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Ellen Gallagher: AxME

A major American artist comes to the UK

By Emma Crichton-Miller  

Bird in Hand 2006 Ellen Gallagher born 1965 Presented anonymously 2007

Ellen Gallagher’s Bird in Hand (2006) at the Tate Modern © Ellen Gallagher

Ellen Gallagher is one of the most significant American artists to have come to maturity in the last 20 years. This will be her first major solo exhibition in this country. Born in 1965, the daughter of African-American and Irish parents, she divides her life between Rotterdam and New York. Her paintings, drawings, reliefs, collages, sculptures, films and animations, constructed from a wide variety of materials, including plasticine and gold leaf, maintain a constant tension between the figurative…

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