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Danny Moynihan talks about his book Private Collection

June 25, 2015 by Mary

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Private Collection’ is a unique, eye-opening publication of over 250 pornographic photographs from Danny Moynihan’s personal collection, featuring images made by some of the earliest erotic photographers, dating back to the mid 1800s and the invention of photography itself. Ranging from the artistic to the bawdy to the explicit, ‘Private Collection’ is equally a historical document of 19th century sexual appetites, as it is a slice of titillating coffee-table erotica.

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Included in this volume is a rousing essay by Cressida Connolly, which examines the parallel development of pornography and photography, as well as a historical overview of sleaze and sexual practice in 19th century Europe. Since the birth of photography, people have sought out pornographic images – after all, “looking at photographs of people with no clothes on is always exciting”. And, with ‘Private Collection’, never has it been so intriguing.

Danny Moynihan will talk about his book Private Collection Thursday 25th June from 7pm at The Society Club.

12 Ingestre Place, Soho, W1F0JF London

RSVP george@thesocietyclub.com

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PINK–ME–UPS!

June 24, 2015 by Mary

From Monday 22nd June till Monday 7th September 2015, The Old Brompton Gallery will bring together three different international artists Misha Milovanovich, Alexandros Vasmoulakis and Woozy in an exhibition dominated by pink and vibrant happy colours. The exhibition will reflect the three artists’ desire to uplift spirits through their collective freedom of expression.

Misha’s work anticipates dichotomized reactions; the blatant pop-iconography, examines a sphere of objectification, questions the boundaries between the traditional, sentimental, cultural appreciation and the sycophantic, ironic mock-appreciation. The exhibition includes paintings that have a strong visual coherence. In Misha’s ‘Chewing Gum’ acrylic on canvas series, the viewer is invited to identify a classic motif of surrealism re-worked in a cheekily hand-made pop style consisting of a sculptural rendering of neon-hued gum floating above a complementary colour field.

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Misha Milovanovich, Untitled’ (Chewing Gum 12) 2014
Acrylic on canvas, 64 x 45 cm
Courtesy of Old Brompton Gallery

Vasmoulakis’ work also adopts pop elements but with expressionistic hues; ‘The Dancers’, (oil and acrylic on canvas 70 x 90 cm), is a characteristic example of these elements, with its focus remaining distance and detached from priori interpretations, in order to reflect on the nature of the gaze that unfold a continual scenario of intertwined power of relations.

Woozys’ work retains his signature minimal yet colorful forms, interweaving an array of diverse materials, styles and techniques. As seen in his work titled ‘Elizabeth’, transcending the limitations of a specific setting or known face, the characters in his paintings are those that journey through space and time embracing a sense of the universal beauty found in the abstract.

Pink – Me – Ups!’ is inspired by these three artists’ shared love and passion for texture, light and colours, which playfully invite the audience to effortlessly uplift their mood and create a happy long-lasting memory.

The exhibition is curated by Michaela L. Vergottis.

Old Brompton Gallery, 22 June – 7th September 2015
238 Old Brompton Rd, London SW5 ODE

ARTIST ROOMS: Damien Hirst

June 22, 2015 by Mary

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Damien Hirst ‘Untitled Collage’, 1983
© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2015
Photograph Prudence Cuming Associates

A selection of Damien Hirst works held by ARTIST ROOMS is being displayed at the Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney this summer. The exhibition will provide an opportunity to view Hirst’s work alongside the Centre’s Collection of 20th and 21st century Modernist art and in particular to highlight the connections between Hirst and Margaret Mellis – she was a close friend and mentor of Hirst’s during the development of his early career.

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Damien Hirst ‘Drill’, 1985
© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2015
Photograph Prudence Cuming Associates

The Centre’s exhibitions and the Mellis works in the gallery’s collection will allow new readings of both artists’ work providing a challenging and rewarding experience for audiences in the far north of the UK.

A learning programme exploring the relationships between Hirst and Mellis’s work will be developed in collaboration with the Centre’s Piergroup (16-25 year olds) who have been involved in the two previous ARTIST ROOMS presentations at the Centre.

On the occasion of ‘ARTIST ROOMS Damien Hirst’ exhibition, Other Criteria published ‘Half Dead Flowers’. This book highlights the connections between Damien Hirst and Margaret Mellis. In 2001 Hirst expressed the view that she had been unjustly neglected and deserved to be "up there – large on the map with her contemporaries". Their works were first exhibited side by side in the Tate in 2008.

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The text by Damien Hirst is amended from an original introduction written for the exhibition catalogue ‘Margaret Mellis’, Austin /Desmond Fine Art, London 2001. A reproduction of a hand written letter from Margaret Mellis to Hirst from circa 1987 is also included.

‘Half Dead Flowers’ is available here.

‘ARTIST ROOMS Damien Hirst’ at  The Pier Arts Centre, Scotland, UK
20 June to 12 September 2015

Anatomy of an Angel by Damien Hirst

June 17, 2015 by Mary

Ekebergparken – a public sculpture and cultural heritage park in Oslo, recently acquired ‘Anatomy of an Angel’ (2008), the first ever Carrara marble sculpture produced by Damien Hirst.

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Anatomy of an Angel (2008) by Damien Hirst
© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012

Inaugurated in 2013, the 64-acre sculpture park offers a stunning view of Oslo's magnificient harbor, the sleek opera house, the Nobel Peace Prize building, and the Renzo Piano-designed Astrup Fearnley Museum. Ekebergparken is a historic site that combines modern art with remains from the Stone, Bronze, and Viking ages. The 31 sculptures are of high quality and are representative of European art history of the last 130 years. The combination of Ekeberg's long history, the beautiful nature and the splendid sculptures offers visitors a triple experience.

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Anatomy of an Angel in Ekebergparken

‘Anatomy of an Angel’ is based on Alfred Boucher’s sculpture ‘L'Hirondelle’ (1920). In Hirst’s version, cross-sections of her body show the anatomical structure beneath the skin, revealing she is human after all. The sculpture plays on dualities: life and death, humour and solemnity, beauty and decay, good and bad.

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Anatomy of an Angel by Damien Hirst
Limited edition published by Other Criteria

Other Criteria with Damien Hirst published a limited edition that reflects in miniature his original, classically posed sculpture of the same name. Cast in either  black or white resin, each in a limited edition, the signature, title and edition number are etched into the resin by the artist.

Discover ‘Anatomy of an Angel’ limited edition here.

Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair 2015

June 11, 2015 by Mary

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Located at the Brick Lane Yard,the Art Car Boot Fair welcomes established and up-and-coming artists, including Rachel HowardMischa MilovanovichPolly MorganBoo SavilleSir Peter Blake, and Tracey Emin. The artists personally sell their original and limited edition artworks out of the back of new and vintage Vauxhall cars. Artists are also set to sell limited edition pieces, created just for the day.


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Limited Edition Fine Art Prints

This year a select number of artists including Rachel Howard, will be creating art pieces using car bonnets provided by Vauxhall as their canvas. The Vauxhall Art Car Bonnets will be auctioned on the day to raise money for charity.

True Rocks and Rachel Howard will be launching ‘The Humble Hunger’. The London-Ibiza based label is known for turning everyday objects into extraordinary jewellery. The brand often collaborates with British artists to create limited-edition that have proven widely popular.

Howard says ‘The humble hanger is a celebration of the overlooked and commonplace, its function is taken for granted whereas here the humble hanger is honouring the workaday, elevated to something more grand. The simplicity of the wire hanger is beautiful; a few bends and a couple of twists. The humble hanger is also an object that eludes to the human body, eliciting perhaps loss, absence and love’.

Humble Hanger comes in two sizes in 18 carat Rose and yellow gold plate or sterling silver on two different lengths of chain: Medium 3.5 x 2cm with an adjustable trace chain, and Large 5x3 cm with an adjustable trace chain.

Rachel Howard will also present ‘Black Dog’, a two plate colour etching produced from a hand painted acetate using a combination of copper plate etching and photopolymer gravure processes.

Derived from Howard's drawings, the subject matter draws on the rich tradition in art history where the dog has been romantically portrayed as the human companion, vigilant protector and loyal guardian of the dead. Yet here, dogs are also shown as animals prone to abuse and neglect by humans, and perhaps an emblem of recent times.

"This year the Art Car Boot Fair is all about packing even more into our car park, exciting new artists, extraordinary performances and a dog show to boot, literally in the boot - we have a lightly canine theme for 2014 and lots to announce over the coming weeks", says Karen Ashton, Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair founder and curator, about this year's event.

Sarah Lucas at Other Criteria London

June 10, 2015 by Mary

In celebration of Sarah Lucas’ solo exhibition in the British Pavilion for the 56th Venice Biennale (9 May - 22 November 2015), Other Criteria are proud to present a selection of works created in collaboration with the artist. This exhibition, installed on May 7th, will be running until June 30th, 2015, at Other Criteria London, 14 Hinde Street.




Pictures: ‘LOVE IS A BURD LOVE IS A BURDEN’ by Sarah Lucas and Olivier Garbay

Following artists such as Jeremy Deller, Steve McQueen, Tracey Emin, Gilbert & George and Anish Kapoor, Lucas has been selected to represent Britain at the 56th Venice International Art Biennale. Her solo exhibition in the British Pavilion is currently open until 22 November 2015.

Lucas' work has consistently been characterised by its humour and the transformation of every day objects such as food, tabloid newspapers, furniture, toilets and cigarettes into visual metaphors of human body parts. By turns lewd and lyrical, punning and paradoxical, her art continues to deal with sex, death, abjectness and notion of Englishness. “Humour is about negotiating the contradictions thrown up by convention”, Lucas said. “To a certain extent, humour and seriousness are interchangeable. Otherwise it wouldn't be funny. Or devastating.”

One of the leading figures in the generation of Young British Artists who emerged in the 1990s, Lucas has collaborated with various artists such as Tracey Emin, William Corwin and Olivier Garbay. Central to the show at Other Criteria, London are a series of sculptures that were cast from the entwined hands and forearms of Lucas and poet Garbay. The freestanding sculptures are metaphors for the unification and struggle often experienced in love. Whether battling or embracing, their arms physically manifest some of the ideas recorded in their book, The Mug, also included in the show.




Pictures: ‘The Mug’ by Sarah Lucas and Olivier Garbay
and Energy Dairies DVD + CD Box Set by Sarah Lucas

The Mug catalogues the thoughts and ideas that emerge from Lucas and Garbay’s collaborative working methods and is presented in the style of an alphabetised address book. Mixing free-form Anglo-Gallic poetry with various artistic experiments, The Mug documents the development of a shared language between the two artists.

Sculpture in the City 2015

June 8, 2015 by Ishah

In its 5th year running ‘Sculpture in the City’ is well underway and ready to open this summer. The popular public art exhibition will display contemporary sculpture in and around the Square Mile showing 15 contemporary sculptures in the City of London.


‘Charity’ by Damien Hirst (2002-2003)
Photo: Mike Parsons © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. Courtesy DACS 2015

In previous years the annual sculpture exhibition has included works by artists such as Anthony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Cerith Wyn-Evans, Lynn Chadwick, and Ryan Gander, all of which were installed in and amongst the City's skyscrapers. 

This year it has been announced that iconic artists Damien Hirst and Ai Weiwei will be showing their sculptural work amongst other participants from all over the world these include; Adam Chodzko, Ceal Floyer and Laura Ford from the UK, Xavier Veilhan from France, Kris Martin from Belgium, Ekkehard Altenburger from Germany, Folkert de Jong from the Netherlands, Sigalit Landau based in Israel, Shan Hur from Korea, Keita Miyazaki and Tomoaki Suzuki from Japan and Bruce Beasley from the USA. 

Sculpture in the City is a unique collaboration between the City of London Corporation (the elected body which looks after the Square Mile global business district around St Paul’s), local businesses and the art world, providing the opportunity to engage new audiences with established and emerging contemporary artists. Its aim is to enhance our urban environment with cutting-edge contemporary works from leading artists sited in both busy thoroughfares and quieter, green spaces. “Love them or hate them, they will enliven your emotions and make walking round the City a better experience.” Robert Hiscox, Honorary President of city company, Hiscox.

The fifteen artworks will be seen against a backdrop of some of the oldest and newest architecture – as the one of the oldest parts of London, the city sees 16th century buildings crammed in next to brand new skyscrapers the exhibition will open on the 9th of July 2015. 

Here is the Map of Artworks: http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/visiti...

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