MNCARS. [MAD] 24/04/2012 -25/08/2012
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA
Today opens the largest retrospective of James Coleman at the Reina Sofia, Madrid. One of the most anticipated shows of the season, dedicated to the visual artist James Coleman (Ballaghaderreen, Ireland, 1941). Conducted in close collaboration with the author, the sample travels through seventeen works, his long career, from his earliest works, made in Milan during the sixties and never seen before, to more recent works, as with Retake Evidence that was presented in 2007 at Documenta in Kassel. Also shown for the first time a selection of documents and personal files of the artist.

Through his use of audiovisual media, Coleman situates the subject at the centre of his work inviting the viewer to consider how intrepretation shapes our understanding of what we see. The “photographic” (still and moving image) plays an essential role in these investigations, which are articulated and accompanied by a certain poetic hermeticism and meticulous use of language.

DATES: 24 April – 27 August 2012
PLACE: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. Sabatini Building, A1, Sala de Protocolo and Sala Bóvedas
ORGANISED BY: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
CURATED BY: Manuel Borja-Villel

Incorporating synchronized projections of slides, films, audio narrations and soundtracks, Coleman creates mise-en-scène with references taken from daily life, literature, painting, theatre and cinema. Proposing visual scenarios which remain open to interpretation (double images, repetitions, dissociation of image and text, different narrative rhythms and tempos, alternation of past and present) Coleman ́s work solicits viewers to participate in the unfolding of meaning. This exhibition, the most comprehensive retrospective to be devoted to Coleman’s long and illustrious career, brings together a wide selection of his work that includes his early pieces from the 1970s, his work of the '90s like Lapsus Exposure and I N I T I A L S, and important pieces like Fly, Box, Untitled: Philippe VACHER and Retake with Evidence. A special selection of material from his personal archives is also on view to the public for the first time.

Conference and guided visit.
Rachel Haidu (professor at the Rochester University, New York, and author of The Absence of Work: Marcel Broothaers, 1964–1976) will impart both activities, organised by the Museum around James Coleman, his figure and work. Under an attentive reading of certain key works by the artist, Rachel Haidu will talk on the importance of analyzing not only the mise en scène in Coleman’s projects, but also the dramatic narratives and the actor’s role in his works.

Date: 25 April
Time: 19:30 h
Place: Auditorio 200. Museo Reina Sofía. Free entrance until full capacity

Guided visit to the exhibition
Date: 26 April
Time: 19:30 h
Place: Edificio Sabatini. Exhibition. Free pre-registration indispensible via email: programasculturales2@museoreinasofia.es. 25 available places


James Coleman. Retake with Evidence, 2007. Film screening. Played by Harvey Keitel. 35 mm film transferred to video ratio 4:3 HD. 47 '. Range: 2 '. Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York / Paris, Simon Lee Gallery, London. Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp. © James Coleman.
James Coleman. Box (ahhareturnabout), 1977. 8 mm film transferred to 16 mm. White and black. Sound. Continuous projection. © James Coleman.
James Coleman. Charon (MIT Project), 1989. Projected images with synchronized audio narration. 35 mm slides. Color. 23 '. Range: 1 '. © James Coleman.
James Coleman. Ligne de Foi, 1991. Image Projection. 35 mm slides. Color. Silent. © James Coleman.
James Coleman. Clara and Dario, 1975. Continuous projection images with synchronized audio narration. 35 mm slides. Color. Continuous projection. © James Coleman.
James Coleman. Untitled: Philippe VACHER, 1991. 35 mm film projection. Color. Silent. Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York / Paris. © James Coleman.
James Coleman. Work-Apron, ca. 1970. Super 8 film transferred to 16 mm. Color. Silent. Continuous projection. © James Coleman.
James Coleman. Lapsus Exposure, 1992-94. Projected images with synchronized audio narration. 35 mm slides. Color. 12 '. Range: 2 '. © James Coleman.

James Coleman currently lives and works in his native Ireland. He studied in Dublin (National College of Art and Design and University College). Later on he was at the École de Beaux Arts de Paris and the Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan. Before moving to Milan, where he developed his artistic career for twenty years, he worked in London and Paris. In 1973 he represented Ireland at the Paris Biennale. He has also participated in different Documenta: IX (1992), X (1997), XI (2002) and XII (2007). His work can be found in important collections such as the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst in Gant, or the Musée Nationale d’Art Moderne in Paris. Recently, three of his works have been incorporated to the Museo Reina Sofía’s collection.


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