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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...

Adam Dix Studio Visit

May 14, 2015 by Ishah

Artist Adam Dix currently lives and works in London. After completing an MA in Fine Art at Wimbledon College of Art in 2009, the artist has exhibited extensively internationally since working with UK galleries and institutions such as Christies, Haunch of Venison, Sumaria Lunn, Charlie Smith Gallery and internationally in Munich, Dubai, Anthens and Paris. Dix was recently featured in '100 painters of Tomorrow' , Thames & Hudson, 2014 and was shortlisted for the Caitlin Guide.

Adam Dix's moodboard in his Studio

Adam Dix's paintings explore and highlight our need to communicate with others in a constant state of connectivity with systems we have constructed to do so. Not only does he convey this strongly Dix's work also explores the notion that techno-logical devices will or have already started to become a new form of ritual, religion and tradition, highlighting how these instruments interrupt and influence our command of the world around us.

Dix uses a palette of muted tones within his paintings, reflecting a similar quality to those photographic images used to support nationalism during the Cold War period conveyed as a time of historical optimism. Dix explains the methods and ideas behind his work, 'The original source for inspiration was to appropriate characteristics of litho-graphic printing from printed material of the 1950 Cold War period. The idea being that by emulating the nuances of print within my painting process this would refer to a ‘spike’ in history where there had been a huge techno-logical advance in communication, that would subsequently imply a historical timeline to the origins of devices used today'. Through combining these genres, Dix acknowledges the focused response of the subject’s relationship to the ‘Icon of infotainment'.

Receive Thy Message by Adam Dix

This has led to the production of work that invites the viewer to engage in a secular celebration. A festival of communication, presided over by a Shamanic custodian that acts as a conduit between audience and transmission device, where the phone mast and satellite dish take on the character of ‘Totem’ and the audience depicted represent a circulation of connectivity.

On Saturday the 16th of May 2015 at 3 pm Adam Dix will be opening his studio doors to the public. Please note that there is limited capacity for this event and RSVP to catherine@loewecontemporary.com to register and receive full details. 

Britain's foremost contemporary artist Sarah Lucas takes on Venice

May 6, 2015 by Ishah

Sarah Lucas has been selected by the British Council to represent Britain at the 56th Venice International Art Biennale. Lucas will present a major solo show in the British Pavilion running from 9 May to 22 November 2015. Sarah Lucas will be following artists such as Jeremy Deller, Steve McQueen, Tracey Emin, Gilbert & George and Anish Kapoor, who have all filled the British Pavilion at the prestigious event.


Sarah Lucas, Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ. Photo: Julian Simmons

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.”

‘Florian’ by Sarah Lucas, Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London 2013

Statistics show that Lucas' work makes impressive returns on investments (herwork is up 187% since 1999). Auctions of her work have great sell-through rates over the last few years, including a rate of 87% in 2013. The same year saw the artist's highest auction record of $470,141 for a single work sold at Christie's London, and Lucas' average sale price reached $61,520. With the forthcoming interest generated by the Venice Biennale (May 9th - November 11th), more growth in the coming years wouldn't be surprising.

‘LOVE IS A BIRD LOVE IS A BURDEN’ by Sarah Lucas & Olivier Garbay

Sarah Lucas has collaborated with various artists such as Tracey Emin, William Corwin and Olivier Garbay. Lucas and Garbay created - The Mug, a book that explores both artists working methods. Designed in the style of an alphabetised address book, it catalogues their thoughts and ideas, mixing free-form Anglo-Gallic poetry with various artistic experiments, dabbling in dirt, dominoes, and drinking. 

In addition to The Mug, Sarah Lucas have collaborated to create a freestanding resin sculpture moulded from the plaster cast of their entwined hands and forearms: LOVE IS A BIRD LOVE IS A BUREN. Whether battling or embracing, their arms are a metaphor for the unification and struggle often experienced in love, and physically manifest some of the ideas recorded in their book.

 A cool and elegant work, the resin sculpture stands upright on its elbows, but can be turned to sit on alternative edges. Its surface has a slightly grainy texture, true to the suggestion of human skin and wrinkles. The resin is tinted evenly with Pantone-matched colour, but where the thickness of the sculpture varies, so too does the light passing through it, giving the colours a variation in intensity. The broader forearms carry a denser colour than the fingertips, which have a delicate luminosity.


Sarah Lucas and Olivier Garbay at The Mug launch, Other Criteria London, February 2009

MTV:REDEFINE honours Michael Craig-Martin

April 10, 2015 by Ishah

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. 

Tracey Emin's 'My Bed' returns to Tate Britain

March 30, 2015 by Ishah

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.

    Damien Hirst's 'New Religion' at The Lightbox

    March 27, 2015 by Ishah

    '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.

    Drawing Biennial 2015

    February 27, 2015 by Ishah

    The Drawing Biennial 2015 will feature 200 recent works of art on paper by emerging and renowned artists such as, Rachel Howard, Tracey Emin, and Gary Hume. They are among a vast selection of incredible artists to feature at this year’s Drawing Biennial, held at the Drawing Rooms gallery in London on the 5th of March until the 30th of April 2015.

    All of the artists have been picked by Drawing Room director's Kate Macfarlane and Mary Doyle, and additional nominations by leading international artists, directors, curators and collectors. Each artist will make an original drawing on paper with a medium of their choice. Rachel Howard will be showing an oil on paper work, 'The Cleft' (below).

    In the final two weeks of the exhibition the Drawing Biennial with culminate into an auction with all works available to bid for on the Drawing Rooms website. This is an excellent opportunity for new and established collectors to acquire unique works on paper. All sales which have been donated by all participating artists will raise funds to support Drawing Room's programme for the next two years. 


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