Galerie Lelong to Present ANA MENDIETA: TRACES in March 2014
Ana Mendieta: Traces is the first comprehensive survey of the artist's work in the United Kingdom. The retrospective encompasses the brief career of Cuban-born Mendieta (1948-85), positing her importance within art history as well as her continuing connection to current-day artists. Through an examination of Mendieta's unique practice using the lens of her own time, the exhibition reveals the creative mind of the artist. In addition to photographs, drawings, sculptures, films, personal writings and notebooks, a significant selection of photographic slides allow exceptional access to works Mendieta was never able to exhibit during her life. Traces also seeks to reconstruct solo shows from the artist's lifetime, featuring numerous works from her iconic Silueta series, allowing insight into the way she worked and recorded her practice - the traces of her own body in her unique, multidisciplinary art.
The Hayward exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue featuring a lead essay by the curator as well as an anthology of writings on aspects of Mendieta's life and artistic practice. The exhibition is curated by Dr. Stephanie Rosenthal, Chief Curator, Hayward Gallery. Traces is comprised of loans from international collections, the Raquelín Mendieta Family Trust, and the Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection. Ana Mendieta: Traces will travel to the Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria from March 29 - July 6, 2014.?
Galerie Lelong has represented the Estate of Ana Mendieta since 1991. Mendieta has had over 30 solo museum shows worldwide. The gallery has collaborated with curators, providing research support and access to Mendieta's work for exhibitions at museums including the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; Kunstmuseum Luzern; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museo Tamayo, Mexico City; and most recently at the Castello di Rivoli, Turin. In 2015, the Katherine E. Nash Gallery of the University of Minnesota will present an exhibition devoted to Mendieta's films, which will travel within the U.S.