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SELECTED WORKS BY Tamuna Sirbiladze

The Husband Is No Wall

The Husband Is No Wall

Tamuna Sirbiladze
The Husband Is No Wall

2007

Wood, metal, plaster, cloth and paint

243.8 x 365.7 cm
Tamuna Sirbiladze’s paintings, fast, expressionistic canvases depicting abstract shapes and naked female figures in the midst of bodily functions, convey an intimate, unavoidable physicality.
Map 1 (Four Parts)

Map 1 (Four Parts)

Tamuna Sirbiladze
Map 1 (Four parts)

2005/8

Acrylic and oil on canvas

Dimensions variable
Born in Georgia and based in Vienna, Sirbiladze could be said to be channelling some of the Viennese Actionists’ subversive spirit. She paints unromanticised images of faceless women naked, bleeding, defecating and vomiting, a kind of scrapbook of acts that are not particularly taboo now but aren’t the most obvious subjects for artists to explore in their works. There’s a raw frankness to her characters that goes beyond their crude, puerile figuration; they at once conflate the imagery of pornography and primeval ritual within scenes that hint at the diaristic and at a wide range of emotional states.
Toga Could Not Remember
Tamuna Sirbiladze
Map 1- Toga Could Not Remember

2007/8

Acrylic and oil on canvas

200 x 185 cm
Map 1 - Femme Infidele
Tamuna Sirbiladze
Map 1 - Femme Infidele

2006/8

Acrylic and oil on canvas

200 x 180 cm
Map 1 - Druges
Tamuna Sirbiladze
Map 1 - Druges

2005/8

Acrylic and oil on canvas

150 x 190 cm
Map 1 - Horse Shits On Their Roses
Tamuna Sirbiladze
Map 1 - Horse Shits On Their Roses

2006/8

Acrylic and oil on canvas

240 x 180 cm
Map 2 (Four parts)

Map 2 (Four parts)

Tamuna Sirbiladze
Map 2 (Four parts)

2006/8

Acrylic and oil on canvas

Dimensions variable
There is always something ordinary, something humorous, something melancholy and something sinister in her paintings. Map 4 – Got Too Much LA Sun shows the body of a naked woman on a beach, completely sunburnt and crimson (even her head and pubic hair), bending over an abstract shape with arched arms and legs, but still wistfully looking over to the blue waves and the sky on the horizon.
Map 2 - Untitled
Tamuna Sirbiladze
Map 2 - Untitled

2007/8

Acrylic and oil on canvas

190 x 200 cm
Map 2 - When His Boldness Reflected Twilight On Her Hair
Tamuna Sirbiladze
Map 2 - When His Boldness Reflected Twilight On Her Hair

2006/8

Acrylic and oil on canvas

200 x 200 cm
Map 2 - Drug Picnic
Tamuna Sirbiladze
Map 2 - Drug Picnic

2006/8

Acrylic and oil on canvas

180 x 160 cm
Map 2 - Andro
Tamuna Sirbiladze
Map 2 - Andro

2006/8

Acrylic and oil on canvas

200 x 185 cm
Map 3

Map 3

Tamuna Sirbiladze
Map 3 (Three parts)

2006/8

Acrylic and oil on canvas

Dimensions variable
Map 3 – Being Left There is a more modest depiction of a figure kissing the air to the right, but more sinisterly holding a cartoonish, hot pink bone behind her back, like a club. Map 2 and Map 3 include unflinching paintings of a woman’s buttocks during the act of defecation and penetration, across which text has been painted in bright neon colours, like graffiti.
Map 3 - Van Gogh
Tamuna Sirbiladze
Map 3 - Van Gogh

2006/8

Acrylic and oil on canvas

200 x 140 cm
Map 3 - Pickled Ass
Tamuna Sirbiladze
Map 3 - Pickled Ass

2006/8

Acrylic and oil on canvas

200 x 200 cm
Map 3 - Being Left Their
Tamuna Sirbiladze
Map 3 - Being Left Their

2007/8

Acrylic and oil on canvas

200 x 200 cm
Map 4 (Five parts)

Map 4 (Five parts)

Tamuna Sirbiladze
Map 4 (Five parts)

2005/8

Acrylic and oil on canvas

Dimensions variable
Map 4 - Suicide Painting
Tamuna Sirbiladze
Map 4 - Suicide Painting

2007/8

Acrylic and oil on canvas

200 x 200 cm
Map 4 - In Sahara
Tamuna Sirbiladze
Map 4 - In Sahara

2005/8

Acrylic and oil on canvas

200 x 185 cm
Kotzen
Tamuna Sirbiladze
Map 4 - Kotzen

2005/8

Acrylic and oil on canvas

220 x 185 cm
Map 4 - Got Too Much LA Sun’
Tamuna Sirbiladze
Map 4 - Got Too Much LA Sun

2007/8

Acrylic and oil on canvas

200 x 185 cm
Map 4 - Adidas Still Life In The Tennis Court
Tamuna Sirbiladze
Map 4 - Adidas Still Life In The Tennis Court

2007/8

Acrylic and oil on canvas

200 x 180 cm
The exact meaning of these arresting works is left open, blurred and made even more ambiguous by their often poetic titles. Sirbiladze is also the widow of artist Franz West, and the two often collaborated on projects.

Text by Lupe Nùñez-Fernández

Tamuna Sirbiladze's BIOGRAPHY

Tamuna Sirbiladze
Born in 1971, Tbilisi, Georgia
Lives and works in Vienna


SOLO & GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2012
Gaiety Is The Most Outstanding Feature of the Soviet Union, Saatchi Gallery, London

2010
Lasive Lockungen, Galerie Charim Ungar | CUC Berlin
Das Dinghafte In Der Kunst, Galerie Nikola Vujasin, Vienna
DADADA, Academy Kunstraum am Schauplatz, Vienna

2009
About Premises and Promises, Galerie Andreas Huber, Vienna
Until The End Of The World, A.M.P, Athens
The Red Thread, Galerie Dana Charkasi, Plattform aktueller Kunst, Vienna Galerie Bäckerstr. 4, Vienna

2008
Paintings and Elements, Jonathan Viner, London
Grazy, Werkstatt/Graz, Austria
Pretty Ugly, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York City, NY
Tamuna Sirbiladze/Mario Grubisic, Galerie Amer Abbas, Wien
NO)))2, Kunstbuero/Galerie Amer Abbas, Wien

2007
Sequence 1 Palazzo Grassi, Venice
Hamsterwheel, Arsenalle, Venedig
Inconcurrence, Galerie ColletPark,Paris
Der Ficker, Jonathan Viner, London

2006
Imagining Common Lands, Palazzo Lantieri, Görz (Italien)
Der Ficker, de 11 lijnen, Oudenbur
Viennabiennale, Top Kino, Wien
Fliegende Kuhe...., Villa Merkel, Esslingen
Der Ficker Caam, Las Palmas
Spon Tan, Timvan Laere Gallery, Antwerpen, B
Der Ficker, Galerie Elizabeth & Klaus Thoman, Innsbruck
Der Ficker, Haus Wittgenstein, Wien
Mozart, Experiment Aufklarung, Albertina, Wien

2005
RAM, CAMERE, Rom
MAK night, RADIUS festival, Wien
The Red Thread, Howard House Contemporary, Seattle, USA
The Read Thread, Educational Alliance Gallery, NYC, USA
Künstlerhaus Wien, Update, Wien
Certosa Di San Lorenzo, Le Opere I Giorni, Padula, Salerno

2004
Gruppenausstellung, kuratiert von Achille Bonito Oliva, Bericht: Neue Züricher
Zeitung (15.6.04)
Semperdepot, Graduate Exhibition
Museum of Modern Art, Passau, kuratiert von Wiplinger
Video Art Expo, Bari, kuratiert von Luca Gurci
Seconda biennale internazionale di Ferrara
Galerie Bernier-Eliades, Collaboration with Franz West, Athens

2003
Franz west and Friends, Austrian Cultural Forum, London, kuratiert von
Anthony Auerbach; Bericht: Time Out London (11.03)
Project 21 One day Show, Zwanzigerhaus, Vienna, kuratiert von Amer Abbas
Junge Kunst, Gallery 442,Gmunden
Nexus Kunsthalle Saalfelden, La-Bas, Saalfelden, kuratiert von Stephan Schmidt-Wullfen
MAC, English dictionary, Marseille, FR
Space Off, Supersaat Gallery, Wien
Point of View, Künstlerhauspassage, Wien
Moon Light, Galerie Meyer Kainer, Collaboration with Franz West
Deichtorhallen, Apartment Franz West, Hamburg, D

2001
Plakatenwurf, Galerie Gisela Capitain,Collaboration with Franz West, Köln, D;Review: ArtForum, May 2001

2000
U.A. West, Galerie Thoman, Innsbruck
Juana Y Juanita, Gallery Juana Aitzpuru, Madrid, E
Aktuellestudenteninnenarbeiten, Semperdepot, Wien, kuratiert von Kasper König
Cultural Sidewalk, Gumpendorf2000, Wien, kuratiert von Heidulf Gerngross

1999
The Sun Will Rise, Old Gallery, Tbilisi, Einzelausstellung
Weather, Bricks and Kicks, Wien
Tbilisi Academy of Fine Art, Graduate group show
Tea House Gallery, Auction show, Tbilisi
New Paintings, Museum of Modern Art, Tbilisi