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Malcolm Morley


Accompanying the exhibition Malcolm Morley: Sensations, this publication highlights the life and work of the artist by citing quotes from fellow artists – both friends and colleagues of Malcolm Morley –, which emphasize the key aspects of his painting practice. The quotes included in this book range from personal stories and reflections on the personality of the artist, as well as deeply insightful musings about the character of his oeuvre and the medium of painting. ‘The difference between one Morley and another is in the ideas they contain about painting which take me beyond the visual’, says Richard Serra when asked his opinion on Morley’s work.


Published by Capitain Petzel in 2023

ISBN: 978-3-9825338-0-3


About the artist

Macolm Morley (1931-2018, UK)

Morley is acknowledged as one of the earliest innovators of Superrealism, which developed as a counterpoint to Pop Art in the 1960s. Over the course of his distinguished career, Morley defied stylistic characterization, moving by turns through so-called abstract, realist, Neo-romantic, and Neo-expressionist painterly modes, while being attentive to his own biographical experiences. Morley studied at the Camberwell College of Arts and the Royal College of Art.

Over his lifetime, Morley had numerous presenatations of his work hosted by institutions including the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (1983); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (1983); Brooklyn Museum, New York (1984); Tate Liverpool (1991); Kunsthalle Basel (1991); Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht (1992); Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY (1992); Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (1993); Fundación La Caixa, Madrid (1995); Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo (1996); Hayward Gallery, London (2001); Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (2006); Yale School of Art (2012); the Hall Art Foundation, New York (2013-14), and Capitain Petzel, Berlin (2023). He has participated in numerous international surveys, including Documenta 5 (1972) and Documenta 6 (1977), and was awarded the inaugural Turner Prize in 1984, the Painting Award from the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1992, and the Francis J. Greenburger Award in 2015. He was inducted into both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2009) and the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2011).