Selectors for the 2009 New Contemporaries Open Call

Ellen Gallagher

Ellen Gallagher (b. 1965) studied at Oberlin College and at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Using different techniques from painting to 16mm films, Ellen Gallagher opens up windows on to a universe in which narratives of history and identity are at once pulled apart and re-imagined.

Selected recent solo exhibitions include, An Experiment of Unusual Opportunity, South London Gallery (2009); Coral Cities, Tate Liverpool and Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin (2007); Salt Eaters, Hauser & Wirth, London (2006); DeLuxe, Hauser & Wirth, Zürich (2006); Ellen Gallagher: Ichthyosaurus, Freud Museum, London (2005); Ellen Gallagher: Murmur and DeLuxe, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami (2005).

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John Stezaker

John Stezaker (b. 1949) studied at the Slade School of Art, and currently teaches Critical and Historical Studies at the Royal College of Art.

Stezaker has been highly influential in the key artistic developments of the last three decades, from Conceptual Art, New Image Art through to the re-emergence of collage. As a leading figure of the British Conceptual Art group, Stezaker showed in the first Hayward Annual of 1972 called The New Art, but his conceptual interests soon gave way to what can now be seen as a long-term fascination with the image. Using found photographs and printed material, Stezaker's collages involve various techniques such as removals, maskings, reparations, rotations and visual concordances.

Photo: Paul Rogers

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Saskia Olde Wolbers

Saskia Olde Wolbers (b. 1971) studied at Chelsea College of Art & Design in London and at the Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam. Olde Wolbers makes complex, multi-layered films, whose narratives often take their starting point from overheard conversations, newspaper articles or television programmes.

Selected recent solo shows include Saint Louis Art Museum, St Louis, USA (2008); Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2008); Art Gallery of York University, Toronto, Canada (2008); Maureen Paley, London (2007); Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal (2007); The Falling Eye, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2006); Trailer, South London Gallery and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Olde Wolbers curated the project Blink at Gasworks Gallery in London in 2006, and was recipient of the Becks Futures Award in 2004 and the Prix de Rome Film & Video Award in 2002.

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Wolfgang Tillmans

Wolfgang Tillmans (b. 1968) studied at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design between 1990 and 1992. In 1995 he won the Ars Viva Prize, Germany and in 2000 was the first artist working with photography at the centre of his practice to win the Turner Prize. Since 2003 he has been Professor of Interdisciplinary Art at Stadelschule, Frankfurt, Germany and since 2006 has run the exhibition space Between Bridges in London.

Wolfgang Tillmans has reinterpreted representational genres from portraiture to still life to landscape through the medium of photography. In the early 1990s he was recognised for his unconventional portrait photographs of his friends and street subculture. He is winner of the 2009 Kulturpreis of the Deutschen Gesellschaft für Photographie, and lives and works in London and Berlin.

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