Angela de la Cruz

Spain 1965

Installation, Sculpture

Angela de la Cruz
Angela de la Cruz
December 27, 2014
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Angela de la Cruz is a Spanish artist whose works sit between painting and sculpture. She engages with the discourse about the ‘problem’ with painting by targeting its basic anatomy: the stretcher, normally left to its job of keeping the canvas smooth and pliant. Angela de la Cruz was born in La Coruña in Galicia, northwest Spain in 1965 and lives and works in London. She received a BA in philosophy from the University of Santiago de Compostela (1989) before moving to London, where she has a BA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College (1994) and an MA Sculpture and Critical Theory from the Slade (1996).

De la Cruz breaks convention, quite literally, by mangling the stretcher and piercing the flat edifice of the canvas to unleash it into three-dimensional space. Slashed, twisted and reformed into something approaching sculpture, there is a dark humor at play: “The moment I cut through the canvas I get rid of the grandiosity of painting”, she says. Convention punctured, her works seem to mimic aspects of human behavior or states of mind – cowering, cringing, surviving – and, more recently, this sense of human scale has been bolstered by works incorporating items of domestic furniture, such as chairs and tables. Prostrate on the floor or hanging on the wall like macabre trophies, they are evidence of a violent process and, as such, confront it as something thrilling, fearsome and, whether soiled or slick, just beneath the surface. For recent works such as Burst (White)(illustrated right, 2012), the artist has violently yet playfully transcended the imposed boundaries of her medium, asserting painting’s three-dimensionality by causing the sides to burst as if about to tear or explode. “These works are about being on the verge of something, the liminal state between one form and another. There is a surface appearance and there is also what lies beneath. These pieces are quite aggressive but they are also in a calm state.”

Solo exhibitions include Camden Arts Centre, London (2010), Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Sevilla, Spain (2005) and Museo de Arte Contemporanea de Vigo, Annex Space MARCO, Spain (2004). She was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2010.

Angela de la Cruz lives and works in London.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Border CrossingCastlefield Gallery, ManchesterSolo
2015La Coleccion. Coleccion de Pintura Contemporanea InternacionalFundacion Barrie, Madrid, SpainSolo
2015What Is Contemporary Art?Galeria Mario Sequeira, Braga Group
2015The Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915-2015Whitechapel, LondonGroup
2015Drawing Biennial 2015Drawing Room, LondonGroup
2014Der Kubist Marcel Duchamp mag nicht malenThomas Scutte Gallery, BerlinSolo
2014EnantiodromiaFold Gallery, LondonSolo
2014Resonance(s)Maison Particulliere Art Center, BrusselsSolo
2014Call me on SudayKrinzinger Projekte, ViennaSolo
2014Colour Me InEsbjerg Art Museum, DenmarkSolo
2014Tiempos Abiertos – Fondos de la Coleccion Artium de AlavaDA2~Domus Artium 2002, Salamanca, SpainSolo
2014Der Kubist Marcel Duchamp mag nicht malenThomas Scutte Gallery, BerlinGroup
2014EnantiodromiaFold Gallery, LondonGroup
2014Resonance(s)Maison Particulliere Art Center, BrusselsGroup
2014Call me on SudayKrinzinger Projekte, ViennaGroup
2014Colour Me InEsbjerg Art Museum, DenmarkGroup
2014Tiempos Abiertos – Fondos de la Coleccion Artium de AlavaDA2~Domus Artium 2002, Salamanca, SpainGroup
2013Angela de la CruzWetterling Gallery, Stockholm, SwedenSolo
2013BurstLisson Gallery, Milan, ItalySolo
2013The Art of the PresentColección Helga de Alvear, CentroCentro Cibeles de Cultura y Ciudadanía, MadridGroup
2013Jetztzeit (Present time) + The Angel’s BackCentre d’Art La Panera, Lleida, SpainGroup
2013The Art of Not MakingHå gamle prestegard, Nærbø, NorwayGroup
2013La Imagen Especular–Tirar del hilo - Sala SurCentro Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, Vitoria, SpainGroup
2013ON PAINTING—Prácticas pictóricas actuales... más allá de la Pintura o más acáCentro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain Group
2012TransferAnna Schwartz, Melbourne, AustraliaSolo
2012WetGalerie Krinzinger, Vienna, AustriaSolo
2012DelimitationsHerzliya Museum, Tel Aviv, IsraelSolo
2012The Art of Not MakingSumarria Lunn, LondonGroup
2012Representation and the BodyWetterling Gallery, Stockholm, SwedenGroup
2012The Fabricated ObjectSumarria Lunn Gallery, London, UKGroup
2012Tirar de Hilo (e imagen espectacular)Coleccion ARTIUM, Vitoria, SpainGroup
2012DelimitationsHerzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, IsraelGroup
2012Summer ExhibitionRoyal Academy, London, UKGroup
2012IV Bienal de Arte ContemporaneoONCE, Madrid, SpainGroup
2012In abstraction, the bodyAnna Schwartz Gallery, SydneyGroup
2011TrasnferHelga de Alvear, Madrid, SpainSolo
2011TransferLisson Gallery, London, UKSolo
2011Model vs RealityFold Gallery, LondonGroup
2011What If It's All True? What Then?Mummery + Schnelle Ltd, London.Group
2011ROTORSiobhan Davies, EdinburghGroup
2011ROTORWhitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UKGroup
2011Made In Britain: Contemporary Art From The British Council Collection 1980–2010Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Hong KongGroup
2011Contemporary Spanish in Helga de Alvear CollectionCaceres, SpainGroup
2011Pulso XXIColeccion Sanchez-Ubiria, MAS, Santander, SpainGroup
2011De-Constructing the NormWetterling Gallery, Stockholm, SwedenGroup
2011Historias de la Vida MaterialFundacion Helga de Alvear, Caceres, SpainGroup
2011Ficciones Y RealidadesArte Espanol de los 2000 en la Coleccion Arte ContemporaneoGroup
2011Museo Patio HerrerianoMuseum of Modern Art, MoscowGroup
2011Aproximaciones I. Arte español Contentemporaneo en la Coleccion de Helga de AlvearFundacion Helga de Alvear, Caceres, SpainGroup
2011Out of StorageTimmerfabriek, Maastricht, NetherlandsGroup
2011La ColecciónFundación Barrié. Sede A Coruña, SpainGroup
2011Surreal versus Surrealismo en el arte contemporáneoIVAM, Valencia, SpainGroup
2010AfterCamden Arts Centre, London, UK Solo
2010Turner PrizeTate BritainGroup
2010Gallery ArtistsWetterling GalleryGroup
2010ROTORSiobhan Davies, LondonGroup
2010La Abstraccion Redefinida Espana AmericaGaleria Max Estrella, Madrid, SpainGroup
2010Cosmètica dogmàtica - Collecció d'art contemporani Fundació la CaixaBarcelona, SpainGroup
2009Soft SculptureNational Gallery, Canberra, AustraliaGroup
2009HoviArtAnttolanovi, Anttola, FinlandGroup
2009Union FenosaLa Coruna, SpainGroup
2009Group ShowFundacion Marco Pastor, La Coruna, SpainGroup
2009IrreversiblePontevedra, Spain Group
2009Afinidades ElectivasLa Panera LeridaGroup
2009Artists of the Gallery – A Special SelectionGalerie Krinzinger, VienneGroup
2009SpheresLe Moulin, Boissy-le-ChatelGroup
2009HotchPotchMKII, Hackney, LondonGroup
2008Atered States of PaintDundee Contemporary Arts, ScotlandGroup
2008Afinitats electivesCentre d’art Panera, Lleida, SpainGroup
2008Mapas EmarxesAuditorio de Galicia, Santiago, SpainGroup
2008Group ShowWetterling Gallery, Stockholm, SwedenGroup
2008…same as it ever wasUniversity of the Arts, London, UKGroup
2008FramatRekord Gallery, Oslo, NorwayGroup
2008Golden RainStavanger, NorwayGroup
2007Global FeminismsBrooklyn Museum of Art, New York, NYGroup
2007Slipping AbstractionMead Gallery, Warwick Arts CentreGroup
2007Pasiones Privadas, Visiones PublicasMARCO, Vigo, SpainGroup
2007La Vida Privada: Coleccion Josep Ma Civi’CDNA Centro de Arte y Naturaleza, Huesca, SpainGroup
2007Sublime: Experiencias y Percepciones en Escultura ContemporaneaGaleria Pilar Parra y Romero, Madrid, SpainGroup
2006Angela de la Cruz Trabalho WorkCulturgest, Porto, PortugalSolo
2006ContrabandoGaleria Luisa Strina, Sao Paulo, BrazilGroup
2005Angela de la CruzCentro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Sevilla, SpainSolo
2005Angela de la CruzAnna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, AustraliaSolo
2005Angela de la CruzLoushy Art & Editions, Tel Aviv, IsraelSolo
2005Mallorca Open ’05: Principles of ConstructionCentre Cultural AndratxGroup
2005Group ShowAlbright Knox Museum, Buffalo, USAGroup
2005ShowcaseTalbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, UKGroup
20052 Bienal de Jafre, Spain, Comisarios: Mario Flecha y Carolina GrauGroup
2004Angela de la CruzMuseo de Arte Contemporanea de Vigo, MARCO, SpainSolo
2004Angela de la CruzLisson Gallery, London, UKSolo
2004Angela de la CruzNicolas Krupp Gallery, Basel, SwitzerlandSolo
2004Angela de la CruzProject room, ARCO, Madrid, SpainSolo
2004ShowCASe PreviewSouth London Gallery, LondonGroup
2004Pilot:1, International Art ForumOld Limehouse Town Hall, London, E14, Forum Barcelona, SpainGroup
2004Group ShowTanya Rumpff Gallery, Haarlem, The NetherlandsGroup
2004Manifesta VSan Sebastian, SpainGroup
2004Escape VelocitiesSpital Space, LondonGroup
2004A Thing About PaintingPlatform Gallery, LondonGroup
2004Painting as Process: Re-evaluating PaintingEarl Lu Gallery I and II, LASALLE-SIA College of the ArtsGroup
2003Angela de la CruzGalleri Bouhlou, NorwaySolo
2003ClutterGalerie Krinzinger, Vienna, AustriaSolo
2003Tra Est e Ovest - Galerie KrinzingerGAS Art Gallery, Turin, Italy Group
2003ChockofuckingblockJeffrey Charles Gallery, LondonGroup
2003Group ShowWhitechapel Project Space, LondonGroup
2003Wetterling 1978-2003Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, SwedenGroup
2002Angela de la CruzAnna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, AustraliaSolo
2002PropSturegallerian, Stockholm, SwedenSolo
2002Angela de la CruzWetterling Gallery, Stockholm, SwedenSolo
2002Perth International Arts FestivalThe Church Gallery, Perth, AustraliaSolo
2002Eva Schlegel & FriendsGallerie 422, Gmunden, AustriaGroup
2002Four Women and A Pregnant ManGalleri MGM, Oslo, NorwayGroup
2002ArtBermuda National Gallery, BermudaGroup
2002Life is BeautifulLaing Art Gallery, NewcastleGroup
2002Sitting TenantsLotta Hammer, LondonGroup
2001Angela de la CruzAnthony Wilkinson Gallery, LondonSolo
2001Ingenting (Nothing: Exploring Invisibilities)Rooseum, Malmo, SwedenGroup
2001Record CollectionVTO Gallery, LondonGroup
2001Nothing: Exploring InvisibilitiesNorthern Gallery Contemporary ArtGroup
2001Nothing: Exploring InvisibilitiesMead Gallery, University of Warwick, WarwickGroup
2001MakeshiftUniversity of Brighton Gallery, BrightonGroup
2000Angela de la CruzJohn Weber Gallery, New York, USASolo
2000LandscapeBarbara Gillman Gallery, Miami, USAGroup
20003 RoomsAnthony Wilkinson Gallery, LondonGroup
2000The Wreck of HopeThe Nunnery, LondonGroup
2000Point of View I-IIRichard Salmon Gallery, LondonGroup
2000Art for the 21st CenturyJohn Weber Gallery, New York, USAGroup
1999Everyday PaintingGalerie Krinzinger, Vienna, AustriaSolo
1999One PaintingLift Gallery, London, UKSolo
1999My Old Man Said Follow the VanRosemary Branch, LondonGroup
1999Aktuelle KunstThe Water Tower, Vlissingen, The NetherlandsGroup
1999White OutGallery Fine, LondonGroup
1999John Moores 21Walker Museum & Art Gallery, LiverpoolGroup
1999Getting the CornersOr Gallery, Vancouver, CanadaGroup
1999Transgressions and TransformationsYale University, New Haven, USAGroup
1999Europe on a ShoestringJohn Weber Gallery, New York, USAGroup
1999Links- Schilderkunst in extremis?Provincienhuis, Maastricht, The NetherlandsGroup
1999I’m a VirginThe Waiting Room, WolverhamptonGroup
1999Group ShowFrench Institute, Vienna, AustriaGroup
1999Group ShowFundacion Lazaro Guadiano, Madrid, SpainGroup
1999Peinture sur PEINTURESalle de Bal, Vienna, AustriaGroup
199954x54MOCA, LondonGroup
1998Larger Than LifeThe Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall, London, UKSolo
1998Everyday PaintingAnthony Wilkinson Gallery, London, UKSolo
19984xSoloDe Markten, Brussels, BelgiumSolo
1998Everyday PaintingJohn Weber Gallery, New York, USASolo
1998UK Maximum DiversityBenger Fabrik, BregenzGroup
1998UK Maximum DiversityAtelierhaus der Akademie der bildenden Kunste, ViennaGroup
1998Contemporary Women PaintersThe Hillwood Art Museum, Brookville, NYGroup
1998SpeedThe New Langton Arts Centre, San Francisco, USAGroup
1998Destroyer – CreatorJohn Weber Gallery, New York, USAGroup
1997Angela de la CruzGalerie In Situ, Aalst, BelgiumSolo
1997Take OffBenger Fabrik Bregenz, Hamburg, GermanyGroup
1997DissolutionLaurent Delaye Gallery, LondonGroup
1997Fasten SeatbeltGalerie Krinzinger, ViennaGroup
1997ShuttleAnthony Wilkinson Fine Art, LondonGroup
1997LineartGalerie In Situ, Aalst, BelgiumGroup
1996Stepping Out33 Great Sutton Street, LondonGroup
1996WastedHyena Co., Web-site, UKGroup
1996Abstract EroticismMOCA, Art and Design, Academy Editions, LondonGroup
1995MemoryRiverside Studios, LondonGroup
1994Making MischiefSt James’s Street, LondonGroup
1994Surface TensionCurwen Gallery, LondonGroup
1993UntitledPremises, Hackney, London, UKSolo
1993Rubber Works InstallationSpitalfields Market Project, LondonGroup