Rana Begum

WP511, 2021

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Year 2021
Medium Acrylic paint on paper
Dimensions 29.7 x 21 cm
Top pick Aaron Cezar, Director of Delfina Foundation

About the work

This work stems from the installation No.947, 2019 at Cristea Roberts, a wall painting which was produced in response to the title The Interaction of Colour. In 1963 Josef Albers published one of the most influential art and design books of the 20th century Interaction of Colour, as a handbook and teaching aid for his experimental way of observing, studying and teaching colour. Albers’ radical teaching was to have a direct influence on the generation of artists who followed him. The works shown in The Interaction of Colour, demonstrate a simple but staggering use of colour, tracing over 50 years of Albers’ influence.

About the artist:

Born in Bangladesh, Rana Begum lives and works in London. Graduated from BA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design (1999), and MFA Painting at Slade School of Fine Art (2002).

The work of London-based artist Rana Begum distils spatial and visual experience into ordered form. Through her refined language of Minimalist abstraction, Begum blurs the boundaries between sculpture, painting and architecture. Her visual language draws from the urban landscape as well as geometric patterns from traditional Islamic art and architecture. Light is fundamental to her process. Begum’s works absorb and reflect varied densities of light to produce an experience for the viewer that is both temporal and sensorial.

Selected exhibitions include Is This Tomorrow?, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2019); Space, Light & Colour, Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham (2018); Solo show, TATE, St Ives (2018); Actions, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge (2018); Women to Watch: Heavy Metal, NMWA, Washington (2018); Occasional Geometries, (Curator), Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield (2017); Space Light Colour, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich (2017); Tribute to Sol Lewitt, Gemeente Museum Den Haag, The Hague (2016); Flatland/Narrative, MRAC, Sérignan (2016); The Space Between, Parasol Unit, London (2016); 11th Gwangju Biennale (2016); Geometries of Difference, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New York (2015); and Solo Project, Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh (2014 & 2020).

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