The Search For Identity At Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery

| 02 November 2004
Shows a photograph of a nine feet tall sculpture made from stacked wooden hexagons.

Cube of Man by Iranian born and Turner Prize nominated artist Shirazeh Houshiary. The sculpture is made from wood, lead and gold leaf and stands at about nine feet tall.

The Search For Identity – New Visions, is on show at Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery until December 12.

Showcasing the work of 12 contemporary artists, New Visions is one of the most ambitious exhibitions ever to be held at the institution and follows the success of last year’s The Search For Identity – Immigrant Artists in early 20th Century.

Together they are designed to demonstrate the rich and varied contributions made by artists from abroad to the visual culture of modern Britain.

"Doncaster’s Museum and Art Gallery has a fine reputation for bringing a range of thought-provoking art to the Borough and the latest series of exhibitions is no exception," commented the Mayor of Doncaster.

"I would urge people to take time out and view this exhibition as it shows another facet of living in Britain."

With financial support from Arts Council Yorkshire, the exhibition features work by 12 artists, including two former Turner Prize nominees as well as others of international renown.

Shows a photograph of an artwork entitled Vertebras. Held together by thin cotton thread, the sculpture is comprised of a number of chipped orange coloured stones.

Above Vertebras (detail) by Sabine Bieli born in Basel, Switzerland. The sculpture is made from cotton thread and stones.

Nominated for the often controversial contemporary art prize in 1994, Iranian-born Shirazeh Houshiary is represented by her monumental sculpture Cube of Man. An imposing nine feet tall column built of wooden hexagons, it is covered with lead and gold leaf.

There’s also work by Portuguese born artist Paula Rego and Monica de Miranda who has Portuguese-Angolan roots.

Her contribution to the show is a new installation called In Between Lines: Dis-cover, which consists of a 10 feet long crocheted boat.

Much of the crochet work was undertaken by women from a small rural village in northern Portugal where de Miranda’s father was born. Her work is accompanied by an original sound piece.

The exhibition is being accompanied by a series of workshops and artists' talks as well as a small complementary show at nearby community arts venue, The Point.

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