Addison’s permanent collection that explore the multiple layers of material and meaning revealed in Gallagher’s work.
Generous support for this exhibition has been provided by the Mollie Bennett Lupe & Garland M. Lasater Exhibitions Fund.