Adam Pendleton
if the function of writing is to express the world (2014)


Screen print on 4-ply museum board, with hand applied screen print letters on 2-ply museum board.
84.71 x 63.5 cm [33.35 x 25 inches].
Edition of 20 works, signed and numbered verso.
Produced by Adam Pendleton's studio.


About the work

The limited edition if the function of writing is to express the world, 2014 was created by Pendleton in support of the Whitechapel Gallery to accompany his work included in the exhibition Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915 - 2015, from January – April 2015. The print has three dimensional  as well as graphic qualities, featuring  a cropped reference to the work’s title created with a relief of collaged lettering .


About the artist

Adam Pendleton was born in 1984 in Richmond Virginia USA . He works in various media, including painting, photographic collage, video, performance and even publishing. His multi-media work engages with language on both a literal and formal level and through the use of [often incomplete] texts,  as well as images and considered juxtapositions, eliciting  new and sometimes radical meanings from historical interpretation and  narrative. His  love of text originated from his fascination with his mother’s books as a child.

Pendleton lives and works in Germantown, New York and Brooklyn, New York and is represented by Pace Gallery.

Selected Exhibitions

Pendleton’s selected Solo Exhibitions include: Adam Pendleton: Selected Works, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago  and Adam Pendleton, Pace Gallery, New York (2014); Adam Pendleton: I’ll Be Your, Pace London, (2012); Adam Pendleton: New Black Dada Paintings,  Galeria Pedro Cera, Lisbon, (2012); Adam Pendleton: BAND, The Kitchen, New York; Adam Pendleton: EL T D K Amsterdam, Part I: three scenes, Kunstverein, Amsterdam, (2009); Part III: BAND, de Appel Arts Center, Amsterdam, (2009); Adam Pendleton: EL T D K, Haunch of Venison, Berlin, (2009); Adam Pendleton: Rendered in Black, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indiana, (2008) and Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, (2007); Adam Pendleton: Deeper Down There, Yvon Lambert, New York, (2005); Adam Pendleton: Being Here, Wallspace Gallery, New York, (2004).

Whitechapel Gallery editions are generously donated by the artists. All proceeds from the sale of these works directly support our exhibition and education programmes.

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