BOOK LAUNCH: Gonzalo Lebrija - As Time Goes By

November 30, 2010 by Kay



EXHIBITION: Mat Collishaw's Magic Lantern

November 29, 2010 by Kay

26 November 2010 - 27 March 2011 V&A Cupola (from dusk) and John Madejski Garden (10.00 - 17.45) The V&A has commissioned artist Mat Collishaw to animate the Museum's architecture with a work of haunting beauty. A monumental zoetrope - the cylindrical device first designed in 1834 to project a rapid succession of images to simulate motion - is the result. Magic Lantern transforms the Museum's edifice into a beacon of light, brought to life by fluttering moths visible from dusk each evening. Exploiting the theme of enchantment to the full, Collishaw plays with scale, much like Lewis Carroll in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by grabbing the attention of South Kensington passers-by with his monumental fluttering moths in the Museum's uppermost dome, the crown cupola.
'Midnight Icarus', Mat Collishaw, 2010. © Mat Collishaw
This commission is accompanied by a smaller replica zoetrope which will animate the John Madejski Garden during the day, allowing a close-up view of the enchanting motion of moths in flight. Artist Mat Collishaw (b. 1966) is perhaps best-known for his inclusion in seminal YBA (Young British Artist) exhibitions including 'Freeze' (1988) and 'Sensation' (1997), having since built an impressive body of work spanning photography, film and installation using combinations of technologies new and old. His subject matter juxtaposes traditional notions of beauty and innocence with disquiet and the uncanny. The moth is an apt reference: its beauty and delicacy belying suggestions of things Gothic and haunting.
'Magic Lantern', Mat Collishaw, 2010. © Mat Collishaw
The related film shown in the V&A's main entrance will document the process of producing and installing the Magic Lantern in one of the Museum's highest and most inaccessible places. Magic Lantern can be seen from Cromwell and Exhibition Roads and as one approaches the V&A from South Kensington tube, in addition to the Madejski Garden within the Museum. Contemporary Programmes has established a legacy of publicly and critically acclaimed new media commissions including Volume (2006), Forever (2008) and Mirror, Mirror (2009). This ambitious project, however, propels Contemporary's interventions in a new direction, using remarkable heights of the Museum for site-specific work. Supported by the Friends of the V&A

Opening next week: Facsimile

November 26, 2010 by Georgia

Works from the collection of Francie Bishop Good + David Horvitz and others 30 November 2010 – 30 September 2011 Upstairs in Girls’ Club’s mezzanine gallery in Miami, works by artists Ghada Amer, Kevin Arrow, Amanda Burnham, Amy Mahnick, Rita McBride, Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova and others will explore the ambivalence of fetish objects and the spaces we contemplate them in. According to Girls' Club these works represent simulacra of reality and employ tracings, erasures, voids and double entendres. The works derive from a distinctly American pop cultural sensibility in which a familiar subject is re-presented as a useless object, its function deleted, enjoyed merely as a sign or a brand. The production of facsimiles by artists can be seen as a critique of the homogeneity of American culture, on consumerism and the easy availability of mass-produced uniform items. On show by Ghada Amer is Untitled (1997), one of the artist’s trademark embroidery works on canvas. In three different colours, the embroidery repeatedly shows a couple kissing. The position of the partners' faces on the canvas differs slightly each time, suggesting a certain motion or movement in time. Loose threads suggest the interference of a sewing machine, however the work is completely hand-made. Born in Cairo in 1963, Ghada Amer is known for paintings and multimedia sculptures which deal with issues of gender and sexuality. Amer often addresses the representation of female nudes in art history as ideal objects of desire rather than real human beings with emotions and thoughts of their own. Amer’s work fits perfectly in the collection and philosophy of Girls’ Club, which is dedicated to encouraging and exhibiting contemporary art by women. T-shirts with one of Ghada Amer’s works ‘Black Kiss’ are available at Other Criteria. The shirts were made as part of a range of t-shirts coinciding with the RED auction at Sotheby’s New York. The range illustrates a selection of the artworks from the auction, designed by the donating artists. All profits from the sale of these shirts go directly to the Global fund (recipient of RED funds) that finances programs to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in Africa. To view the shirts on our website please click here. Girls’ Club is a private foundation with a mission to educate the public, nurture the careers of female artists, and to serve as a resource for art students and scholars, curators, and practicing artists. For more information about Girls’ Club and their exhibition program, visit their website

CURRENT EXHIBITION & AUCTION: 52 Weeks

November 25, 2010 by Kay

Shelter and 20 Hoxton Square Projects present an exclusive exhibition featuring 52 artists who have each donated a piece of work, each representing a week of the year. Artists and designers include Grayson Perry, Modern Toss, Natasha Law, Sir Peter Blake, Rob Ryan, Sir Terence Conran, Vic Reeves and many more. The exhibition 52 Weeks will take place at 20 Hoxton Square Projects, 20 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NT from 25 – 27 November 2010. All 52 pieces will be auctioned in aid of Shelter. A live auction will take place on 24 November of 15 pieces. All other items will be available through a silent auction at the venue and online auction for the duration of the exhibition, bids will end on Saturday 27th November at 6pm. If you are interested in taking part and would like a full catalogue or to attend the live auction, please contact hannah_lumb@shelter.org.uk (0844 515 2109). For more information visit the Shelter website or 20 Hoxton Square Projects website. Additionally you can view items in the gallery and submit bids. Week 7 Rob Ryan Valentine's Day 'I Lie in My Bed All Alone' 2010 Papercut - 47 x 34 cm Week 22 Sir Peter Blake Marilyn Monroe's birthday 'Marilyn' 2010 Silkscreen plus diamond dust, artist proof - 50 x 50 cm Week 42 Dan Baldwin Artist's first child was due, 2010 'Thunderclap Dawn' 2010 Digital giclee, silkscreen layering varnishes, gold leaf, printed on heavy paper, artist's proof from sold-out edition of 25, 60 x 60 cm

OPENING TONIGHT: Boo Saville in Collective Noun

November 24, 2010 by Kay

COLLECTIVE NOUN A collaboration with Trolley Gallery Faggionato Fine Art 49 Albemarle Street London W1S 4JR

Exhibition: 25th November - 14th January 2010 Private View: Wednesday 24th November 2010

WINDOW DISPLAY: Converse (PRODUCT) RED Chuck Taylor – Damien Hirst

November 22, 2010 by Kay

These beautiful Damien Hirst Product RED Converses are available now in our Hinde Street store, hurry while stocks last! Unfortunately these are not available to purchase online but if you are not able to visit our London store and would like to get hold of a pair, please email us. Remember 100% of the net profit of the shoe is being paid to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Geneva, Switzerland). Our Hinde Street store window display, on the corner of Thayer Street and Hinde Street Converse (PRODUCT) RED Chuck Taylor – Damien Hirst

UPCOMING: Phillip Allen in Fade Away

November 19, 2010 by Kay

Fade Away: Painting between representation and abstraction Transition Gallery 3-24 December 2010 Gallery open Thur-Sat, 12-6pm Private View: Thur, 2 Dec, 6-9pm Fade Away is the first in an ongoing series of exhibitions at Transition with guest curators focusing on the diversity of contemporary painting and exploring the ways in which artists are engaged with it. Fade Away, which is curated by Alli Sharma, with an accompanying text by Barry Schwabsky, features paintings that oscillate between representation and abstraction. With widely diverse references and subject matter, they all share a strong material presence. Whatever the creative enquiry, they make you think about paint and the act of painting. Some of the Fade Away artists work directly from the perceptible world; others use the representational as a point of departure into the abstract, or conversely, explore the abstract, which reveals itself as subject. The dialogue between surface and illusion, representation and abstraction performs a paradoxical balancing act where surfaces are brushed, scored, erased, layered, revealed, dripped and collapsed. Compositions teeter on the verge of illegibility where images emerge and fade away.
Artists include: Henny Acloque, Phillip Allen, Tim Bailey, Nathan Barlex, Mike Bartlett, Alice Browne, Lindsey Bull, Nick Carrick, Michelle Charles, Clem Crosby, Theo Cuff, Kaye Donachie, Sarah Douglas, Sarah Dwyer, Andrew Graves, Paul Housley, Thomas Hylander, Hannah Knox, Laura Lancaster, Robert Lang, Sarah Lederman, Eleanor Moreton, Mali Morris, Alex Gene Morrison, Nadia Mulder, Jill Mulleady, Mahali O’Hare, Scott O’Rourke, Joanna Pawlowska, Joanna Phelps, Benjamin Senior, Shaan Syed, Zack Thorne, Gavin Toye, Helen Turner, Claire Undy, David Webb, Robert Welch, Andy Wicks, Jo Wilmot.
Phillip Allen, Lovejoyvian (Original Version), 2007, oil on board, 36x46cm
Lindsey Bull, Night Owl, 2010, oil on linen, 35x34cm
Clem Crosby, Picabia, 2010, oil on Formica, 51x41cm
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