Brings a poetic voice and public interventionist strategies to the tradition of contemporary text art, and works across diverse media: billboard pieces, solar powered light installations, fire poems, woodcuts and watercolors. The artist has realized major outdoor light installations on the site of the old US Air Force base at Tempelhof in Berlin, and at Kochi-Muziris Biennale in 2012. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions at venues including KOP, Breda, NL; Athens Festival, GR; 54th Venice Biennale, Venice, IT; The De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, UK; Galerie Nuke, Paris, FR; Guido Costa Projects, Turin, IT; 20 Hoxton Square Projects, London, UK; Galerie Analix Forever, Geneva; The Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh, UK; The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle-Gateshead, UK, The Edinburgh Art Festival, UK; Anna Lupertz Gallery, Berlin; and C24 Gallery, New York. His monographs have been published by Galerie Nuke, Paris, and monokultur, Berlin. Forthcoming are a major collaboration with the Royal Opera House in Brussels and a monograph published by Distanz in early 2015.
Thursday, March 19 – Saturday, April 18, 2015
Opening reception: Thursday, March 19th, from 6:00 to 8:00pm
“Istanbul has inspired me since my first visit in 2010. I love the mixture of voices and the mixture of cultures- the call to prayer at sunset mixing with the sound of Nirvana songs from the cafes of Galata for me sums up the wonderful cultural diversity and spirituality of the city. I was introduced to Istanbul 74 through their IST Festival, which I think is one of the most important festivals of contemporary culture in the world. I am delighted to return to Istanbul properly to work with Demet and the team for my first solo show in Turkey.”
ISTANBUL’74 is pleased to present the first solo show of Robert Montgomery in Istanbul, Turkey. The exhibition, including artist’s works in different techniques – from light installations to watercolor paintings- will be on display between March 19th- April 18th and supported by Audemars Piguet, Tektas Watches & Jewellery Group.
Montgomery is known with his continuity of keeping the conceptual art traditions alive by using texts and poems as the base of his works. Wood engraving, watercoloring, flames, light installations and billboard installments are some of his prominent techniques. By the belief of the poems will find their place back in today’s very contemporary world, Montgomery’s works intensely reflect with poetry. Montgomery’s works, strengthen through collective subliminal topics, attract wide range of audience with their strong texts and unique presentations.
Presenting a wide range of media used by Robert Montgomery, the show features a number of his major light installations, produced in the last 5 years along with some of his woodcuts, a series of watercolors, the prints of LA Billboard poems on huge billboards in Los Angeles last year, and a documentation of the Fire Poem, which has been produced in the gardens of the Louvre.
11 September 2020