At the Barbican Centre, the Largest Show Ever Dedicated to Michael Clark

At the Barbican Centre, the Largest Show Ever Dedicated to Michael Clark
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The cosmic and irreverent dance of Michael Clark, with its blend of classical and contemporary, is depicted by a series of stunning portraits from world-famous professionals and artists, from body-builder Charles Atlas to artist Leigh Bowery, from British painter Peter Doig to photographer Wolfgang Tillmans. The Barbican Centre hosts one of the most in-depth explorations ever dedicated to the Scottish choreographer with a complete exhibition revolving around the career of this pioneer of contemporary dance who came up with the most unexpected crosses between dance, art and life, blending the technical rigour of classical ballet with the Punk-Rock uneasiness of London’s club scene. Film, sculpture, paintings and photography, along with rare archival material offer a look at the varied interests of the artist who, at the early age of four, began studying traditional Scottish dance, going on to create, twenty years later, his first independent work. Then, in 1993, he became the choreographer in residence at the multidisciplinary creative centre, Riverside Studios in London. The exhibition also presents a series of enthralling and rare costumes by Leigh Bowery, considered an essential part of Clark’s work. The portraits of Clark created by Elizabeth Peyton and Wolfgang Tillmans capture the naked intimacy of the artist as a human, free from artifice and formality, while the painting of Peter Doig, which seems to forge the face of Clark with that of Le Corbusier, is a playful rendering of their common appreciation for the Swiss architect.
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