Exhibitions / QUAD | Ian Breakwell: The Elusive State of Happiness [curating]

13.02.2010 to 18.04.2010

Ian Breakwell: The Elusive State of Happiness The first major exhibition of the late Ian Breakwell (1943-2005) that explores the unique voice of this very special artist, a man with an eye for seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary. Breakwell was a world renowned and prolific artist who took a multi-media approach to his observation of the minutiae of life through a wide range of media, including dairies, film works, TV, audio and drawings. The humour, mischief and oblique wonder at the world that permeates his verbal and visual legacy is already legendary. Curated by Louise Clements & Alfredo Cramerotti, in partnership with Anthony Reynolds Gallery and Felicity Sparrow/The Estate of Ian Breakwell. An Ian Breakwell Seminar will take place in QUAD on 14th April 2010 with scholars and experts, and special screening of Breakwell's film works of Auditorium (2001, 20 min) and Variety (1993, 30 min). A Companion Guide is published on the occasion of the exhibition, with 80+ full colour images about more than 20 artworks and original texts. All images ©The Estate of Ian Breakwell; courtesy Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London (image from Ian Breakwell's Xmas Diary, 1984, made in collaboration with Anna Ridley, Annalogue Productions for Channel 4)