Tacita Dean
The Russian Ending

December 8, 2001 – February 2, 2002
at Peter Blum SoHo

Peter Blum is pleased to announce the exhibition, TACITA DEAN. The Russian Ending, opening on Saturday December 8th at 99 Wooster Street, New York.

Mostly known for her work in the medium of film, this exhibition focuses on a powerful new work by Tacita Dean which comprises 20 photogravures with etching.   Based upon postcards collected over several years for their provocative and sometimes banal images, the artist has superimposed her idea that each of these images represents the final scene of an imagined film. Each is inscribed with Tacita's "stage directions" indicating in some the lighting, in some the sound effects and in others her whimsical  asides.  The effect is to layer each piece with profound levels of meaning and humor retrieving the images from their past and stirring the imagination.  The title of this work refers to the practice in Denmark where, in pre-Hollywood days, many movies were made and exported both to America and Russia. It was necessary at that time to create alternative endings for these two very different markets reserving a very tragic ending for the Russian audience.

In order to present the complete editions, to date, of Tacita Dean, the exhibition also includes Fernsehturm, a set of 6 color photogravures made from the film stills of Tacita's acclaimed film, from 2001, of the same name.  The artist's book Floh, 2001, by Tacita Dean, along with limited edition photographs from this work, will also be on view.

Tacita Dean was born in Canterbury, England in 1965. She studied at Falmouth School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art, London. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including De Pont Foundation, Tilburg, Netherlands, ICA Philadelphia and tour (1998). Museum fur Gegenwartskunst,
Basel (2000). Sala Montcada de la Fundacio "La Caixa", Barcelona, El Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (2001) Tate Britain (2001) Elusive Paradise -The Millennium Prize, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (2001).