Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Rebecca Salter at Yale Center for British Art

"into the light of things": Rebecca Salter, works 1981-2010Yale Center for British Art 3 FEBRUARY — 1 MAY, 2011 

 untitled j47 1995 Rebecca Salter
In 1977, Salter won a scholarship to the Kyoto City University of the Arts and immediately developed a deep engagement with Japanese art, architecture, and aesthetics, remaining in Kyoto for six years. Despite enjoying a successful career as a ceramicist, Salter made a radical decision to abandon the medium she began to make drawings and woodblock prints using Japanese papers, and after her return to England took up painting. "into the light of things" will go beyond a conventional retrospective of an artist's oeuvre into a sustained investigation of the centrality of drawing to art making, as well as a penetrating investigation of a dialogue between Eastern and Western aesthetics, artistic practice, and architecture.

A companion exhibition at the Yale University Art Gallery, Rebecca Salter and Japan, will take Salter's work as a starting point for exploring the complex relationship between Japanese and Western practice. Two of Salter's key works will be in dialogue with fifteen paintings, drawings, and ceramics by Japanese and American artists drawn from the Art Gallery's holdings and private collections.

"into the light of things": Rebecca Salter, works 1981-2010 has been curated by Gillian Forrester, Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Yale Center for British Art. The companion show at the Yale University Art Gallery, has been curated by Sadako Ohki, The Japan Foundation Associate Curator of Japanese Art.

A fully illustrated book edited by Gillian Forrester, featuring essays by Forrester, Sadako Ohki, Achim Borchardt-Hume, and Richard Cork will be published by the Yale Center for British Art in association with Yale University Press. 


  1. You might also be interested in looking at two interviews with Rebecca, which I have documented, the most recent about her show at Yale.
    The earlier interview, 2007, commissioned by AXIS Dialogue, focuses on the Japanese influence on her work and there is a link to it on the wordpress blog.
    Fiona Robinson

  2. Thanks Fiona. Grateful for the pointer to links, your piece and your blog.I noted your piece on George Meyrick whose work I like.

  3. Thanks Monk. So glad you like George's work too, I think he is a very interesting artist.

  4. Great post! I wish you could follow up on this topic!

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