Peer UK reopens its doors with a new exhibition by Angela de la Cruz

Words by Elena Scarpa
April 11, 2016

Peer UK reopens its doors with a new exhibition by Angela de la Cruz, marking the artist’s first solo show in London since 2011. Opening on 16 April, the exhibition will feature the artist’s massive 10×12 metre paintingLarger than Life, originally made for the Ballroom of the Royal Festival Hall in 1998, alongside new work specially commissioned for this presentation.

De la Cruz, who was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2010, is widely acclaimed for her poignant and sometimes tragicomic works, situated somewhere between painting and sculpture. Her works test and challenge the objectness and authority of painting’s status by tearing, crushing and breaking canvases and stretchers.

The exhibition marks the end of a two-phase renovation of Peer, which has brought major improvements to the organisation’s exhibition space, as well as unification of the two original buildings into one architectural statement, with a new 10 metre, double-glazed façade facing onto the high street. Two new public art commissions by Chris Ofili and London Fieldworks (Bruce Gilchrist and Jo Joelson) will also inaugurate the recently re-landscaped public space in front of Peer.

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