Talley Dunn Gallery is honored to present an exhibition of new paintings and sculptures by Francesca Fuchs, Painting and Mugs. The exhibition will run from Saturday, March 7 – April 18, with an opening reception on March 7 from 6 – 8 pm. Fuchs will give brief remarks at 6:30 pm.
In Painting and Mugs, artist Francesca Fuchs displays paintings in groupings. Thickly oil-painted ceramics of mugs are paired with paintings of objects and paintings of paintings. Fuchs jostles images of last century stylizations with representations of classical art and the domestically mundane. From a framed image of the Pantheon in her childhood home, to the unassuming mugs she uses to drink her daily tea, Fuchs’ subjects are drawn from her immediate surroundings. Pairing and matching her works into carefully curated groupings, Fuchs creates confluences and dialogues between the past, the personal, and the everyday. In doing so, the artist deflates hierarchies of distinction between high art and other forms of making, asking viewers to carefully consider the nature of art, objects, and painting.
Francesca Fuchs (b. 1965, London) grew up in Münster, Germany. She earned her BFA at the Wimbledon School of Art in London, and later studied under Tony Cragg at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Fuchs lives and works in Houston, Texas, where she is now Head of Painting and Chair of the 2D Department at the Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Fuchs has exhibited in institutions throughout the United States and in Europe, including the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; the Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art; the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; the Collective Gallery, Edinburgh; Art League Houston; the Galveston Arts Center; and the Fayerweather Gallery at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. Fuchs’ work is part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and numerous private collections. She has received two Artadia Awards, four individual artist grants through the Houston Arts Alliance, and the Hunting Art Prize. Fuchs was the 2017 Josephine Mercy Heathcote Fellow at the MacDowell Colony, and Art League Houston’s 2018 Texas Artist of the Year.
Talley Dunn Gallery is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and by appointment. Painting and Mugs will be on view concurrently at the gallery with Butt Johnson: Drawing Fast and Slow. For additional images and more information about the exhibition, please contact Meredith Leyendecker at the gallery (214-521-9898) for visuals and a checklist.