Turner Prize nominee George Shaw (born 1966) is one of Britain’s leading contemporary painters. His work has long attracted critical scrutiny and acclaim, and has been on view in high-profile solo exhibitions in the United Kingdom. Organized in collaboration with the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in London, George Shaw: A Corner of a Foreign Field will be the artist’s first solo show in the United States.
Spanning three decades of Shaw’s prolific artistic practice, the exhibition will feature nearly seventy paintings, more than sixty drawings, numerous prints, and a range of sketchbook and notebook materials, as well as several new works. Shaw is celebrated for his paintings depicting the postwar Tile Hill council estate, where he spent his childhood. His work focuses relentlessly, even obsessively, on the Midlands—the region of England anchored by the cities of Birmingham, Derby, and Coventry.
George Shaw: A Corner of a Foreign Field is being organized by the Yale Center for British Art in collaboration with the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and the Holburne Museum in Bath, UK. The lead curator is Mark Hallett, Director of Studies at the Paul Mellon Centre, assisted by Alexandra Burston. The organizing curator at the Center is Matthew Hargraves, Chief Curator of Art Collections. The display will subsequently travel to the Holburne Museum in Bath, UK, where it will be on view from February 8 to May 6, 2019.