Luhring Augustine congratulates Allison Katz on the opening of Artery at Nottingham Contemporary, her first institutional solo exhibition in the UK. The exhibition will travel to the Camden Art Centre, London in January 2022, and will be accompanied by a publication designed by Studio Mathias Clottu.
For more than a decade, Katz has been exploring painting's relationship to questions of identity and expression, selfhood and voice. Animated by a restless sense of humour and curiosity, her works articulate a tricksy language of recurring forms – roosters, monkeys and cabbages, among other things – that are by turns familiar and enigmatic. Katz's paintings, as well as her ceramics and posters, are frequently bodily (full of noses and gaping mouths) and relentlessly wordy, thick with puns and allusions. What emerges from these multilayered works is a sustained and critical pursuit of what the artist has called “genuine ambiguity.”
For more information about the exhibition, please visit Nottingham Contemporary's website.