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The Shape We're In (Camden)

February 28, 2011 by Kay

The Shape We’re In (Camden) 29 January – 14 March 2011

The Zabludowicz Collection is delighted to present The Shape We’re In, a series of three exhibitions focussing on recent sculpture and installation by 22 emerging and established contemporary artists, including some of the most original artists making work today. Ten artists have been commissioned by the Zabludowicz Collection to make new works for The Shape We’re In, taking into account the unusual structure and unique opportunities offered by this tripartite transatlantic exhibition.

The Shape We’re In brings together over 100 sculptural works made over the past five years, many of which express a strong spirit of socio-political critique. The exhibition takes on a manifold structure, occupying various sites across two major art world hub cities. It reclaims spaces which have been left vacant by the recent economic downturn, such as vacant shops in Camden, London and an empty floor in a New York skyscraper. The exhibition’s title also plays on a commonplace attitude of self-conscious analysis and improvement inherited from the self-help movement, picked up on by many of the works which reference the media and popular culture.

Dan Attoe, We Have Simple Thoughts (2008)
& You Have More Freedom Than You're Using (2008)

Taking place across three idiosyncratic locations: the former Methodist chapel at 176 Prince of Wales Road, London, home to the Zabludowicz Collection; a number of vacant shops in the London Borough of Camden; and the 33rd floor of a skyscraper on New York’s Times Square, The Shape We’re In encourages the public to engage with works in new and informal ways. The three shows also emphasise the Collection’s ongoing dedication to context-specificity. Each will engage with local contexts and communities, responding to each exhibition site through a tailored programme of public events.

Several artists are included in more than one iteration of the The Shape We’re In: Jack Strange’s painterly installation, Special Effects, a work which involves the direct application of the artist’s blood onto shopfront windows, will feature in a vacant shop in Camden and at 176 Prince of Wales Road, while Ethan Breckenridge and Sean Dack will exhibit two versions of the same sculptural installation in London and New York.

Jack Strange, Special Effects (2009)

The Shape We’re In (London) will feature new work by emerging artists including Rachael Champion, Samantha Donnelly, Peggy Franck, George Young and Jack Strange, alongside existing works from the Collection. These artists have been invited to realise new installations during a short residency of one month leading up to the exhibition. By facilitating this kind of open-ended process, the Zabludowicz Collection encourages emerging artists to develop their practice for public exhibition. The Shape We’re In (London) includes work by Martin Boyce, Ethan Breckenridge and Sean Dack, Rachael Champion, Matthew Darbyshire, Matthew Day Jackson, Nicolas Deshayes, Samantha Donnelly, Sean Edwards, Peggy Franck, Ryan Gander, Fergal Stapleton, Haim Steinbach, Jack Strange, Gary Webb, Nicole Wermers, Franz West and George Young.

The Shape We’re In (Camden) presents Jacks Strange’s blood installation and neon sculptures by Dan Attoe and Tracey Emin in vacant shops around the local area. A Camden Council-led initiative currently encourages the occupation of unused properties in the borough, to act as a revitalising presence in economically depressed areas of the city. These works can be seen between 10am and 10pm daily, and to particularly striking effect in the evening.

Tracey Emin, I Kiss You (2004)

The Shape We’re In (New York) features five artists who use sculptural practice to examine social interactions within man-made environments. Each artist has been invited to respond to a vacant space on the 33rd floor of 1500 Broadway, at the ‘picture postcard’ heart of New York City. Artists Sarah Braman and Nick van Woert will present new work alongside some of their existing work from the Zabludowicz Collection. Ethan Breckenridge and Sean Dack will exhibit a version of a work first seen at The Suburban in Illinois: a sculptural and audio installation which includes the visitor as an active participant, a version of which will also be installed in London. The Shape We're In (New York) includes work by Sarah Braman, Ethan Breckenridge, Sean Dack, Matthew Darbyshire and Nick van Woert.

The various context-specific manifestations of The Shape We’re Indemonstrate the Zabludowicz Collection’s international vision and its commitment to supporting younger artists through new commissions as well as presenting them in relation to works by more established contemporary artists.

The Shape We’re In is curated by Elizabeth Neilson and Ellen Mara De Wachter. It is accompanied by a publication with contributions from 25 writers, and designed by Sarah Boris. Limited edition artworks by artists in the show including Ethan Breckenridge, Sean Dack, Jack Strange and Nicole Wermers are available from the Zabludowicz Collection and online shop.

Visitor Information:

28 January – 14 March Works visible 10am-10pm

46 Malden Road, NW5: Tracey Emin

56-58 Leather Lane, EC1: Dan Attoe, Jack Strange

Live performances from Shunt at ICA

February 25, 2011 by Kay

ICA Live Weekend: Shunt - 23 to 27 February 2011

The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) is to collaborate with the curators of the Shunt Collective to present a weekend of live performances and interventions that will animate the spaces of the ICA’s ground floor in unexpected ways from 23 to 27 February 2011.

This is the first time that the Shunt Collective have presented their work within a major public institution. Throughout the weekend, the ICA will become a workshop for new performance by a diverse group of artists – from improvised to designed, one-to-one performances to spectacles, interactive to hermetic – including film, music, talks, theatre, puppetry, and installation.

Shunt is a collective of artists creating large-scale performance events in unusual, abandoned or derelict buildings throughout London. Their regular home, until building work on The Shard forced them to move last June, was the sprawling labyrinth of railway arches under London Bridge Station – Shunt Vaults. There they forged a reputation for exploring the relationship between viewer and artist, often performing without a stage and among the audience. The Shunt curators will build on that experience as they join forces with the ICA.

Artists and companies invited to participate in the ICA’s Shunt Live Weekend are Little Bulb, Kazuko Hokhi and Frank Chickens, Action Hero, Melanie Wilson, Mamoru Iriguchi, and a host of others, including artists from the Shunt Collective.

For more information and to see the action packed programme, visit the ICA website.

ART FAIR: Other Criteria at the Armory 2011

February 24, 2011 by Kay

Come join Other Criteria at The Armory Show 2011 in New York between 3rd - 6th March. We'll be at stand 540.

For more information visit The Armory Show website.


Armed Forces : Louise Bourgeois | Alex van Gelder

February 23, 2011 by Georgia

Louise Bourgeois's hands are the subjects of portraits taken by Dutch artist Alex Van Gelder. At Bourgeois's invitation, Van Gelder photographed her at her New York townhouse during the last year of her life. The resulting portfolio of eighteen photographic prints, which are stunning, fascinating and humbling, will be on display at Hauser & Wirth, Zürich until 14 May 2011.

Hauser & Wirth

Albisriederstrasse 199a, Zürich

12 February – 14 May 2011

PHOTOS: Out of Print Book Series launch

February 22, 2011 by Kay

Thanks to all who attended our Out of Print Book Series launch last week. Here are some photographs of the night.

The artists involved in this collectible series include Damien Hirst, Itai Doron, Michael Joo, Sue Webster, Rachel Howard, John Isaacs, Josh Cheuse and Olivier Garbay.

See the full collection of Out of Print books here.

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Rachel Howard with The Death Notebooks by Anne Sexton

John Isaacs with Shrimpy, A Record Round-the-World Voyage in an 18 Foot Yacht by Shane Acton

Itai Doron with SuperStud – William Rotsler

Olivier Garbay with The Raven / Le Corbeau by Edgar Allan Poe

Ryan Gander at Whitechapel Gallery

February 21, 2011 by Kay

Thursday 24 February, 7pm

Artist Ryan Ganderstages Loose Associations X, the latest version of the artist’s touring lecture first devised in 2001 at the Whitechapel Gallery.

Tickets are £7 each, to buy tickets, click here.

Sally Potter's portraits from the film set of RAGE

February 18, 2011 by Kay

An Exhibition of Photographs by Sally Potter

John Jones, London

24th February - 7th April 2011

The renowned film director, Sally Potter will present a series of photographic portraits taken on the set of her film RAGE using a cellphone camera. A selection of these portraits was first shown in 2010 in New York to coincide with MOMA's retrospective of Sally's film and video work, which includes the Oscar-nominated ORLANDO, THE TANGO LESSON and YES. Her most recent film, RAGE was the first feature to premiere on mobile phones.

The exhibition at John Jones includes portraits of Judi Dench, Jude Law, Eddie Izzard and Lily Cole, as well as New York actors Steve Buscemi, Dianne Wiest and Bob Balaban. There is also a special event that Sally is doing for London's Serpentine Gallery on February 20th as part of their Serpentine Cinema programme.

The exhibition runs from 24th February until 7th April and is open 9.30am - 5pm weekdays, 10am - 3pm Saturdays.

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