‘History is now: 7 Artists Take On Britain’, housed at The Hayward Gallery, is an exhibition offering a radical new way of thinking about how we got to where we are today.
Eduardo Paolozzi, Take-off, 1972 (from original Bunkcollages 1947-52)
© Trustees of the Paolozzi Foundation. Licensed by DACS 2015
The Hayward Gallery let seven artists take on the cultural history of the United Kingdom. John Akomfrah, Simon Fujiwara, Roger Hiorns, Hannah Starkey, Richard Wentworth and Jane and Louise Wilson each curate different sections of the exhibition, looking at particular periods of cultural history. Their varied and curatorial 'takes' on Britain provide new perspectives and illuminate key moments in the nation's journey from the post-war period to the present day.
The artists pursue inventive ways of exploring our recent history, spanning ideas and topics as varied as the Cold War, post-Thatcherite society, protest movements, feminism, BSE, and celebrity culture.
They artists have selected over 250 objects from both public and private art collections as well as everyday artefacts including maps, costumes, newspapers, films, and personal diaries, together with scientific and military displays. Two works from Damien Hirst's iconic series – 'Natural History' and the Spot Paintings – are on display as part of Roger Hiorns examination of the BSE epidemic.
'Out of Sight. Out of Mind.' (1991) by Damien Hirst
Courtesy of White Cube © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2015
While each section of the exhibition is distinct in both focus and style, taken together, ‘History is now: 7 Artists Take On Britain’ provokes reflection and debate on the events, people, and objects that have shaped the nation in recent decades, so informing our future decisions and directions.
‘History is now: 7 Artists Take On Britain’ is co-curated by Dr Cliff Lauson, Hayward Gallery Curator.
This exhibition will be running until April 26th.
Other Criteria were pleased to launch The Folly Acres Cook Book in New York City on Wednesday, April 8th.
Sue Webster presented her semi-autographical cookbook and read some extracts. The book combines recipes from the kitchen of the Gloucestershire smallholding shared by the artist-duo Tim Noble and Sue Webster, along with drawings, photographs, thoughts, anecdotes and personal memories.
'Somewhere along the way, my artistic instinct got the better of me and what started life with good intention as an authentic cookbook somewhere in the style of Gwyneth Paltrow — it started to melt away halfway into something far more interesting and less practical' explained Sue Webster. 'This is a punk-y cookbook. This is a fucked-up cookbook,' she added. 'Some of them are edible, and some of them are just ideas.'
Sue Webster’s close friend, PJ Harvey, contributed a poem as an introduction to the book - inspired by her visit to Folly Acres, which she read at the launch. PJ Harvey also realised a surprise performance and sang a few tracks. 'I had to leave the room and come backstage and cry, because that last song of Polly’s' confessed Sue Webster.
They talk about it...
STYLE.COM: "Webster is bringing the viewer inside the artist’s mind with The Folly Acres Cook Book, a just-released collection of homegrown recipes, illustrated diary entries, and autobiographical scrawlings rendered by Webster from 2010 to 2014."
ARTINFO: "Harvey herself appeared in full force to celebrate at Other Criteria, reading aloud the poem she wrote for the book’s introduction before grabbing her black lacquered acoustic and launching into a few of Webster’s favorites"
Photo: Samantha Nandez/BFAnyc.com
MTV RE:DEFINE is an exhibition and auction that brings together music and iconic commissioned artworks by established and emerging artists.
'Fake' by Michael Craig-Martin
The event will be held at The Goss-Michael Foundation in Dallas on Friday the 10th of April 2015 where iconic artist Michael Craig-Martin will be honoured. Together the MTV Staying Alive Foundation, The Goss-Michael Foundation, and Future Tense, has raised over $4 million in support of MTV Staying Alive Foundation’s fight against HIV/AIDS.
'Umbrella (blue)' by Michael Craig-Martin will be on sale at MTV RE:DEFINE auction.
(Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery)
The unique event includes cocktails and dinner, live and silent auctions of world-class contemporary art, and musical entertainment. MTV Staying Alive Foundation is a grassroots HIV prevention and awareness charity that focuses on engaging, educating and empowering youth communities around the world. Dallas Contemporary is a non-collecting art museum that presents new and challenging ideas from regional, national, and international artists. As part of the programme, ten works by Michael Craig-Martin will be on display spread over ten public spaces in Dallas.
Michael Craig-Martin, conceptual artist and painter is mostly famous for his iconic line drawings of every day objects where colour and line are key to his particular minimalist aesthetic, which has been imitated widely in the fields of art and design. Craig-Martin continues to work in various mediums, always maintaining an elegant restraint and conceptual clarity. He studied Fine Art at the Yale University School of Art and Architecture and, on completion of his studies in 1966, he moved to London where he has lived ever since. In 1980 Craig-Martin became a tutor at Goldsmiths College teaching acclaimed artists such as, Damien Hirst, Sarah Lucas and Gary Hume.
Other Criteria are pleased to present the exclusive sale of a limited edition collection of Damien Hirst jewellery. These exquisite pieces incorporate the individually cast forms of perfectly replicated pills, embossed with the logos and compound numbers of the drugs.
The two '5 Pill' and '7 Pill' necklaces are available in rose, white and yellow 18-carat gold, as well as silver.
The charm bracelet, which includes a miniature 18 carat with diamonds skull, in homage to Hirst’s iconic For the Love of God (2007), is rendered in white and yellow gold.
Each piece includes an individual plaque engraved with the artist’s signature and an edition number.
The collection was first produced to coincide with Hirst’s largest retrospective exhibition to date in Qatar, Doha in 2013-2014. Science – and the position of pharmaceuticals in today’s society – remains one of the most enduring and important themes in Hirst’s work. In a 2006 interview he explained: ‘The whole story of science, alchemy and everything; it’s fantastic. Trying to understand the world, looking for the keys to understanding: that’s what artists do as well in some ways. It’s… the forms, the utopia, the hope, the cure.’ Here, the artist continues his investigation of the correlation between science, belief and beauty in spectacular fashion. This extremely limited collection of fine hand made jewellery is a stylish and visually stunning encapsulation of Hirst’s art.
To discover this exclusive collection, click here.
- Tracey Emin's iconic installation work, 'My Bed' (1998) will be returning to Tate Britain, after the current owner, Count Duerckheim confirmed the work will return to the UK on a ten year loan. 'My Bed' was first show in 1999 at the Tate Britain, in the Turner Prize Exhibition where Emin was shortlisted. Returning after fifteen years, the piece will be open to the public on 31 March 2015.
Emin's 'My Bed' was conceived during a traumatic relationship breakdown in her council flat near Waterloo station in 1998. The work gives us a snapshot of this distressing period but also acts as an unconventional self-portrait through the use of honest objects. The installation features the artist’s own stained sheets, condoms, blood-stained underwear and empty bottles of alcohol. The installation will be shown alongside a refresh of Tate Britain's galleries featuring major works by Gilbert & George, Anish Kapoor, Nicholas Pope and John Gerrard. Emin has also selected two works by Francis Bacon, 'Study of a Dog' (1952) and 'Reclining Woman' (1961). The juxtaposition is intended to create a dialogue, with works by both artists dealing in different ways with turmoil and intense emotion.
Tracey Emin’s art is one of disclosure, using her life events as inspiration for works ranging from painting, drawing, video and installation, to photography, needlework and sculpture. Emin reveals her hopes, humiliations, failures and successes in candid and, at times, excoriating work that is frequently both tragic and humorous.
'Science seems to be the one right now. Like religion, it provides the glimmer of hope that maybe it will be all right in the end'. Damien Hirst, New Religion 2005.
The Lightbox gallery and museum in Woking, Surrrey is one of the most exciting cultural spaces in the South East and will be hosting Damien Hirst's, 'New Religion' from Saturday the 28th of March until the 5th of July 2015. First exhibited at the Paul Stolper Gallery in central London 2005, New Religion has since toured to Oslo, Moscow, Venice, Sofia and now showing in the UK after ten years.
The exhibition will include a cedarwood crucifix inlayed with pewter pills, silkscreen prints depicting biblical chapters with images of corresponding medication, paintings and sculptural editions such as; 'The Eucharist', a large scale paracetamol carved entirely from marble. Another piece to show at The Lightbox is, 'The Fate of Man', a twelve-year-old child's skull cast in silver, revealing adult teeth waiting to pierce through which highlights the awfulness of death. All pieces juxtapose religious imagery with clinical beauty of pharmaceuticals and the brutal realism of the medical procedure.
The eternal themes of mortality and faith, combined with a fascination with science and technology, have been central to the practice of Damien Hirst's work. 'New Religion' juxtaposes religious imagery with the clinical beauty of pharmaceuticals and the brutal realism of medical procedures. Hirst says, 'I want people to think, mainly. In this instance, I want people to think about the combination of science and religion. People tend to think of them as two very separate things, one cold and clinical, the other emotional, loving and warm. I wanted to leap over those boundaries and give you something that looks clinical and cold but has all the religious, metaphysical connotations, too'.
The interview with Hirst by Sean O'Hagan can be found in the New Religion book published by Other Criteria and Paul Stolper in 2006.
semi-autobiographical book, British artist Sue Webster offers readers a rare glimpse into life as one half of the acclaimed artist-duo, Tim Noble and Sue Webster. The Folly Acres Cook Book combines recipes from the kitchen of the Gloucestershire smallholding shared by Tim and Sue, along with drawings, photographs, thoughts, anecdotes and personal memories.
Originally cooked for family and friends including the chef Mark Hix, and the singer songwriter PJ Harvey; the recipes form an illustrated diary of Webster’s life between the years of 2010 and 2014. Testament to her irreverent humour, Webster includes both classic and experimental dishes, alongside creative instructions for life in the country. She explains: “As I executed each idea I would test it out on a variety of guinea pigs, and recorded each dish on my iPhone. Sometimes I got bored of the edible dish and would photograph the garbage in the bin – the potato peelings and egg shells, as I found this to be somehow more attractive and synonymous to the trash sculptures that Tim and I had made.”
Introduced with an original poem by PJ Harvey that was inspired by her visit to Folly Acres, the Cook Book is hand-typed on a 1940s Olympia Robust typewriter originally developed for use by the German militia during World War II. Illustrated throughout with colour photographs and unseen drawings by both Tim and Sue, The Folly Acres Cook Book is an entirely unique publication from one of Britain’s most acclaimed contemporary artists.
In the accompanying exhibition of previously unseen unique drawings, we get a rare insight to weekends spent at Folly Acres. Sue exhibits works produced blindfolded, in a solo game of exquisite corpse. A drawing by Tim produced with a screwdriver dipped in beetroot juice; another using burnt matches on a white napkin. Subjects are personal; they include portraits of each other, the two rescue cats adopted by the artists with the land and close friend PJ Harvey – the singer songwriter, with her guitar. Sue has also produced a series of bronze sculptures including ‘The Carrot Family’, originally made from carrots grown at Folly Acres, intended as a centre-piece for a four course carrot feast one Saturday night.
Join Sue Webster & Other Criteria NYC to celebrate The Folly Acres Cook Book Wednesday April 8th 2015, 6–8pm, 458 Broome Street, New York City. There will be extract performed by Sue Webster and poetry reading by PJ Harvey. Signed books will also be available on the night.
The exhibition will be running until May 6th.