The Wreaths to Pleasure were originally exhibited at Chadwick’s solo exhibition Bad Blooms at MoMA, NY in 1995. In each work, flowers and fruits are set against both pleasing and poisonous liquids: tomato juice, melted chocolate, detergents and soaps, antiseptic cream and oils. The 13 circular framed photographs that comprise the series are each 1 metre in diameter and displayed in the artist’s own brightly coloured enamel steel frames. They hang on the wall in clusters, hyper-surreal floral wreaths to pleasure. As in many of her works, Chadwick invites us to question our received notions of beauty, pleasure and revulsion.
the pavement, the beach,
Sotheby’s S|2 Gallery, London, UK, 2017 Helen Chadwick: Bad Blooms, Richard Saltoun Gallery, London, UK, 2014
Helen Chadwick: Wreaths to Pleasure, The Henry Moore Institute,
Leeds, UK, 2013 Helen Chadwick: Works from the Estate, Richard Saltoun Gallery, London, UK, 2013 Helen Chadwick: A Retrospective, Barbican Art Gallery, London, 2004; This exhibition
travelled to Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK; Kunstmuseet Trapholt,
Kolding, Denmark; and Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden, 2004. And the One Doesn’t Stir without the Other, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, Ireland, 2003 Helen Chadwick, Ferens Art Gallery, Kingston upon Hull, UK, 1998.
This exhibition travelled to Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery,
Nottingham, UK and Pitzhanger Manor House & Gallery, London, UK. Blumenstücke Kunststücke, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany, 1995-1996.
This exhibition travelled to Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN. Bad Blooms, MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York, US, 1995. This exhibition
travelled to Norrköping Art Museum, Norrköping, Sweden; Indianapolis Museum of
Art, Indianapolis, IN and Uppsala Museum of Art, Uppsala, Sweden. Something the Matter: Helen Chadwick, Cathy
de Monchaux, Cornelia Parker, 22nd
International Biennial of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil,1994 effluvia Helen Chadwick, Museum Folkwang, Essen, 1994. This exhibition
travelled to Fundació la Caixa, Barcelona, Spain and Serpentine Gallery,
London, UK. Helen Chadwick: Flesh and Flower, Zelda Cheatle Gallery, London, UK, 1994
Walker, Helen Chadwick: constructing identities between art and
architecture, London 2013 (illustrated, p. 190). Leonie O'Dwyer, Helen
Chadwick: a critical catalogue raisonné, Leeds 2012 (illustrated in colour,
nos. 136 - 148).
Gloria Chalmers (ed.), Helen Chadwick:
Stilled Lives, Edinburgh 1996 (illustrated in colour, n. p.).
Kirk Varnedoe, Paola Antonelli and Joshua
Siegel (eds.), Modern Contemporary: art at MoMA since 1980, New
York 2000 (illustrated in colour, p. 346).
Pawel Leszkowicz, Helen Chadwick:
ikonografia podmiotowosci, Krakow 2001 (illustrated in colour, nos. 28,
Mary Horlock, Eva Martischnig, Mark Sladen
and Marina Warner, Helen Chadwick, Ostfildern 2004.
Niclas Östlind, Notes on the art
of Helen Chadwick, especially the early works, Stockholm 2005 (illustrated
in colour, p. 15).
British Council Nigeria, A
collection of our art works: The Lagos Art Collection, Lagos 2008
(illustrated in colour, n. p.).