Rose Wylie: Quack Quack

Serpentine Sackler Gallery

30 Nov 2017 to 11 Feb 2018

Rose Wylie: Quack Quack

Admission Free

Please note: this exhibition is at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, over the bridge from the Serpentine Gallery

This winter, the Serpentine is proud to present the works of acclaimed British artist Rose Wylie (born 1934, UK).

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***** “The freedom and courage of Rose Wylie shows a way forward for painting in this century.” The Guardian

Rose Wylie finds inspiration for her visually compelling paintings through her daily encounters and a variety of sources, from art history, cinema, comic books and the natural world to news, verbal anecdotes, celebrity stories and sport. These might include a scene from Quentin Tarantino’s iconic Kill Bill films, a self-portrait of Wylie eating a chocolate biscuit, or a football match. Her vibrant, large-scale canvases fill the walls of the Serpentine Sackler Gallery.

Quack Quack includes paintings dating from the late 1990s to the present day – some never previously exhibited, including a new group of works inspired by Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. One, based on Wylie’s childhood memories of living in Bayswater during the Blitz, maps the park’s landscape – dogs, ducks, the Serpentine lake, and both the historic building and Zaha Hadid’s present day extension of the Gallery – with memories of Spitfires and Messerschmitt planes fighting overhead. The exhibition title connects similarly to place as well as to ‘ack-ack’, a term used to describe Second World War anti-aircraft artillery.

Wylie often paints through the filter of memory and impression, using text to enhance facts and recollections and editing images by overlaying new pieces of canvas over images, like a collage. At times, the compositions of her paintings are informed by cinematic techniques, whether the multiple headshots of Sitting on a Bench with Border (Film Notes) 2008, based on Pedro Almodóvar’s 2006 film Volver, or Wylie’s two paintings from the 2005 film Syriana, which take in a panoramic and close-up shot of the same scene.

Instilled with wit, Wylie’s paintings are confident, animated and energetic, proposing new perspectives on the world and the plethora of images that make up our collective cultural memory.

Quack Quack is accompanied by a publication featuring new texts by Serpentine Exhibitions Curator Melissa Blanchflower, writer Barry Schwabsky and artists Tal R, Alvaro Barrington and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Rose Wylie has produced a Limited Edition print to coincide with the exhibition. 

Connect to the free wifi in the Serpentine Gallery to access a mobile tour of the exhibition on your smart phone.

Listen to Rose Wylie in conversation with comedian Stewart Lee on BBC Radio 4.

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Rose Wylie, Gingery Brown, 2017

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On the occasion of her exhibition at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, Rose Wylie has created a new Limited Edition print.

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Rose Wylie interviewed by Hans Ulrich Obrist at her Kent studio

Monday, 11th December 2017
Rose Wylie installation view 2

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Rose Wylie, Installation view, 'Quack Quack' Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London (30 November 2017 – 11 February 2018)
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Rose Wylie, Queen with Pansies (Dots), 2016
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Rose Wylie, Installation view, 'Quack Quack' Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London (30 November 2017 – 11 February 2018)
Rose Wylie - Jack Goes Swimming

Rose Wylie - Jack Goes Swimming

Rose Wylie, Jack Goes Swimming (Jack), 2013
Rose Wylie installation view 4

Rose Wylie installation view 4

Rose Wylie, Installation view, 'Quack Quack' Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London (30 November 2017 – 11 February 2018)
Rose Wylie - Pink Skater, (Will I Win, Will I Win),

Rose Wylie - Pink Skater, (Will I Win, Will I Win),

Rose Wylie, Pink Skater, (Will I Win, Will I Win), 2015