Conceived by Vanessa Carlos, co-founder of Carlos/Ishikawa in Stepney Green, which represents the likes of Oscar Murillo and Ed Fornieles, this annual event allows galleries from around the world to transcend geographical boundaries and collaborate. What’s more, the whole scheme is based on generosity and mutual respect: participant galleries only have to pay their host a fee of £600 to cover expenses.
Rochat’s cutting-edge work has completely overtaken the gallery. Transparencies hang from the ceiling and the windows have been pasted over with digital prints on transparent vinyl, which gives a slightly psychedelic, stained-glass effect. Although Rochat trained in photography her textured work could easily be mis-interpreted as a completely different medium such as painting. She explains that, "there are no rules in my process," and her work could definitely be described as experimental.
Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s brings together works by no less than 48 artists from the collection of Austrian renewable-energy giants Verbund - exhibited in Britain for the first time. It features film, performance, collage and photographic works arranged thematically across two floors of the expansive West-End space. Taking its title from the curator-coined term, the show offers what is then an extensive look at the work of these groundbreaking artists.
‘He is sexy, yet completely sexless. As a model he is a natural.’ Indeed, when it came to Mick Jagger, English fashion photographer Cecil Beaton hit the nail on the head. In S|2’s latest exhibition in London. Performance by Cecil Beaton is a rare opportunity to view a selection of photographs taken on set of the sexually explicit gangster-crime film of the same name. Shot in 1970, the content of the film was so violent and controversial, Warner Brothers were forced to re-edit before it was suitable to be released to a British audience.
Walking into the Rauschenberg restrospective at Tate Modern feels like the landing of Allied forces on the beach. A surge of raw, brilliant American energy on the banks of the river Thames. The works are powerful and as much ahead of their time today as they were fifty years ago. Tate’s show is the first full scale survey of Rauschenberg’s oeuvre since his death in 2008. The exhibition, produced with New York’s Museum of Modern Art.
Tucked away in an elegant Georgian townhouse on Fitzroy Square, Flavie Audi’s kaleidoscopic glass creations at Tristan Hoare Gallery offer an otherworldly immersive experience. This is glass as you have never seen it before - experimental forms that inhibit a state far removed from the conventional everyday functions of the material. Glass is an underrated medium with regard to fine art; it thus provides an incredibly unique material for Audi’s opportunistic and insightful creative process, which she herself cites as experimental and innovative.
Revive! produced and curated by Sasha Galitzine and Olga MacKenzie invites a dynamic group of young artists to engage with the Crypt of St. Mary Magdalene’s Church, on the canals of Little Venice. All the works, including several performances, are specific to the site, both its physical layout and symbolic significance. Works have been placed where corpses were once laid to rest before burial. In its time, the church was built amidst a Victorian slum.
Taken from an array of visual influences in film, art, television and music, France-Lise McGurn’s new exhibition Mondo Throb at Peckham-based gallery Bosse & Baum is an eruption of vibrant and sexually impulsive figurative paintings and drawings. Often extending beyond the confines of the canvas, McGurn creates an abundance of sensual imagery that spills out onto the walls and floor of the gallery. The composition and form of the layered figures developed from sketches derive from a multitude of influences.
If you haven't yet heard of Kansas-born contemporary artist Charlie Roberts, you are in for a treat. Roberts' newest body of work Juicy is now on display at London's Marlborough Contemporary and showcases the artist at his very best. Juicy appears to be about the story within the story, but is it as simple as that? A hybrid collective of figurative and abstract compositions, Juicy is a visual storyboard that details the inspirations behind Roberts’ work.
Inside is both very beautiful, and very painful. - Beautiful because of the art that has been assembled, and the architecture of the prison itself. Painful because the prison does not, at first glance, look so terrible. It even resembles university halls of residence. Were they not called “cells” with bars at the windows and doors that lock from the outside, these would be premium, en suite rooms. But they are not, and never were. At one point the toilets were ripped out so that inmates could not use the pipes as a form of communication.
Articulately narrated and presented, the exhibition was created through the collaboration of curator Judith Clark and psychoanalyst Adam Philips. Taking Philips’ definition of “vulgar” as a starting point, the exhibition looks at 500 years of fashion through the prism of 20 different eras and themes. In Philip’s words: “vulgar is either what the vast majority of us are; or the vulgar are those who ... pretend to be something we would like to be.”
With President Obama’s historic visit to Cuba earlier this year, the world focuses with renewed interest on the influence of Cuban social history on Modern and Contemporary art. As such there could not be a better time for the Tate Modern’s monographic retrospective of work by Cuban-born Modernist turned Surrealist artist Wifredo Lam. The EY Exhibition has been organized in conjunction with the Centre Pompidou and the Musée national d’art moderne, Paris, and curated by Dr Matthew Gale.
The Store at 180 Strand, is not the elegant exhibition space its chi-chi central London address would have you think. Instead, it is a gutted Brutalist concrete-block that shares the same building as a multi-storey car park. Acting as The Hayward Gallery’s North Bank outpost, this otherwise uninhabited space has been transformed.
Sunday Art Fair is a youthful satellite fair running parallel to Frieze London, focusing on younger galleries showing emerging artists. Located accross from Madame Tussauds, Sunday is just a 10 minute walk through Regent’s Park from Frieze. Sunday takes over The University of Westminster’s Ambika P3, “a 14,000 square foot underground hangar once used to test concrete for Spaghetti Junction and the Channel Tunnel.” It is wonderful to step out of Regent’s Park and into a supersised science laboratory.
The heart of French artist Marc Camille Chaimowicz’s glorious new show is an exploration of how we write our own narratives through the spaces and objects around us. Utilising old and new work, found objects and the work of others, Chaimowicz has transformed the Serpentine Gallery in London into an immersive interior, that acts as a self-portrait or memoir to his own life and career
Invigorating, intense, emotional, dramatic. The art of Abstract Expressionism that originated in a world reeling from the uncertainty of the postwar years strongly resonates with the chaotic political climate of today. It delivers an inspiring message to the potential creators of today’s culture - where destruction took place in the twentieth century, creativity arose as a confident response, pioneering new techniques
Known for its cutting-edge commentary on contemporary art, the Turner Prize 2016 opened at Tate Britain, London on September 27th, marking its 32nd year in existence. As ever, this year’s prize attracted media scrutiny upon the early announcement of its four nominees back in May, inviting the usual refrains of "is it art?" and "what does it mean?" Fittingly then, the exhibition opens with Helen Marten’s (purposefully) enigmatic installations.
Last Friday saw the opening of photographer and multidisciplinary artist, Anouska Beckwith’s first London solo show, showcasing her own imagined Uni ~ Verse. Held at the Palm Tree Gallery on Portobello Road, the exhibition came after Beckwith’s 2015 New York solo debut Transcendence, in addition to recent group shows in London, Paris and Switzerland. Inside the gallery was an immersive organic installation of moss, shrubbery and branches set to ‘encourage gratitude and respect for the natural environment’ amongst the audience.
The African artist Aboudia was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast (1983) where his experiences of the 2011 civil war ultimately shaped his artistic style and practice. As the riots and violence reached a crisis point during March 2011, Aboudia was forced to take refuge in a basement studio. It is here that he began creating distinct works of art which documented the surrounding political turmoil of his country.
Georgia O’Keeffe’s retrospective at Tate Modern coincides with the much-anticipated Switch House extension, but has independently attracted thousands of summer visitors. It is perhaps because the great American modernist gave a voice to those influential female artists overlooked during the twentieth century. Curated by Tanya Barson, the exhibition brings together six decades of O’Keeffe’s work.
The photographer Raphael Albert (1935-2009) established himself as a cultural promoter and photographer of black beauty pageants in West London between the late 1960's and 1980's. His archive documenting popular community events as well as his collection of model portfolios has allowed for a both extensive and detailed exhibition, which celebrates a community often overlooked within mainstream fashion and culture.
Tate Britain’s first exhibition celebrating the birth of photography and its consequential impact on British art of the Victorian and Edwardian eras quite frankly lacks the pizzazz needed to make it flash. With the curators adopting a comparative approach, juxtaposing original photographs and oil paintings in a simplistic ' two works depict the same subject matter kind of way' little is left to the imagination.
The ordered chaos of the Fitzroy Park Allotments on the edge of Hampstead Heath has lately been invaded. It has been besieged by a series of installations and site-specific artworks in an exhibition entitled Closer To The Veg, so that it's now overrun with the likes of ring-necked parakeets. So different is this exhibition curated by Olga Mackenzie and Sasha Galitzine that it's drawn many curious Londoners to see work by 16 artists.
Born in 1929, the 87 year-old Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, has been producing iconic and thought provoking works for more than six generations. Having exhibited her work in both galleries and museums around the world for decades – her last UK retrospective was at the Tate Modern in 2012 - there seems to be no sign that Kusama has any intention of slowing down. She is, in fact, more prolific than ever before.
The British photographer Kurtiss Lloyd and I first met at the Nomadic Community Garden off Brick Lane, London. There we spent an afternoon talking and taking photographs of the street art. Finding his way to photography through an interest in dance, Kurtiss grew up in an English mining town without any artistic training. But he soon found his way into the fashion world, collaborating with brands like Dior, Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood and Philip Tracey.
Co-ordinated by the sculptor Richard Wilson and described by him as “unpredictable, stimulating and startling”, this year's Summer Exhibition focusses on the importance of artistic partnership. Throughout the galleries, Wilson presents the viewer with the pairing of single pieces of work in an attempt to demonstrate the connection formed through creative dialogue. He seeks to showcase the power of art and its ability to create empathy, as we are reminded that we often observe it from a perspective other than our own.
In the grand hall of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London sits a giant clam shell, occupied at any time by a tourist attempting to affect that pose: weight on one leg, hip pushed into an alluring curve, a hand raised over a breast, the other clutching an imaginary rope of salt-encrusted hair over their modesty. Such is the enduring popular appeal of Sandro Botticelli’s (1445-1510) most famous painting, Birth of Venus...
Photo London was only launched in 2015 but this year’s event, held at Somerset House, was a world-class gathering. Founders Michael Benson and Fariba Farshad brought together 85 of the world’s leading photography galleries, supplemented by special exhibitions by the likes of photo-journalist Don McCullin, Russian photographer Sergey Chilikov and Turner-nominated artist Craigie Horsfield.
Painting Made Me Do It is a group show focused on the physical act of painting with ideas drawn from Michael Blackwood’s documentary A Life Lived about Philip Guston. It features work from Hannah Bays, Asger Harbou Gjerdevik, George Little and Jessie Makinson - all of which have attracted serious interest across the London art world from the likes of Saatchi and Marcus Harvey of Turps Banana.
Art16 brings together an exciting roster of over one hundred contemporary art galleries from thirty countries all over the world, creating a highly immersive cultural experience for its visitors. The programme caters to both established and emerging galleries, providing a useful platform to exhibit artistic talent from a cross-section of diverse art scenes. Hosted at Kensington Olympia, London...