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Image: Christina Ramberg, Willful Excess, 1977, (c) the estate of Christina Ramberg, courtesy Sammlung & Collection of Karin Tappendorf

Two new concurrent exhibitions in the BALTIC Autumn/Winter season will bring together exceptional artworks from US-based artists Christina Ramberg and Huma Bhabha, many of which have not been seen in the UK before.

Against Time, Huma Bhabha’s first major survey exhibition in Europe, spans the last two decades of Bhabha’s work, showcasing an impressive cast of characters sculpted from cork, Styrofoam, clay and reclaimed materials like rubber tyres and animal bones. Alongside photographs, prints and expressive works on paper, these sculptures address themes of identity, migration and alternative futures; key concerns for our troubled times. Born in Karachi, Bhabha’s work is directly influenced by Pakistan’s desert landscapes and architecture. A fully illustrated accompanying publication includes an introduction by BALTIC Curator Emma Dean, and an essay by curator, writer and art historian Danielle Shang.

Taking over BALTIC’s Level 3 gallery, The Making of Husbands is a ground-breaking exhibition that revisits the work of Christina Ramberg (1946-95). Emerging from a group of artists known as the Chicago Imagists, Ramberg left a remarkable body of small obsessive drawings, studies in sketchbooks and a number of formally elegant, erotically sinister paintings. The subtle and potent dialogue between Ramberg and the other artists in the exhibition speaks to current debates around gender and identity: power dynamics, hierarchies, gender construction, desire and fetishism. A substantial accompanying publication features a facsimile reprint of Ramberg’s photographic slides, newly commissioned writing on Ramberg by art historians and theorists, and experimental fiction texts by Jen George and Dodie Bellamy.

The Making of Husbands and Against Time are at BALTIC, Gateshead until Sunday 21st February

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