David Lynch Paintings

As his admirers eagerly await new episodes of his cult 1990 TV series Twin Peaks, David Lynch – the director best known for films such as Blue Velvet, Eraserhead, the Elephant Man and Mulholland Drive – opens the first major exhibition of his work in the UK.

Lynch, who was a painter before he was a filmmaker, entitles his Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art show Naming to highlight the ambiguous nature of naming his paintings, drawings, watercolours, photographs and films. DR STEPHEN MOONIE, Lecturer in Art History at Newcastle University, enters Lynch’s universe. @ BBC Arts
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Image © David Lynch, TV BBQ, 2009 | Courtesy of the artist and Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles | Photography: Brian Forrest
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Cornelia Parker @ Witworth Art Gallery

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A still from Parker’s film War Machine, featuring the paper rolls used to make commemorative poppies

“Cornelia Parker is renowned for her ability to transform the most familiar objects into unfamiliar forms, and often by the most forceful of means. She has stretched bullets into lengths of wire, made drawings using explosives, flattened brass ­instruments with a steam roller and—most famously—in 1991 she blew up a garden shed and then meticulously ­suspended its fragments in a constellation-­cum-swarm around a single light bulb, under the title Cold Dark Matter. This is now owned by the Tate and features in a major survey of Parker’s work which heralds the reopening of the ­Whitworth Art Gallery in ­Manchester, where it is accompanied by new ­commissions created from the red fabric used to make commemorative poppies and the revolutionary new form of carbon developed in Manchester, graphene”.@ The Art Newspaper

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