October 15, 2011
Phoebe Unwin in Vitamin P2
By Lee Triming
Vitamin P2: New Perspectives in Painting, p. 296-297
Phaidon Press Limited, 2011
Much has been made of Phoebe Unwin's catholic plundering of painting's history, but while her canvases clearly draw upon the possibilities set out by this history, she is very clear that her strategy is not one of the literal or ironic sampling. Her interest is less in historical critique than in the attempt to construct a language, destabilizing the painting in order to engineer a fresh encounter with this most familiar of art objects.
April 01, 2011
Phoebe Unwin in ArtForum
By Anthony Byrt
April 2011 pp. 22
Something has been happening in the painting departments of London's art schools in recent years. The Royal College of Art, Slade School of Fine Art, Goldsmiths, and the Royal Academy of Arts have all turned out young painters who have rapidly ascended into the city's best contemporary galleries and collections. While it seems harsh to be so reductive, there is a common thread many of them share: a semi-naïve, figurative approach that pays homage to Guston and early Picasso, often offering Dana Schutz a deferential nod too. The trouble is, not all of the members of this new "London School" are as great as the hype suggests. Phoebe Unwin, though, is definitely one of the good ones. Her recent solo exhibition, "Man Made," may not have been perfect, but it did show the potential of her thoughtful approach to paint.
February 16, 2011
Phoebe Unwin in British Art Show 7
BRITISH ART SHOW 7
In the Days of the Comet
Hayward Gallery, London
16 February to 17 April 2011
The British Art Show is widely recognised as the most ambitious and influential exhibition of contemporary British art. Organised by Hayward Touring, it takes place every five years and tours to four different cities across the UK. Now in its seventh incarnation, British Art Show 7 opens in Nottingham, and tours to the Hayward Gallery in London and galleries across the cities of Glasgow and Plymouth.
October 23, 2010
British Art Show 7: In the Days of the Comet featuring Phoebe Unwin
The British Art Show is held every five years, presenting new and recent works by contemporary artists based in Britain. This major exhibition is a unique opportunity for an overview of the concerns of art today. A Hayward Touring exhibition, it is opening for the first time in Nottingham and will be shown in three venues – Nottingham Contemporary, New Art Exchange and Nottingham Castle.
British Art Show 7 pays particular attention to the ways that artists use history to illuminate the present. Thirty nine artists have been invited for their significant contribution to British art since 2005. More than half of the selected artists are showing new works, including painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, video, film and performance.
British Art Show 7 is subtitled In the Days of the Comet. Comets have long been held to herald change. Halley's comet appeared in 1066, the year of the Norman invasion. H.G Wells' novel In the Days of the Comet is set in 1910, the date of another appearance by Halley.
Wells imagines a comet which releases a green gas that creates a great change, turning humans away from war and exploitation and towards rational understanding and a heightened appreciation of beauty. The comet was last visible in 1986, the year of the deregulation of British banking, known as Margaret Thatcher's Big Bang. British Art Show 7 highlights how artists today explore historical episodes that shape our experience of the present and anticipation of the future.
British Art Show 7 will be shown in Nottingham, London, Glasgow and Plymouth. It is intended to be viewed as one exhibition across the three Nottingham venues.
September 09, 2009
Phoebe Unwin will be participating in a group exhibition curated by Ryan Callis opening September 24th from 5-8pm at the Pacific Design Center in Suite B261. Artists include Quinton Bemiller, Matty Byloos, Dan Callis, Ryan Callis, Alex Couwenberg, Mark Dutcher, Merion Estes, Zach Kleyn, Max Presneill, Monique Prieto, Astri Swendsrud, and Phoebe Unwin.
May 23, 2009
Panel Discussion: Is Conviction in Painting Possible?
Honor Fraser is pleased to present a series of discussions that will be hosted at the gallery throughout this summer and fall.
The first talk, titled Is Conviction in Painting Possible? will start at 4 pm on Saturday May 23rd and is a panel discussion on the current status of contemporary painting. The talk will aim to examine the intrinsic challenge in theorizing about contemporary painting, based not only on studio practice but also through writing.
The panel will be moderated by Ed Schad and will include Andrew Berardini, Jens Hoffmann, Phoebe Unwin and Liat Yossifor. This discussion marks the first in a series of talks at the gallery that will bring together artists, curators, writers and critics in an environment where an organic dialogue can stem from a central topic or designated theme