Faisal Abdu'Allah and Franklyn Rodgers works loaned to Somerset House

2 Jun – 15 Sep 2019

Past Collection Loan



Somerset House
Strand, London WC2R 1LA

past exhibition

This exhibition is now closed.

about the exhibition

See works by Faisal Abdu'Allah and Franklyn Rodgers in the exhibition Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations Of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House. Autograph has loaned the works from our collection.

Two Autograph commissions by Abdu'Allah, Barber’s Chair and The Barber’s Clippers, are on display along with Franklyn Rodger's portrait Loretta Rodgers.

Get Up, Stand Up Now  celebrates the past 50 years of Black creativity in Britain and beyond, in a major new exhibition spanning art, film, photography, music, literature, design and fashion.

A group of around 100 interdisciplinary artists are showcasing work together for the first time, from the post-war era to the present day.

Whether established or emerging, all contributors have been specially selected for actively shaping cultural life in Britain and beyond. In this multi-sensory experience, historic works and new commissions sit alongside items from personal archives, much of which has never been seen by the public before, tracing more than half a century of collective history.

Get Up, Stand Up Now is curated by Zak Ové.

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about the artists

Through his interdisciplinary practice encompassing photography, print-making, video, sculpture, drawings and installation, Dr Faisal Abdu’Allah asks probing questions in relation to history, myth, faith, masculinity, memory and violence, as well as race, representation and iconography.

Abdu’Allah is an Associate Professor of Art and Faculty Director of UW-Madison's Creative Arts Community, The Studio. A former IDA visiting Professor at Stanford University and The Henry John Drewal Visiting Professor of African & Diaspora Arts at UW-Madison, he graduated from the Royal College of Art, and completed his PhD in 2012 at the University of East London.

His work has been exhibited widely, including at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013), Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno in Gran Canaria (2012), Stanford Welton Gallery in Stanford (2010), National Portrait Gallery (2009), Whitechapel Gallery (2009), British Film Institute Gallery (2008), Serpentine Gallery (2006), and the Chisenhale Gallery (2003) in London, and Studio Museum Harlem (1997). His works are in the collections of Tate Britain (London), the V&A (London), the National Maritime Museum (London), the Chazen Museum (Madison), CAAM (Gran Canaria) and the British Arts Council.

Abdu’Allah has won numerous grants and awards, including the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors grant, the Mayor of London Award for Sustainability, the Flamin Production Development Award, the Romnes Faculty Award, the Decibel Visual Arts Award, and the first prize at Tallinn Print Triennial in Estonia. He has been Artist-in-Residence at the Serpentine Gallery (London), the Tate Modern (London), Gallery MOMO (Johannesburg) and Project Row House (Houston).

He serves on the Executive Board for the Southern Graphics Council International Nominations Committee. Abdu’Allah maintains studios in the USA and UK and is represented by Magnolia Editions, USA, and Autograph ABP, London.

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Since the mid 1990s, Franklyn Rodgers has established himself as an artist best known for his unique and distinctive photographic portraits - often working with large format and on traditional film.

Rodgers has exhibited internationally, including at the United Nations Headquarters in New York (2011); Southbank Centre in London (2011); National Portrait Gallery in London (2008); Royal Academy in London (2006); The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; and during Les Rencontres d’Arles in France.

His work is held in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain and Autograph.His first monograph The Philosophy of Strangers was published in October 2007 by Autograph.

Banner image: Faisal Abdu-Allah, The Barber’s Chair, 2017. Commissioned by Autograph. Installation photograph by Ben Reeves.

Page images from top, left to right:  1) Frankyln Rodgers, Loretta Rodgers, 31 January 2006. 2) Faisal Abdu’Allah, The Barber’s Clippers, 2017. Commissioned by Autograph. Installation photograph by Ben Reeves.