Exhibitions

Precious Provincials

Georgia Gardner Gray

April 22 - June 18, 2017

Georgia Gardner Gray, Play, Precious Provincials, 2017
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In her first institutional solo show, painter Georgia Gardner Gray (*1988, New York, USA, lives and works in Berlin) presents new mid- and large-format paintings and drawings. Like French playwright Molière, the artist plays with codes of behavior through the mannered characters in her iridescent paintings. In this series, her images show outsiders like punks and groupies gleefully performing their rebellious lifestyles. She toys with gender attributions, vice, and ambition: be it unsatisfied intellectuals, hungry street musicians or lonely hung over couples. Gardner Gray grasps that the rebellious attitude has been camouflaged in a society that has made constant change and experimental lifestyles the going standard. To find the grain means coping with the ambivalences between self-determination, attitude, and personal freedom.

The works are staged within the exhibition space around the narrative of a theater play that Gardner Gray created specifically for the Kunstverein, adapted from the comedy The Affected Young Ladies, by Molière. She tells the story of a tyrannical and at once brilliant young girl, set in an ordinary family home whose fixed norms and plain conventions she rebels against with her precociousness and wit. 

Curated by Anna Nowak


The exhibition is kindly supported by the Culture Department of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, the Hamburgische Kulturstiftung, and the Leinemann-Stiftung für Bildung und Kunst. 


Cast: Susie Yugler, Elias Pitegoff, Stephen G. Rhodes, Marie Angeletti, Olga Balema, Patrick Armstrong


Georgia Gardner Gray studied at Cooper Union in New York. Her works were presented for the first time in a solo exhibition at ACUD Gallery, Berlin, in 2016. Gardner Gray has participated in the group shows Monday is a Day between Sunday and Tuesday, Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin (2017), New Theater: Selected Plays, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2015), The Pipe at the Gates of Dawn, Jan Kaps Gallery, Cologne (2014), among others. The artist is represented by Croy Nielsen, Vienna.


Curated by Anna Nowak


The exhibition is kindly supported by the Ministry of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, the Hamburgische Kulturstiftung, and the Leinemann-Stiftung für Bildung und Kunst.