MNCARS. [MAD] 24/04/2012 -25/08/2012
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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.
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 t...read more


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 P...read more