Jimmie Durham & Haegue Yang participate in Tate Modern's Room 6 and 9 Displays: Materials and Objects, an exhibition that looks at the inventive ways in which artists around the world use diverse materials.
Room 6: Jimmie Durham
Most of the works in this room were first shown as part of Durham's installation at the 1993 Whitney Biennial in New York. The wall-mounted sculptures are reunited here with a floor-based work from the installation and are displayed alongside a more recent work, Alpine Ibex, part of a series of sculptures made as an homage to animal species native to Europe.
Room 9: Haegue Yang
This sculpture in Room 9, made in 2015, references Sol LeWitt (1928–2007), a pioneer of conceptual art who made work by following self-imposed systems. Yang reinterprets his 1986 floor-based sculpture Structure with Three Towers. She replaces the open-sided cubes of LeWitt’s sculpture with Venetian blinds, magnifies the overall structure twenty-three times, divides it into three parts and suspends the work upside down from the ceiling. This process is reflected in the title: Sol LeWitt Upside Down – Structure with Three Towers, Expanded 23 Times, Split in Three.
haegue yang, installation view of sol lewitt upside down – structure with three towers, expanded 23 times, split in three, materials and objects, tate modern, london, 2021
jimmie durham, installation view of untitled, materials and objetcs, tate modern, london, 2021