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CURRENT: Contemporary Art from Scotland Phase Three



Curator: Sophia Hao

Exhibiting Artists: Bruce McLean, Ross Sinclair

Dates: 2017.9.22-11.10

Organized by Shanghai Himalayas Museum and Cooper Gallery DJCAD University of Dundee

In partnership with the British Council


Following the successful Phase One in 2015 and Phase Two in 2016, CURRENT: Contemporary Art from Scotland Phase Three will be presented at Shanghai Himalayas Museum on September 22, 2017.


Curated by Shanghai Himalayas Museum in collaboration with Cooper Gallery, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee in the UK and organised in partnership with the British Council, CURRENT: Contemporary Art from Scotland is a four-phase contemporary art exhibition programme, showcasing for the first time in China the distinctiveness of contemporary art made in Scotland, its grass-roots spirit and its keen debates with the social dimensions of art and culture. Phase Three is also part of the UKs the Spirit of Youth campaign.


Phase Three Programme Statement

The contemporaryis measured in gesture and pose. It is an impulse, a setting into motion. Embodying this momentum, Phase Three of CURRENT: Contemporary Art from Scotland declares the contemporaryto be the only imperative to action. Always here and now, the duration and conditions of the contemporarydefine its reality. Composed and choreographed as utterance, appearance and manner, yet disavowing spectacle, Phase Three of CURRENT focuses on the elusive details, the nuances of gesture and pose that give the contemporaryits concrete Real Life.



Comprised of two solo exhibitions from Bruce McLean and Ross Sinclair, Phase Three of CURRENT illuminates how different experiences of the contemporaryare constituted in time. In the details of a particular walk, a well-rehearsed move or a polished rhetorical phrase, the incidental is transformed by the medium of time into moments of utterance, appearance and manner that inherently matter. Yet what matters is not the solitude of individual acts or soliloquies spoken alone, the contemporarycan only make its claim when deeds and wordsare seen and heard. Without appearing to and for others the contemporaryis insubstantial. The exhibitions in Phase Three of CURRENT capture a space of appearanceinscribed as duration and action, revealing the contemporaryas a collective fabric of the many.


Spanning forty-eight years and enthused with an ironic take on sculpture, the first major exhibition in China of the preeminent British artist Bruce McLean will capture his subversive wit at its most posedand incisive. At the forefront of Conceptual art in Britain in the 1960s, McLeans work embodies a playful and critical stance on formalities and hierarchies. Not content to let it rest on a plinth, McLean levers sculpture onto the screen and into the photograph, opening up a subtle and complex mediation on the condition of sculpture, confronting institutional politics and the pretensions of the art world. Exemplified in his iconic works Fallen Warrior (1969), Pose Work for Plinths (1971) and Urban Turban (1997), McLeans exhibition I Want My Crown is a timely rebuttal of the spectacle of the contemporary.



“Mirror Work”, Bruce McLean. Photography, 20 x 19.5 cm, frame size: 73x53 cm, 1969. Courtesy of the Artist.