Andrew Bick is an artist and curator. His recent solo exhibitions include Galerie Von Bartha, Basel; School Studies, recent work and selected work since 1993 [1 March – 12 May 2012] and School Studies, Ghosts, Arguments at Hales Gallery, London in November/December 2012. The last in this series of exhibitions School Studies, an architectural problem, was hosted by INDEX Gallery in Stroud Gloucestershire and toured to Von Bartha Chesa, s-Chanf, Switzerland in early 2013. Major public space exhibitions include Slow Magic at Bluecoat, Liverpool in 2009. Since 2008 he has been developing projects based on research in to British Construction and Systems Art from the 1950’s to 1970’s initiated as a result of a Henry Moore Institute Fellowship in 2007/08. His art and curatorial practice is based on a critical analysis of the complex and ambivalent nature of our relationship to late modernism. Bick presented a paper for the Tate Modern conference Abstract Connections [March 2010], titled Construction and its Shadow, Double agents and split identities in the world of Abstraction, focusing in particular on the work of Anthony Hill and his Dadaist alter-ego Achill Redo. He has given public gallery talks on artists such as Raoul de Keyser (Whitechapel), Kenneth and Mary Martin (Camden Arts Centre), Robert Mangold (Parasol Unit) and Norman Dilworth (Huddersfield Art Gallery). Bick has also made commissions in collaboration with architects such as Lifshutz Davidson Sandilands and John McAslan + Partners and is currently working on a project for central London with MAKE Architects. He teaches at Kingston University, & The University of Gloucestershire. He has written for Art Monthly, The Brooklyn Rail and online magazines Kultureflash and Abstract Critical and is represented by Hales Gallery London and Galerie Von Bartha, Basel. Born 1963 in Coleford, Gloucestershire UK. Bick lives and works in London.
Recent group exhibitions include •system•painting•construction•archive, Lion+Lamb Gallery, London; Off The Beaten Track, Galerie Von Bartha Garage, Basel; Ha Ha, what does this represent? (catalogue text David Ryan), Standpoint Gallery, London; Zig Zag, Charlie Dutton Gallery, London; A Sort of Night to the Mind A KIND OF NIGHT FOR OUR THOUGHTS, Illusion and Materiality in Contemporary Painting, Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury; BETWEEN THE POSSIBLE AND THE REAL, 4 British Abstract Painters, Jon Thompson, Ben Ravenscroft, Andrew Graves, Andrew Bick, Kusseneers Gallery, Antwerp; Andrew Bick, Daniel Robert Hunziker, Karim Noureldin, Magnus Thierfelder, Jens Wolf, Beat Zoderer, Von Bartha Garage, Basel and Slow Magic, Bluecoat Gallery Liverpool.
Curated projects include The Conversation, Galerie Von Bartha, Basel 2011; Specific Structures, (with Betty Leirner) La Maison de la Poesie, Basel, 2011; Construction & its Shadow, Leeds Art Gallery, 2010-11; The North Sea, Laurent Delaye Gallery, 2009; The Kingston Turnpike, Stanley Picker Gallery & Turnpike Gallery, 2006; Sight Mapping, Sala Rekalde, Bilbao and Konsthallen Bohuslans Museum, Uddevalla, Sweden, 2002-03.
Bick has been selected for the Jerwood Drawing Prize (2001 and 2004), NatWest Art Prize (1999), Jerwood Painting Prize (1998), John Moores 20, Liverpool (1997). Bick has artists’ books in collections at The Victoria and Albert Museum, New York Public Library, Yale Center for British Art, The British Library, The British Museum and painting and drawing in collections such as GoMA Glasgow, The British Museum, Benetton Collection, Cranford Collection, Simmons and Simmons, Speyer Family Collection, UBS Bank, Unilever and in other private collections worldwide.