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Goldsmiths
CCA

Exhibitions

Tony Cokes, Evil.16 (Torture.Musik), 2009-2011 (video still). Courtesy Greene Naftali Gallery, New York, Hannah Hoffman Gallery, Los Angeles, and Electronic Arts Intermix, New York.

Tony Cokes, The Queen is Dead, Fragment 2, 2019 (video still). Courtesy of Tony Cokes; Greene Naftali, New York, Hannah Hoffman, Los Angeles, and Electronic Arts Intermix, New York.

Installation View, Tony Cokes, If UR Reading This It's 2 Late: Vol.1, Goldsmiths CCA, 2019.

Tony Cokes, The Morrissey Problem, 2019, (video still). Commissioned by Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art, London, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard and ARGOS centre for audiovisual arts, Brussels. Courtesy the artist, Greene Naftali, New York and Hannah Hoffman, Los Angeles.

Installation View, Tony Cokes, If UR Reading This It's 2 Late: Vol.1, Goldsmiths CCA, 2019.

Tony Cokes, Evil.16 (Torture.Musik), 2009-2011 (video still). Courtesy Greene Naftali Gallery, New York, Hannah Hoffman Gallery, Los Angeles, and Electronic Arts Intermix, New York.

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If UR Reading This It’s 2 Late: Vol 1 is the first UK solo exhibition of US-based artist Tony Cokes. The exhibition provides an opportunity to see a broad range of powerful artworks made by Cokes since the 1990s, alongside two newly commissioned films. Cokes’ video works are eviscerating critiques and affective art works, bringing together colour theory, sound, music, and texts quoting a polyphony of voices such as Louis Althusser, Malcolm X, David Bowie, Public Enemy and Donald Trump. Meeting political and social commentary with cultural theory and a critique of capitalism, Cokes’ films viscerally confront the social condition, as well as the specific prejudices and threats suffered by black subjects. Recent works range across minimal techno, the Bush administration’s use of colour to engender a perpetual culture of fear, and music used to torture detainees during the so-called ‘war on terror’.

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Two new works have been produced for the exhibition, one of which is specific to the context of Goldsmiths CCA and takes as its subject the musicality of Kodwo Eshun’s Mark Fisher Memorial Lecture, which took place at Goldsmiths University in 2018. Mark Fisher was a well-loved writer and academic based at Goldsmiths, whose work explored the pervasive logic of capitalism as inflected through culture, including music, literature, film, television and visual art.

Co-organized by Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University (30 January – 12 April 2020) and ARGOS centre for audiovisual arts, Brussels (18 April – 26 July 2020).

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BIOGRAPHY
Tony Cokes lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island, where he serves as Professor in the Department of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. Recent exhibitions include The Shed, New York; Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen; the 10th Berlin Biennale, Berlin; Hessel Museum, Annandale-on-Hudson; Whitechapel Gallery, London; ZKM, Karlsruhe; REDCAT, Los Angeles; SFMOMA, San Francisco; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Pera Museum, Istanbul; and the Louvre, Paris. His work is included in the collections of The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; SFMoMA, San Francisco; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; FRAC Lorraine, Metz, France; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre George Pompidou, Paris; Kunsthallen, Copenhagen; Wexner Center for the Visual Arts, Columbus; and Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, among many others.

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