AboutCornerhouse is pleased to launch Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2009 - the annual exhibition that has been a regular feature in the programme since 1989.
New Contemporaries (formerly Young Contemporaries) has a long and illustrious history, dating back to the first exhibition of young graduates from Greater London Art Schools in 1949, held at the Pall Mall Galleries. The 60 years of the annual show is dedicated to profiling the work of young, new and emerging artists at the start of their professional careers and through its annual presence, has identified serious artists from each generation and given them the opportunity to show for the first time. The premise remains the same today.
The selectors for the 2009 edition of the annual show are artists' Ellen Gallagher, Saskia Olde Wolbers, John Stezaker and Wolfgang Tillmans. With an extraordinary generosity of spirit, they debated every artwork with such gusto, intelligence and sensitivity; it was an exhilarating process. The final selection of work and artists is coherent, with layer upon layer of enquiry, connections and references.
Much work this year plays with the role of description, of telling things as they are, or inventing things till they look at least real."