Cathy Wilkes

Cathy Wilkes


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Publisher: Heni Publishing
Serial Number:9781912122264
Format: Paperback
Pages: 52 pages
Size: 210 x 250 mm
Date: 2019


A collection of 13 paintings by British Pavilion artist Cathy Wilkes commissioned for the 58th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia.

Renowned for her distinctive and highly personal sculptural installations featuring humanoid figures that highlight the tender intimacy of everyday life, Wilkes’ exhibition will feature new paintings and sculptures that will provoke a strong emotional response in viewers, set against the backdrop of the grand architecture of the British Pavilion. Narratives and histories which often evoke interiors and places of loss or solitude are suggested through her evocative objects but never explicitly expressed, and indeed Wilkes resists written descriptions and explanations of her work, intentionally not naming her installations, assemblages and exhibitions in a bid to keep open the viewer’s perceptions.

This publication, one of the only existing books on the artist, features a new set of prints related to the highly anticipated work for the Biennale, and providing rare insights into Wilkes’ creative process. An essay by curator Zoé Whitley explores Wilkes’ art in the context of the artist’s acceptance of ambiguity as a key element in her intense and mysterious work.

Designed by Berlin-based book designer Yvonne Quirmbach in close collaboration with the artist herself, this unique publication is as much an artist’s book as a record of this major international exhibition.