Neal Tait at The Apartment

June 30, 2010 by Ellie

June - 30th September 2010

Dan Walsh, Untitled, 2008, Ink on inomachi paper, 22 x 30 inchesDan Walsh, Untitled, 2008, Ink on inomachi paper, 22 x 30 inches

The Apartment is pleased to announce “Once Removed”, a group exhibition curated by gallery artist Daniel Sturgis. Daniel Sturgis is known for his flat, abstract paintings, which imbue modernism with a sense of playfulness, anxiety and revived energy. Curating is an extension of his practice, as he often chooses to present other artists’ work and contribute to a dialogue and a wider awareness of painterly concerns. Daniel Sturgis has recently curated the posthumous Liz Arnold exhibition at the Camden Arts Centre, London, a series of group shows on contemporary abstract painting at a number of institutions in Britain as well as a major project with Daniel Buren for The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere.

Neal Tait, The Balloon, 2008, Oil on canvas, 50.8 x 41 cm, Courtesy the artist, The Apartment, Athens and White Cube, London

For this show at The Apartment, Sturgis has brought together a number of established and mid-career artists, who critically mine the history of painting and the modernist cannon, bringing out questions on the nature of representation. Amongst them are Keith Coventry, Peter Halley, James Hyde, Neal Tait, Dan Walsh and John Wilkins. In Peter Halley’s work, abstract geometries are continually re-contextualized in a democratic manner that incorporates references to communication systems, technological models and popular culture. Dan Walsh subverts the formal paradigm with a series of irregular lines and a fine sense of understatement. Neal Tait idiosyncratically appropriates historical styles in his enigmatic paintings, while James Hyde literally paints over representations of Stuart Davis paintings. The exhibition also features a nylon webbing by Hyde, a work that blends the boundaries between painting and sculpture.

James Hyde, Blender (Davis), 2006, Acrylic on archival digital print, 20.5 x 27.25 inchesJames Hyde, Blender (Davis), 2006, Acrylic on archival digital print, 20.5 x 27.25 inches

All the artists in the exhibition purposefully create a distancing device within their practice, which allows them to make paintings whilst also referring to the problems of representation and the pressures exerted by the didacticism of modernist history. Once Removed further complicates such a reading with the inclusion of a film by the painter Keith Coventry, W.A.F.S 1996, a seemingly peripheral work, a playful re-presentation of a pre-war modernist film.

By bringing together artists from London and New York, Once Removed examines the shared and divergent relationships painters have to their medium, to each other and most importantly to the history of painting.

James Hyde, Swimmer, 2010, Nylon Webbing, 72 x 60 x 10 inchesJames Hyde, Swimmer, 2010, Nylon Webbing, 72 x 60 x 10 inches

John Isaacs at Berlin Pillar of Art 2010

June 30, 2010 by Ellie

In association with Art Barter Berlin, which we posted about here, Berlin Pillar of Art also launches this month.


The third in the series, Berlin Pillar of Art project is an initiative first set up by Art Below’s Ben Moore whereby 14 foot high pillars in the districts of Berlin Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg are adorned with works by selected artists.

This method of presenting and curating art on the city streets is a brave and bold enterprise, bringing art to a wide public audience. It enables the artists to air their work in front of a larger audience than ever before and what better location than the culturally vibrant, artistic hub that is Berlin?

The project attracted a great deal of attention and success back in 2009, hence this year’s re-launch. The added bonus of Art Barter’s curatorship should inject a new and exciting twist to what was already a dynamic project. The two like-minded ‘art entrepreneurs’ have described themselves as the ‘perfect playmates’, both ‘revolutionary, resourceful and truly avant-garde in spirit’.

The 10 selected public pillars are located in the Prenzlauer Berg and Mitte districts, with work from Berlin’s hottest established and emerging artists being represented. In an added variation on last year’s theme, 2010’s Pillar of Art will exclusively showcase work from artists living and working in Berlin. Coinciding with Berlin’s 6th Biennale for Contemporary Art, this summer promises to further establish the city’s reputation as a creative melting pot.

Beth Jennings, J (Berlin Pillar of Art 2009)Beth Jennings, J (Berlin Pillar of Art 2009)

Exhibiting artists are as follows: Jonathan Monk, Jason Dodge, Uwe Henneken, John Isaacs, Saâdane Afif, Evgeni Dybsky, Wolfgang Ganter, Yudi Noor, Sophie Holstein, Stefan Rinck, Haralampi Oroschakoff, Ilona Kalnoky, Charlotte Dualé, Stephan Balleux, Melissa Frost, Isabelle Graeff, John Kleckner, Alejandro Moncada, Sergio Roger, Yukiko Terada, Clémence Seilles, Ludwig Kreutzer and Jeremy Shaw.

Keep Me Posted, Group Show

June 30, 2010 by Ellie

2nd July - 26th September 2010

Open Thursday - Sunday 11-5pm or by appointment

KEEP ME POSTED is a group show, directed and curated by Julia Royse, that launches a temporary exhibition space in a former post office in East London entitled POSTED.

POSTED will present a series of art exhibitions, performances, screenings and workshops celebrating the ‘post’ and exploring and examining our postal history and heritage.

For the first show, KEEP ME POSTED, artists – both established and emerging - have been invited to present work that reflects what the notion of post means to them – past and present. Andreas Blank presents a stone carved ‘parcel’ using a former weighing machine as a ready-made plinth; James White’s painting of a ‘scrunched up’ electricity bill is a reflection of the mundane and more unwelcome use of the postal service whereas Rachel Howard’s homage to the ‘penny black’ celebrates our postal heritage. Both Claire Brewster and Miyo Yoshida have made use of the old paraphernalia left behind by the former postmaster and have created installations that recycle and reanimate the ‘postal’ material.

The GPO (General Post Office) used to be a powerful institution in Britain with postman delivering mail up to 8 times a day. It was a highly valued and efficient service for making appointments as well as communicating the usual news and views. The GPO often commissioned leading artists and designers to produce short films and a selection of these inventive and charming works are screened in this first show. George Bernard Shaw once said, “The perfect love affair is one which is conducted entirely by post”, and while we still enjoy studying the idiosyncrasies of handwriting and style of stationery on old correspondence, we are less inclined today to communicate through letters and cards. As a way of encouraging a return to letter writing and to celebrate the joys of sending and receiving letters, a number of artists including Tracey Emin and Georgie Hopton are creating stationery sets that will be on view and available from POSTED. For the same reasons, Oliver Clegg offers a permanent ‘writing station’ complete with hand carved seat on which viewers are encouraged to sit and write and then even post their correspondence in the elegant George V pillar box that stands directly outside the space. Postage stamps will be available!

The exhibitions at POSTED will hopefully inspire people to put pen to paper again as well as reminding us of a time when communication was more personal and less generic.

Artists participating in KEEP ME POSTED include Andreas Blank, Claire Brewster, Jo Broughton, Natasha Chambers, Oliver Clegg, Julie Cockburn, Adam Dix, Itai Doron, Sean Dower, Tracey Emin, Angus Fairhurst, Vanessa Fristedt, Tom Gidley, Cate Halpin, Susie Hamilton, Georgie Hopton, Rachel Howard, Duncan MacAskill, Harland Miller, Polly Morgan, Benjamin Newton, Molly Palmer, Julia Riddiough, Jane Simpson, James White and Miyo Yoshida.

Julia Royse is currently a director of RS&A Ltd as well as an independent advisor to artists and art collectors. She was a founding director and co- curator of White Cube from 1992 – 2000.

For further information, please contact Julia Royse on +44 (0)7973 490242 or at

TV: Art is Child's Play

June 28, 2010 by Ellie

If you missed Alan Yentob's recent episode of Imagine... Art is Child's Play, which features Polly Morgan, Mat Collishaw, Tracey Emin, Paul Fryer, David Bailey and Gavin Turk talking about how their artistic practice reflects discovery, investigation and play, all of which is contextualised by the Kids Co recent auction of artists' childhood bedrooms recreated as artworks in shoeboxes, you can catch up on it on BBC iplayer.

Johhnie Shand-Kydd at The Estorick

June 28, 2010 by Ellie

Just to remind you, since there's been alot of activity on this blog since we last posted, Johnnie Shand-Kydd opens Siren City: Photographs of Naples by Johnnie Shand-Kydd at The Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, London this Wednesday. To read more on the artist and the exhibition, click here.

30th June - 12th September 2010

Mappatella beach, 2008, Silver gelatin print, 50 x 40 cm, © Johnnie Shand KyddMappatella beach, 2008, Silver gelatin print, 50 x 40 cm,  © Johnnie Shand Kydd


The Royal Institution Artists' Talk

June 28, 2010 by Ellie

On 21 June 2010, at The Royal Institution, London, artists Sarah Lucas, Andreas Reiter Raabe and Franz West discussed art, music and literature, with musical interventions by Phillip Quehenberger, followed by a private view of the ‘RA Schools Show 2010’. Below are a few images of the evening.

A Royal Academy Schools event generously supported by the David Lean Foundation





Systematic, Zabludowicz Collection

June 25, 2010 by Ellie

Damien Hirst's work, Sometimes I Avoid People, features in Systematic, a group show selected from the Zabludowicz Collection and on show from 1st July - 15th August 2010 at Project Space 176.


An exhibition of works by eight international artists who use natural and artificial systems. Each of the works constitutes a system and exploits the emergent properties, accidents or failures of that system to produce its effects. The works, selected from the Zabludowicz Collection, engage with industrial, found and raw materials, as well as sound, data and computers. The glitches and idiosyncrasies of software, the ecosystems that develop around organic materials, and the vagaries of machinery can be seen as evidence of new forms of organisation and self-organisation that often transcend the artist’s specific intentions. The artists uncover a world of unpredictable and surprising properties, and foreground the accidental features of their chosen materials.

Systematic is accompanied by a series of live events and a publication designed by young design group The Entente, which features contributions from the artists in the exhibition.

The works in the show are all drawn from the Zabludowicz Collection, one of the foremost collections of contemporary art in the UK. Affordable limited edition artworks produced by artists from the exhibition including Justin Beal, Sean Dack, Charles Sandison and Haroon Mirza (with Dave Mclean) are available for purchase exclusively from the gallery.

For more information, click here.

Damien Hirst Sometimes I Avoid People, 1991 Glass, steel and medical equipment.
Courtesy of the artist and Zabludowicz CollectionDamien Hirst Sometimes I Avoid People, 1991 Glass, steel and medical equipment. Courtesy of the artist and Zabludowicz Collection

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