Lalic, M (2002) Classified. Tate Modern.

Item Type: Exhibition
Creators: Lalic, M
Date: 6 August 2002
Event Location: Tate Modern

Opening Date: 2002-Aug-06
Closing Date: 2003-Apr-22
My painting practice has three discreet but related areas of enquiry. In each area one organising principle - time, material, place - is used to focus and develop discourses within one or more established strands within the history of painting - colour and the Monochrome, objectness and Minimalism, site and Landscape. This is the particular and characteristic feature of the work. Each group has its own methodology, developed and refined through initial studies and trials.

'Classified' was a three-person exhibition at Tate Modern. The other artists shown were Bernd and Hiller Becher (note 1) and Marcel Broodthaers. The exhibition brought together work by artists from different periods of the C20th who, whilst employing different media - photography, print and painting, have a strong conceptual link in a rigorous use of taxonomies to underpin their practice. An extract from the information display boards used in the exhibition can be found on the Tate website (

Six paintings from the group of work established above as 'colour and Minimalism' and called 'History Paintings' were shown. The six paintings, one from each of the six acknowledged eras of invention - 'Cave', 'Egyptian', 'Greek', 'Italian', 'C18th/19th' and 'C20th', are all named as the colour 'yellow',
The numbers of layers of each painting, applied as oil glazes, repeat the numbers of colours in each category - Cave - 4, Egyptian - 7, Greek - 5, Italian - 7, C18th/19th - 18, C20th - 12.

One of the paintings was reproduced in the survey book 'Tate Women Artists' (page 220-221. pub 2004 ISBN1-85437-311-0) with a fuller text.

The six paintings are in the permanent collection of Tate.

(note 1) Bernd and Hiller Becher collaborate on one extensive project.

Divisions: Bath School of Art, Film and Media
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2012 04:45
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2021 09:32
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