Danny Moynihan's film Boogie Woogie, which is set in and satirises the London art scene, is due to be released on April 16th.
Damien Hirst acted as artistic adviser on the film, which includes several of his works, including one Spin painting. Watch the trailer below.
The final exhibition from the British Council Collection at the Whitechapel Gallery focuses on art made in response to conflict and war. Entitled Fall Out, it has been selected by Theodor Ringborg (26) from Stockholm, Sweden, who was the winner of the British Council’s international competition to find 'The Fifth Curator'.
The four previous exhibitions drawn from the British Council Collection have been curated by well-known figures in the art world: Michael Craig-Martin; Tim Marlow; Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane; and Paula Rego. Each has taken a completely individual stance: Michael Craig-Martin focusing on ‘great early buys’; Tim Marlow on sculpture’s gradual dematerialisation from the mid 1960s to today; Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane on the look and feel of Britain’s urban landscape; Paula Rego on the narrative thread that runs throughout British art in the 20th century.
To select the fifth and final display, the British Council, in partnership with the Whitechapel Gallery, initiated an international competition to find a young curator living outside Britain. The aim of the competition was to give aspiring curators an opportunity to work with one of the most significant collections of British art in the UK. Six candidates were shortlisted (from Egypt, Israel, South Africa, Japan, India and Sweden), and each spent a week in London working with the Whitechapel and the British Council to develop their ideas. Following a day-long presentation of the finalist’s proposals to a jury of leading art world figures, Theodor Ringborg was selected as the winner.
Fall Out spans 90 years of artistic engagement with the war and conflict, from Paul Nash’s energetic lithographs (1918) produced from his sketches of the front line at Ypres, to Mat Collishaw’s Deliverance Daguerreotype’s (2008) inspired by reportage images from the 2004 school siege in Beslan, Russia.
Theodor Ringborg said of his choice of works:
From the perspective of Sweden, a neutral country for 200 years, it is striking how much of everyday life in Britain is populated by references to conflict and war; from museums to public memorials. This is substantially reflected in the British Council Collection, where you can see a powerful tradition of ‘war art’, developing from the early 20th Century through to the present day.
Paintings, drawings and photographs by George Rodgers, Henry Moore, Albert Richards and Rodrigo Moynihan depict the realities of the Second World War seen from close quarters; the 'Geometry of Fear' sculptures by Kenneth Armitage and Reg Butler express the anxiety and uncertainty of the aftermath and the works of Paul Seawright, Michael Sandle and Lea Andrews address the subject of remembrance and memorial.
Also on display are works by Mona Hatoum, Colin Self, Tim Head, Rita Donagh and Simon Norfolk, which offer contemporary engagements with conflict as artistic reportage, protest and a climate of fear that dominates popular and media culture.
Fall Out: War and Conflict in the British Council Collection will be on display from 26 March to 30 May 2010 at the Whitechapel Gallery.
Thank you to the Goss-Michael Foundation and Nasher Sculpture Center for these wonderful videos of Michael Craig-Martin and Jeremy Strick, Director of the NSC, in discussion on February 6th.
By way of a reminder, the exhibition at the Goss-Michael Foundation runs until April 30th.
Thank you to everyone who came to our much anticipated and hotly attended launch of Fiona Banner's book, Performance Nude last night at Claire de Rouen Books. The launch was accompanied and celebrated by a live performance in which Fiona painted a verbal description of a male nude over a half hour period. We hope you enjoy our images from the night.
Don't forget our launch for Fiona Banner's Performance Nude tonight!
6pm - 8pm with a live performance at 6.30pm
121 Charing Cross Road
New York just can't get enough of Fred Tomaselli. Not only is the American artist currently exhibiting in two shows in the US state, he is also taking part in The American Federation of Arts lecture series ArtTalks at Christie’s in the Rockefeller Plaza. His lecture closes the series on 13th April 2010, which will then be followed by a Q&A session and reception. Reservations are essential, so get your tickets now here.
Tomaselli's other current events include group show With or Without Permission: Appropriation, Assemblage, and Collage at the Philoctetes Center on until 17th April 2010. This show exhibits Tomaselli's work alongside Eric Edelman, Maureen Mullarkey, Mac Premo, Anne Sherwood Pundyk and Jonathan Talbot. The Philoctetes Center says the show "explores the art of collecting, sorting, and arranging the ephemera and detritus of life to connect the imaginative and the real."
There is also a solo exhibition of Fred Tomaselli at the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, until 6th June 2010. After the Tang, Tomaselli's work will be on view at New York’s Brooklyn Museum from October 8, 2010–January 2, 2011.
Now there's no excuse to miss him.
Fred Tomaselli , Avian Flower Serpent