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Modern British Sculpture at the RA

March 30, 2011 by Kay

Don't miss the Royal Academy of Arts exhibition Modern British Sculpture which ends Thursday 7th April 2011. The exhibition including artists Julian Opie, Henry Moore and Damien Hirst.

To read more about the exhibition, read our previous blog entry or visit the Royal Academy website.

'Fraternise - The Salon' at Beaconsfield

March 28, 2011 by Kay

Fraternise – the Salon

Beaconsfield

2 April – 29 May 2011

Edwina fitz Patrick, Flights of Fancy, 2007, paper, cork pads, pins, image courtesy the artist

Fraternise – the Salon gathers a cohort of artists in a curated, fundraising exhibition, to support the future existence of Beaconsfield – the pioneering, non-profit organisation that has provided a laboratory and presentation space for artists since 1995.

Fraternise – the Salon is co-curated by the charity’s artist-trustees, Rachel Howard, Judith Dean and artist-directors A. David Crawforth and Naomi Siderfin.

Adam Dix, The Prophet of Zoom, 2010, Ink and oil on paper, 63 x 53 cms (unframed), image courtesy the artist

Artists involved include: Franko B, David Birkin, John Burgess, Tony Carter, Tamsyn Challenger, Adam Dix, Richard Elliot, Robert Ellis, Tracey Emin, Rebecca Fortnum, Eloise Fornieles, Stephen Fowler, Paul Fryer, Rachel Garfield, Lucy Gunning, Matt Hale, Damien Hirst, Rachel Howard, Sarah Jones, Simon Lawson, Sarah Lucas and Olivier Garbay, Maria Marshall, Ross McNicol, David Mollin, Paul Noble,  Tom Ormond, Lily Paine, Tom Paine, Tamsin Pender, Boo Saville, Bob and Roberta Smith, Jessica Voorsanger, Amelia Whitelaw, Erika Winstone and many more.

To see the full list of artists involved, visit Beaconsfield website.

Damien Hirst, Big Love (Unique Proof), 2010, Silkscreen on paper, 61.97 x 60.31 in (1574 x 1532 mm), DHP 14091 Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates (c) Damien Hirst and Hirst Holdings Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2011

Beaconsfield is an artist-led entity that specialises in encouraging artists to pursue projects of ambition and to experiment without commercial pressure. The Salon brings together collaborators, patrons and protégés who have worked with Beaconsfield or who support its role in the artists’ community.

The Salon offers a rare opportunity to view a diverse range of contemporary works (many artists exhibiting together for the first time) and to start or expand a collection. Sales will benefit both participating artists and Beaconsfield.

Eloise Fornieles, Wanderlust III, 2010, Rocking horse, balloons, cord, rowing machine Photography by Lynne Fornieles Image courtesy the artist

Further information:

Beaconsfield, 22 Newport Street, London SE11 6AY +44 (0) 20 7582 6465

info@beaconsfield.ltd.uk

www.beaconsfield.ltd.uk

Last chance: Anthony McCall | Vertical Works by Sprüth Magers at Ambika P3

March 25, 2011 by Georgia

This weekend offers a last chance to see four extraordinary light installations by Anthony McCall, on view at a 14,000 square foot subterranean exhibition space in central London, called Ambika P3. Known for his groundbreaking work which occupies a space between sculpture, cinema and drawing, McCall began working with light when he moved from Britain to New York in the early 1970's. Challenging the concept of cinema projections, the aim of McCall's light installations is partially to deconstruct cinema and bring it back to its most basic form (the projection of light), and partially to expand the idea of cinema by creating a three-dimensional, sculptural space.

Anthony McCall Installation of vertical works at Ambika P3, London, 2011 Courtesy the Artist and Sprüth Magers Berlin London Photo: Stephen White[

The four works on show at Ambika P3 were all made over the last six years. You and I (2005-11), Breath III (2005), Skirt (1) (2010) and Meeting You Halfway (2009) are here installed a few feet apart in a straight line. The source of light is attached to the ceiling, shining light through differently shaped gaps onto the floor. In between floor and ceiling, four 10-metre tall, conical tents of light are formed, each with a base of about 4 metres. The projected line drawings on the floor, which constantly change shape as the lights move are quite literally, the footprints of the work.

Anthony McCall Installation of vertical works at Ambika P3, London, 2011 Courtesy the Artist and Sprüth Magers Berlin London Photo: Stephen White

Visitors seem most intrigued by the walls of light that are created on the outsides of the conical tents. As steam is gently blown into the room, the walls of light become more visible, with cloud-like patterns of steam moving slowly up and down the walls. Standing in the middle of one of the works looking upwards enables you to look inside a kaleidoscopic tunnel, slowly but constantly changing its shape and form. Observing these works, one can understand why McCall was awarded with the commission to produce a work for the upcoming Cultural Olympiad. In 2012 a spinning column of cloud will rise from Wiral Waters in Merseyside - across the water from Liverpool's landmark liver Building - and be visible across the North West region throughout the Olympic year. If this current exhibition is anything to go by, it will be epic.

Sprüth and Magers at Ambika P3
35-100 Marylebone Road
London NW1 5LS
Opening hours (last days)
Saturday and Sunday 12pm - 6pm

The Death of God book & t-shirt for £40 (RRP £73)

March 24, 2011 by Kay

Save £33 off the RRP of our Damien Hirst book and t-shirt from the The Death of God collection.

Click here to buy this deal.

Artists for Kettles Yard

March 23, 2011 by Kay

19 March - 8 May 2011

Works for sale in aid of the Kettle's Yard Development Appeal

Most of the work in this exhibition will be for sale at Kettle's Yard. There is no VAT and many works are at discounted prices. The price list will be available on this web site once the exhibition has opened and the catalogue can be downloaded as a pdf.

As well as the education wing, the development will bring a new project gallery, an extended art library, proper collection storage and a cafe. So far over £2 million has been raised. To find out more about the proposed development please go to the development pages of our web site.

Artists include: Anni Albers, Josef Albers, Helena Almeida, Eugene Atget, Claire Barclay, Phyllida Barlow, Regine Bartsch, Karla Black, John Blackburn, Michael Brick, Jeffrey Camp, Anthony Caro, Tony Carter, Stephen Chambers, Michelle Charles, Prunella Clough, Paul Coldwell, Stephen Cox, Michael Craig-Martin, Natasha Daintry, Francis Davison, Jane Dixon, Ken Draper, Jennifer Durrant, Vanessa Gardiner, Eric Gill, John Golding, Antony Gormley, Kip Gresham, Maggi Hambling, Jon Harris, Mona Hatoum, Claude Heath, Barbara Hepworth, Jason Hicklin, Nicola Hicks, Damien Hirst, David Hockney, John Hubbard, James Hugonin, Callum Innes, Augustus John, Tory Lawrence, Alex Lowery, Peter Logan, Anish Kapoor, Linda Karshan, Lida Cardozo Kindersley, Paul Klee, Issam Kourbaj, Langlands and Bell, Ian McKeever, Kenneth Martin, Edward Middleditch, Lisa Milroy, David Nash, Elspeth Owen, Bryan Pearce, Mary Potter, Marc Quinn, Peter Randall-Page, Alan Reynolds, Bridget Riley, Ceri Richards, Matthew Sanderson, Michael Sandle, Yuko Shiraishi, Jamie Shovlin, Daniel Sturgis, Edmund de Waal, David Ward, Alison Wilding, Paul Winstanley, Christopher Wood, Bill Woodrow.

"Kettle's Yard is an invaluable visual resource for the university and town that combines a foundational collection made at the birth of modernism in Britain with an evolving programme of contemporary art. Kettle's Yard is a necessary balance to the historical collections of the Fitzwilliam and a lively and living place to experience art." Antony Gormley

St Avertin Syndrome Charity Spin Damien Hirst 2010 Household gloss on plastic skeleton 1700 x 425 x 435 mm Photographed by Prudence Cumming Associates
© Damien Hirst and Hirst Holdings Ltd, DACS 2011

Tim Noble and Sue Webster open Blain|Southern Berlin

March 22, 2011 by Kay

Blain|Southern is delighted to announce that it will open its Berlin gallery in April with an exhibition by the celebrated British artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster.

Monumental both in scale and ambition, Turning the Seventh Corner is a site-specific installation inspired by the tombs of the Egyptian Pharaohs which has been made in collaboration with the internationally acclaimed architect David Adjaye.

The new gallery (pictured below), a concrete, steel and glass structure with a floor space of more than 1,300 square metres, was formerly the printing presses of the German Liberal newspaper, Der Tagesspiegel. The publication’s motto, ‘Rerum cognoscere causas’, or ‘To know the causes of things’, has also inspired the artists.

Tim Noble and Sue Webster are best known for their ‘shadow sculptures’ in which they use discarded rubbish, animals and other matter that are then illuminated from a single light source creating portraits of themselves. Their work also includes light sculptures which elevate the kitsch of low art forms, such as Las Vegas strip hotels and tattoo parlours, into iconic tropes of pop art.

Turning The Seventh Corner draws on these and other practices. However, the artists’ desire for an element of surprise and mystery has led them to hold back on revealing every detail of the work, which they have created as a journey of exploration.

Upon arriving at the doorway on the second floor of the gallery the viewer enters a labyrinth of man-made tunnels, dimly lit with narrowing passages. These ascend and descend in a spiral-like manner and have been designed to disorientate and, in doing so, steer the mind towards a more open and meditative state, one alive to enquiry.

After passing the seven corners, an allusion to the Book of Proverbs, 9:1 - "Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars", the viewer enters a tomb-like area where the secret creation by Tim Noble and Sue Webster, one of beauty, surprise, wonder and enlightenment, is revealed.

Says Webster: “Since I was a teenager I’ve been enthralled by the idea of Berlin and by the way it has attracted the creative energies of two of my great heroes David Bowie and Nick Cave - and so following in this great tradition, Tim and I are proud to initiate our most ambitious project to date in this fabulous city.”

LAUNCH PHOTOS: Polly Borland's Smudge

March 18, 2011 by Kay

Thanks to everyone who came to the launch of Polly Borland's new prints Smudge last night and made it a successful and fun evening. For those of you who missed it, check out our photos of the night below.

To see the full collection of Smudge works, including the hand woven tapestries, click here.

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Nick Cave and Polly Borland

Pete Cuts, Jason Beard and Helen Beard

Rock Sandford, Polly Samson and David Gilmour

Gary Hume

Polly Borland and Mark Vessey

Jason Beard, Polly Borland and Deborah Orr

Nick Cave and Jeoff Cox

Charles Hudson and Danny Moynihan

Itai Doron

Warren Ellis

Polly Borland, Rupert Grey and Kay Clark

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