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Gerard Hemsworth: Nothing to Declare
16 September–1 November 2015 | Publications | Editions | Artist’s Website



Gerard Hemsworth | Nothing to Declare | 16 September–1 November 2015 | Wednesday–Sunday 12–6pm | Private View: Sunday 13 September 2–5pm

Gerard Hemsworth, Draw, 2015. Courtesy the artist.
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Nothing to Declare will be Gerard Hemsworth’s third solo exhibition at Matt’s Gallery, presenting recent works from 2012 to 2015.

Hemsworth’s previous exhibitions at Matt’s Gallery include Means to an End, 1983 and Self Portraits, 1988. Nearly 30 years on, Nothing to Declare brings together signs and representations of modernist art, alongside and integrated with signs and representations from what seem like cartoon narratives, offering pictorial and ideological oppositions.

An important and influential artist and teacher, Hemsworth’s paintings recognizably adopt a minimal visual language with definitive line drawings and simplified areas of colour, presenting contradictions between the serious and the absurd enabling the work to be both uncanny and subversive.

Gerard Hemsworth (b.1945) studied at St Martin’s School of Art, London from 1963-68 and has exhibited internationally since the 70’s. Up until 2011 he was Professor of Fine Art and Director of the MFA Fine Art Programme at Goldsmiths, University of London. In 2000 he won the Charles Wollaston Award at the Royal Academy of Arts.

To coincide with the exhibition Nothing to Declare, Gerard Hemsworth has produced a series of three limited edition prints which will be sold by Matt's Gallery.

Nothing to Declare at Matt’s Gallery is generously supported by Arts Council England.



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Solo Exhibitions
2015 Suspect, Dear Future Me, Brussels; Outing, Thomas Rehbein Galerie, Koeln 2013 Desert Gardens, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo 2011 Blacklands, Thomas Rehbein Galerie, Koeln 2010 After Urban Garden, Moon Gallery, Hong Kong 2009 Hidden Agenda, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut; Water into Wine, Thomas Rehbein Galerie, Koeln; Now Then, Galerie Michael Janssen, Berlin 2007 A Question of Rhetoric, Galeria Luis Serpa Projectos, Lisbon 2005 Mushrooms in the Rain, Galeria Brito Cimino, São Paulo 2002 Gerard Hemsworth, Thomas Cohn Galeria, São Paulo 2001 Never mind, why?, Thomas Rehbein Galerie, Koeln 1998 Strictly Suburban, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton; Gerard Hemsworth, Thomas Rehbein Galerie, Koeln 1994 Gerard Hemsworth, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London 1993 Believing in God, ‘tleerhuys Galerij, Bruges; Gerard Hemsworth, Bureau Coquilhat, Antwerp 1992 In Excess, Urmel, Gent; Gerard Hemsworth, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London 1991 Gerard Hemsworth, Galerie Cintrik, Antwerp; Gerard Hemsworth, Galeria Comicos / Luis Serpa, Lisbon; Financial Times, Steendrukkerij BV, Amsterdam 1989 Financial Times, Galerie Cintrik, Antwerp; Financial Times, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London 1988 Self Portraits, Matt’s Gallery, London; Gerard Hemsworth, Hillman Holland Fine Arts, Atlanta 1987 Gerard Hemsworth, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York; Gerard Hemsworth, Galeria Comicos, Lisbon; Gerard Hemsworth, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London 1986 Gerard Hemsworth, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London 1985 Gerard Hemsworth, Galerie Van Beveren, Rotterdam 1984 Gerard Hemsworth, Third Eye Centre, Glasgow; Gerard Hemsworth, Midland Group Gallery, Nottingham; Gerard Hemsworth, Orchard Gallery, Londonderry 1983 Leda and the Swan, Kabinett für aktuelle Kunst, Bremerhaven, Act of Contrition, Galeria Christophora, Krakow; Means to an End, Matt’s Gallery, London; Act of Contrition, Piwna 20/26, Warsaw; Act of Contrition, Galeria Akumulatory 2, Poznan 1981 Key, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge; Not until Viable/Not unless valid, Kabinett für aktuelle Kunst, Bremerhaven; Gerard Hemsworth, Internationaal Cultureel Centrum, Antwerp; Duel, Museum für (Sub-)Kultur, Berlin 1980 Object/Nature- Still Life Drawing, Piwna 20/26, Warsaw; Object/Nature- Still Life Drawing, Galeria Akumulatory 2, Poznan, Gerard Hemsworth, Orchard Gallery, Londonderry 1979 Still Life Drawing, Oliver Dowling Gallery, Dublin 1978 Illusion/Delusion, Graeme Murray Gallery, Edinburgh, Object-Object, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol 1977 Ten White Paintings, Oliver Dowling Gallery, Dublin 1976 Gerard Hemsworth, Robert Self Gallery, Newcastle 1975 Gerard Hemsworth, Robert Self Gallery, London, Gerard Hemsworth, Patrick Verelst Gallery, Antwerp 1974 Gerard Hemsworth, Jack Wendler Gallery, London 1973 Regarding things as they are, X-One Gallery, Antwerp 1972 Presenting things as they are, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford 1971 Simulation, Galerie MTL, Brussels, Gerard Hemsworth, X-One Gallery, Antwerp 1970 Gerard Hemsworth, Nigel Greenwood Gallery, London

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Bibliography
2010 Gerard Hemsworth: After Urban Garden, Forward by Paris Moon, Essay by Richard Noble, Moon Gallery, Hong Kong, ISBN 978-988-19631-1-6 2009 Gerard Hemsworth: Hidden Agenda, Preface by Philippe Pirotte, Essays by Thomas Lawson and Suhail Malik, Kunsthalle Bern and the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT, ISBN 978-3-941185-89-0 2005 Gerard Hemsworth: Mushrooms in the Rain, Essays by Andrew Renton and Suhail Malik, Galeria Brito Cimino, São Paulo, ISBN 85-99470-01-9 2002 Gerard Hemsworth, Essay by Suhail Malik, Galeria Thomas Cohn, São Paulo 2001 Gerard Hemsworth: Never mind, why ?, Essay by Suhail Malik, Thomas Rehbein Galerie, Koln 1999 Gerard Hemsworth: Strictly Suburban, Essay by Nick de Ville, John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton, ISBN 085432 682 0 1993 Twee Taksten bij het werk van, Gerard Hemsworth, Essays by Michael Philipson and Michael Corris, Win Van den Abbeele, Antwerp 1992 Gerard Hemsworth: In Excess, Essay by Michael Corris, Win Van den Abbeele and Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, ISBN 90 74458 01 7 1988 Gerard Hemsworth: Self Portraits 1977-87, Essays by Peter Dormer, Nick de Ville and Gray Watson, Matt’s Gallery, London, ISBN 0 907623 14X 1986 Gerard Hemsworth, Introduction by Declan McGonagle, Essay by Marjorie Allthorpe-Guyton, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, ISBN 0 905263 80 4 1984 Gerard Hemsworth, Essay by John McEwen, Third Eye Centre, Glasgow, ISBN 0 906474 37X 1981 Gerard Hemsworth: KEY, Essay by Jean Fisher, Orchard Gallery, Londonderry and Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge ISBN 0 907797 00 8 1981 Gerard Hemsworth, Introduction by Glenn T. Van Looy, Internationaal Cultureel Centrum, Antwerp

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