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Photos: Other Criteria at Art Southampton 2016

July 11, 2016 by Mary

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Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick

July 5, 2016 by Mary

A new exhibition, curated by Mo’Wax and UNKLE founder, artist and musician James Lavelle, featuring a host of contemporary artists, film makers and musicians showcasing works inspired by Stanley Kubrick.

Contributors include:

Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin / Carl Craig / Charlotte Colbert / Chris Levine / Christiane Kubrick / David Nicholson / Dexter Navy / Doug Foster / Doug Aitken / Futura / Gavin Turk /  Harland Miller / Haroon Mirza & Anish Kapoor / Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard / Invader / Jamie Shovlin / Jane & Louise Wilson / Jason Shulman / Jocelyn Pook / John Isaacs & James Lavelle with Azzi Glasser / Jonas Burgert / Joseph Kosuth / Julian Rosefeldt / Keaton Henson / Koen Vanmechelen / Marc Quinn / Mark Karasick / Mat Chivers / Mat Collishaw / Max Richter / Michael Nyman / Mick Jones / Nancy Fouts / Nathan Coley / Norbert Schoerner / Paul Fryer / Paul Insect / Peter Kennard / Philip Castle / Philip Shepherd / Pink Twins / Polly MorganRachel Howard / Rut Blees Luxemburg / Samantha Morton & Douglas Hart / Sarah Lucas / Seamus Farrell / Stuart Haygarth / Thomas Bangalter / Toby Dye / Warren du Preez & Nick Thornton Jones

Participating artists have been invited to respond to a film, scene, character or theme from the Kubrick archives, shining new perspectives onto the cinematic master’s lifework. James Lavelle is collaborating with contemporary musicians and composers to produce a soundtrack to some installations creating a multi-disciplinary experience for the visitor.

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Rachel Howard, Darkness and Light, 2015
Oil on canvas, 84 x 84”

Pioneering conceptual artist Joseph Kosuth will create an installation of text from Kubrick's films based on the language of Kubrick's work, while Britain's foremost political artist Peter Kennard will juxtapose images of characters set in the War Room of Dr Strangelove with present day leaders of nuclear states, in a statement about the renewal of Trident. Inspired by the Stargate sequence in 2001: A Space Odyssey, film maker Doug Foster will invite visitors to experience an endless, widescreen tunnel and referencing the same film, Mat Collishaw will make a spaceman’s helmet featuring otherworldly sights and sounds.

Doug Aitken will provide ‘Twilight’, a public pay phone bathed in a luminous glow, which will be reminiscent of the Dr Strangelove scene where Mandrake attempts to make a collect call to the President of the United States. Sarah Lucas will lend ‘Priapus’, a phallic sculpture suggestive of the iconic murder weapon in A Clockwork Orange.

The exhibition is supported by artist Christiane Kubrick, the director’s wife of 41 years, who will be exhibiting a painting and Jan Harlan, Kubrick’s Executive Producer for 28 years. It is additionally endorsed by Warner Bros. Pictures, who collaborated with Kubrick on all his films since 1971.

The exhibition is co-curated by James Putnam who was formerly founder curator of the British Museum's Contemporary Arts and Cultures Programme and is currently Senior Research Fellow Exhibitions at University of the Arts, London (UAL) where the Stanley Kubrick archive is housed.

Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
6 July – 24 August 2016

Perspectives: Michael Joo at the Sackler Gallery

July 1, 2016 by Mary

An installation by Korean American artist Michael Joo (b. 1966, Ithaca, N.Y.) will be exhibited in the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Pavilion this year as part of the museum’s “Perspectives” contemporary art series. “Perspectives: Michael Joo,” on view July 2, 2016–July 9, 2017, will explore the migration patterns of Korean red-crowned cranes. The monumental installation consists of a canvas—nearly 13 feet tall and 10 feet wide—and a hanging sculpture.

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The subject of these two new artworks, created specifically for the Sackler, are endangered red-crowned cranes, which are significant in Korean culture. The cranes freely migrate through the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)—a pristine ecosystem of 160 miles of unoccupied territory between North and South Korea. Joo employs a combination of painting, sculpture, photography, digital scanning, printmaking and crane specimens in his investigation of the birds’ movements.

“As a sculptor I have been preoccupied with spaces and the time it takes for us to move through them, how the things we bring to them—from ourselves, to our objects, to our intentions and perceptions of them—can expand, how we locate ourselves in the present,” Joo said.

In the large canvas installation, Joo uses a silver-nitrate method common in his work. The piece is silvered using a chemical process derived from early photographic techniques. He uses three-dimensional ornithological scans from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, where he participated in a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship residency in 2012. The abstraction is a mirrored image of two collected crane carcasses, representing both their organic form and the geometric form of their storage container.

The sculpture portion of the installation consists of brass rods suspended from the Sackler Pavilion ceiling. The sculpture’s linear patterns outline the satellite-tracked migration patterns of the red-crowned cranes across Korea and the DMZ. Each rod is dependent on the other for balance, and their lines represent freedom and the inescapability of instinct.

During the year that this installation is on view, the natural light from the windows will interact with the silvered canvas and the sculpture’s lines. As natural light hits them, their appearance will change depending on the time of day and time of year.

"Perspectives"
July 2, 2016 – July 9, 2017
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Ave SW, PO Box 37012, MRC 707
Washington, DC 20013-7012

Other Criteria at Art Southampton 2016

June 29, 2016 by Mary

Art Southampton, the season’s most acclaimed contemporary and modern art fair in the US, will celebrate its fifth instalment on the grounds of Nova's Ark Project (60 Millstone Road, Bridgehampton, NY) beginning July 7th and continuing through the 11th. Presented by Art Miami, this edition of the annual fair will feature over 70 prominent international galleries and showcase tens of millions of dollars’ worth of the finest museum quality art, sculpture, and photography from the 20th and 21st centuries.

Art Southampton is the most important destination for acquiring the finest investment quality works of contemporary and modern art along with design. The fair quickly has become the ‘can’t miss’ event of the summer for all serious collectors, museum professionals, curators, interior designers and art enthusiasts to acquire works from more than 60 leading international galleries.

The fair’s unique ambience and design is unrivalled by any other art fair in the Hamptons. The elegant, air conditioned Pavilion will showcase emergent, cutting edge and modern works, along with a focus on design, paintings, photography, prints, drawings, video art, sculpture, and indoor and outdoor curated projects of the highest quality. 

Other Criteria are pleased to ring in this year's edition of Art Southampton with new work from Harland Miller and Damien Hirst, as well as our largest print to date with Germany's 51stVenice Biennale representative, Thomas Scheibitz. Additionally we will also be featuring Damien Hirst's most recent collaboration with French crystal connoisseurs Lalique, and Murano glassware by Paola Petrobelli.

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Art Southampton Pavilion at Nova’s Ark Project
60 Millstone Road, Bridgehampton, NY 11976
Within the town of Southampton 

Preview: July 7th, 6pm–10pm
Fair: July 8th–9th, 12am–7pm & 10th–11th, 12am–6pm

Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair 2016

June 10, 2016 by Mary

Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair returns to London on 12th June. The iconic event that sees the art world let its hair down returns to the Truman Brewery on Brick Lane for one day only. This year’s theme is ‘The Hand’, and promises a hand-selected line-up of established and up-and-coming artists who will be personally pitching up and selling their original, exclusive artworks out of the back of new and vintage Vauxhall cars.

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The event will also honour the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations in its own irreverent style, bringing a street party vibe to this mini festival in a carpark with artfully-made finger food, quirky circus acts, magic tricks, and special exhibits from artists such as Christian Furr, the youngest ever artist commissioned to officially paint Queen Elizabeth II.

Offering an amazing selection of artworks and wares amidst all the fun and frivolity, this exuberant art event invites famous artists to make special works to be sold from the back of Vauxhall cars. With a line-up including Sir Peter BlakeTracey Emin & Emin International, Gavin Turk, Polly MorganRachel HowardMarcus Harvey & Turps Banana, True Rocks, Boo Saville, Coriander Studio and Mat Collishaw amongst many more, it’s an un-missable Sunday for art aficionados and fun seekers alike.

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Rachel Howard, Can't Breathe Without You
Edition of 100
Screen print on paper, 56 cm X 41 cm
Art car boot fair special price £75

Expect a whimsical afternoon packed with serious art bargains, exclusive works, special editions at very special prices, and vintage Vauxhall cars turned into unique installations. Plus a frenzy of fabulous hands-on entertainment, sleights of hand, glove puppetry, handbag slinging, hand-printing, exotic finger food, hand-pushed trolley bars from Artist Behind Bars with hand-pulled pints and hand-shaken martinis, and plenty more!

Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair, Sunday 12th June from 12–6pm
Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London E1 6QL

Entry is £5. Visit artcarbootfair.com for more information

Rachel Howard in Animal Farm – Beastly Muses and Metaphors at Sotheby's

June 8, 2016 by Mary

Sotheby’s Contemporary art gallery "S|2" present Animal Farm: Beastly Muses and Metaphors, an exhibition that explores the multifaceted relationship between man and animal. From the beginning of recorded human history animals have been embedded in man’s psyche, represented in literature, music, religion and astrology. Through artistic expression in particular, animals often serve as metaphors for our own intrinsic human characteristics.

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Rachel Howard, Rutting Shed, 2013
Oil on canvas

With such a primordial connection, it is unsurprising that some of the greatest artists of modern times have used animals as their muses, often, returning time and time again to the same creatures, in an almost compulsive study. As is the case with many of the artists in Animal Farm: Beastly Muses and Metaphors, the animals of their attention ultimately act as metaphors for their deeper artistic explorations: mortality, memory, identity, religion and the human body.

The exhibition is curated by Susanne van Hagen. 

S|2, 31 St. George Street, London W1S 2FJ
9 June – 22 July, 2016

Artists with Liberty: Save Our Human Rights Act

May 31, 2016 by Mary

Inspired by Liberty and our campaign work, Artists with Liberty: Save Our Human Rights Act has been created by a group of leading artists who believe, like we do, that human rights and civil liberties should be protected. Their work reflects the capacity art has to engage and inform on complex issues with power and beauty. We hope they inspire you to celebrate and defend your rights.

The collection features work from: David Birkin, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Mat Collishaw, Ruth Ewan, Rachel HowardHarland Miller, Bob and Roberta Smith, Mark Titchner, Mark Wallinger and Sue Webster.

Among others, the following special prints created for Liberty will be on display for three days only at the Paul Stolper Gallery in London, from Thursday 2 June - Saturday 4 June, 2016.

- David Birkin: The Shadow of a Doubt

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David Birkin, The Shadow of a Doubt
Archival pigment print 330gsm Somerset Satin Enhanced 58.42 x 43.18 cm / (23 x 17 in)
Edition of 25 

In 2014, David Birkin staged a pair of public performances in response to the US and UK governments' deployment of drones for the purposes of targeted assassination. The first entailed skywriting the words 'EXISTENCE OR NONEXISTENCE' above New York on Memorial Day weekend. The second, on Veterans Day -- at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month -- saw a plane circle the Statue of Liberty's torch towing a banner which read 'THE SHADOW OF A DOUBT'. These interventions were prompted by a letter that the CIA sent the American Civil Liberties Union rejecting their Freedom of Information Act request for documents relating to its classified programme. The letter states that the agency can 'neither confirm nor deny the existence or nonexistence' of any records responsive to the request. Following the performances, people from across the city posted images to social media, including tweets from the ACLU and the actor and political activist Stephen Fry to his 12 million followers. Then, about a week after the skywriting, in what seemed an unlikely coincidence, the CIA officially joined Twitter with its maiden message: 'We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet.'

- Sue Webster: A Brush with Genius

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Sue Webster, A Brush with Genius
Lithograph 300gsm Somerset Velvet 58.42 x 43.18 cm / (23 x 17 in)
Edition of 25 

‘I executed this self-portrait spontaneously whilst blindfolded in a game of consequences with myself, I had no idea what I was doing and found it totally liberating to be that free.’

- Rachel Howard: Ali Shallal al-Qaisi

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Rachel Howard, Ali shallal al-Qaisi
Archival pigment print with screen print varnish 330gsm Somerset Satin Enhanced 58.42 x 43.18 cm / (23 x 17 in)
Edition of 25 

Ali Shallal al-Qaisi - The man in the most famous image from the 2003 torture and prisoner abuse scandal at the notorious Abu Ghraib Prison. Although the image is world famous his name is not. Ali Shallal al-Qaisi.

- Mat Collishaw: Mayday

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Mat Collishaw, Mayday
Archival pigment print and relief print 300gsm Somerset satin Enhanced 43.18 x 58.42 cm / (17 x 23 in)
Edition of 25 

Liberty leading the people through the black mask of a Dutch still life flower painting - the revolutionaries and their liveries appearing where the flowers once flourished.

- Harland Miller: Who Cares Wins

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Harland Miller, Who Cares Wins
Lithograph 300gsm Somerset Velvet 58.42 x 43.18 cm / (23 x 17 in)
Edition of 25 

'Liberty does great work and I'm pleased to be able to support them with my own work. "Who Cares Wins" carries a fairly appropriate message. The title fits with the ethos and the aims of Liberty.'

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