Cliche: New group show in New York explores the betrayal of originality and overuse

Sally SAUL, Dog With Bone, 2018 Clay and glaze 13 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches 34,3 x 16,5 x 36,8 cm

Opening this week at the Almine Rech gallery in New York, Cliche is a group show that looks at those trite, stereotyped expressions, sentences or phrases, usually expressing a popular or common thought or idea, that have lost originality and impact through overuse.

Inspired by Norbert Weiner's quote: "The more probable the message, the less information it gives. Cliches, for example, are less illuminating than great poems," – the exhibition features works by Theodora Allen, Lois Dodd, Sally Saul, Sarah Hughes, Ida Tursic & Wilfried Mille Piotr Uklanski, Tom Wesselmann, Genieve Figgis and many more.

With sculptures, mixed media and paintings on display, we especially love Sally Saul's "Dog With a Bone" sculpture, one of three of her artworks featured. The famous French philosopher, Gilles Deleuze, notably once said: "Cliches are always already on the canvas, and if the painter is content to transform the cliche, to deform or mutilate it, to manipulate it in every possible way, this reaction is still too intellectual, too abstract: it allows the cliche to rise again from its ashes, it leaves the painter within the milieu of the cliche, or else gives him or her no other consolation than parody."

"With this show, we hope to exploit the many facets of cliche," adds curator Bill Powers. "The self-portrait, the tribute painting, the nude, conceptual art. Any rampant fetishisation that may read as a shortcut to meaning or popularity is fair game."

Cliche runs until 28 July 2018 at the Almine Rech gallery on 39 E78th Street, New York. Find out more at alminerech.com.

Theodora ALLEN, The Moth, No.3, 2017 Oil on linen 34 x 34 inches 86,4 x 86,4 cm

Theodora ALLEN, The Moth, No.3, 2017 Oil on linen 34 x 34 inches 86,4 x 86,4 cm

Ida TURSIC & Wilfried MILLE, Oscar Wilde & Lord Alfred Douglas, 2016 Oil on wood 15 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches 40 x 30 cm

Ida TURSIC & Wilfried MILLE, Oscar Wilde & Lord Alfred Douglas, 2016 Oil on wood 15 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches 40 x 30 cm

Sally SAUL, Little Dog, 2018 Clay and glaze 11 x 7 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches 27,9 x 19,1 x 24,1 cm

Sally SAUL, Little Dog, 2018 Clay and glaze 11 x 7 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches 27,9 x 19,1 x 24,1 cm

Tom WESSELMANN, Smoker Study, 1973 pencil and thinned liquitex on paper 12 x 11 7/8 inches 30,48 x 30,16 cm

Tom WESSELMANN, Smoker Study, 1973 pencil and thinned liquitex on paper 12 x 11 7/8 inches 30,48 x 30,16 cm

Lois DODD, Falling Window Sash, 1992 Oil on linen 60 x 38 inches 152,4 x 96,5 cm

Lois DODD, Falling Window Sash, 1992 Oil on linen 60 x 38 inches 152,4 x 96,5 cm

Sarah HUGHES, One Last Step, 2017 Oil, acrylic and acrylic spray paint on canvas 69 x 61 inches 175,3 x 154,9 cm

Sarah HUGHES, One Last Step, 2017 Oil, acrylic and acrylic spray paint on canvas 69 x 61 inches 175,3 x 154,9 cm

Sally SAUL, Black Dog, 2018 Clay and glaze 14 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches 36,8 x 16,5 x 36,8 cm

Sally SAUL, Black Dog, 2018 Clay and glaze 14 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches 36,8 x 16,5 x 36,8 cm

Genieve FIGGIS, TBT (Rainbow), 2018 Acrylic on canvas 31 3/8 x 39 1/4 inches 79,7 x 99,7 cm

Genieve FIGGIS, TBT (Rainbow), 2018 Acrylic on canvas 31 3/8 x 39 1/4 inches 79,7 x 99,7 cm