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September 30, 2011 by Kay

Rothko in Britain

September 29, 2011 by Georgia

Whitechapel Gallery
9 September - 26 February 2011
Admission free

In 1961 the Whitechapel Gallery held the first solo show of American artist Mark Rothko in Britain. This landmark exhibition is brought vividly to life through the Gallery's archives of original photographs, letters from the artist and new recordings of visitor's memories presented alongside Rothko's painting Light Red Over Black (1957).

Mark Rothko (1903–1970) was part of a generation of American painters whose style became known as Abstract Expressionism. From the 1950s he used muted colours to make luminous rectangles seemingly hover on the surface of the canvas. While realising his Whitechapel Gallery exhibition he outlined precise instructions of how he wanted his work to be displayed, such as the lighting levels and hanging height of paintings. All this created an immersive experience for the viewer. Reviewing the show in The New Statesman art critic David Sylvester wrote, ‘Faced with Rothko’s paintings at Whitechapel, one feels oneself unbearably hemmed-in by forces buffeting one’s every nerve’

The display sheds new light on Rothko’s connection with Britain, highlighting the strong relationships he formed during his trip in the summer of 1959 and an era of dialogue between British and American artists.

Rankin and Hirst's Myths, Monsters & Legends

September 28, 2011 by Kay

Rankin and Damien Hirst - Myths, Monsters and Legends Rankin Gallery, Los Angeles 13th October – 5th November

Rankin and Hirst leverage their respective creative mediums and shared dark wit in a project born out of a joint fascination with the ancient world, and an interest in contextualizing it in a modern environment. ‘Myths, Monsters and Legends’ is an exploration of imagined narratives and monsters of past civilizations, viewed through a modern lens.

Both are known for their fearless approach, pushing boundaries and pressing buttons in pursuit of the creation of iconic imagery that raises questions and provokes debate. Model, Dani Smith, was the inspiration in bringing their shared vision to life. Smith was integral to the project - the concept was created and evolved around her. The trio worked together to create menacing beasts and ethereal bodies from mystical times.

When Damien Hirst asked Rankin what made him want to do the ‘Myths, Monsters and Legends’ project, Rankin replied “ It was you, man! You excited me with it; I wanted to be a part of it. I always have dreams about monsters, devils and evil: I get a lot of my ideas from my dreams. I have a fascination with fantasy and reality, and bringing the two together to make people go, “Wow”. That's what photography is. It can steal your soul, if only for a split second. Plus, I'm a sucker for anything to do with Rome or Greece.

For more information on the exhibition, visit the Rankin website.

Rachel Howard: Folie À  Deux

September 27, 2011 by Kay

12th October – 22nd December 2011 Preview: Tuesday 11 October 6-8pm

Blain|Southern 21 Dering Street London W1S 1AL

Folie aÌ€ Deux, French for ‘madness of two’, is the clinical definition for a psychosis in which delusional beliefs are transmitted from one individual to another. For her first exhibition at Blain|Southern, the acclaimed British artist Rachel Howard has created a series of intricately linked paintings, hung as triptychs, diptychs and stand-alone works, which subtly explore this disturbing malady.

Folie aÌ€ Deux can manifest itself in benign and extreme forms, and Howard was struck by a series of recorded case studies. One of these involved a paranoid married couple who both believed intruders were entering their house, spreading dust and ‘wearing down their shoes’; another documented the incident of twin sisters, one of whom provoked the other to run into the path of an oncoming car having done so herself a few seconds earlier.

Rachel Howard - Folie a Deux 9" x 11" 2011

Howard’s body of work deals with this notion of two people forming an intense or symbiotic relationship, as alluded to in the central painting of the exhibition, entitled Folie aÌ€ Deux, which shows a heavily pregnant woman lying on her back, head outstretched and legs splayed.

Walter Sickert’s paintings provide another stimulus and reference point, in particular his painting What Shall We Do About The Rent? Just as Sickert depicted intimate scenes of desolation, so Howard’s paintings speak of the emotional tensions that exist within the routines of everyday life. The artist examines commonplace domestic objects including a table, chair and lamp, but depicts them from unusual or unnerving perspectives, suggesting the multifaceted or unfixed state of mind implicit in Folie aÌ€ Deux.

In Howard’s trademark style, the gravitational pull causes the paint to seep down the canvases, so that it seems to be clinging on to the works’ surfaces, mirroring the acts of desperation that encapsulate the essence of this exhibition. Howard’s new work demonstrates the fragility of the human condition, which can be easily unhinged by those around us. As Sartre said: “Hell is other people”.

For more information visit the Blain|Southern website.

Damien Hirst ‘The Souls’ Enlarged to Epic Proportions

September 25, 2011 by Kay

SHED 13 presents DAMIEN HIRST - Butterflies at Tjuvholmen, Oslo

Today visitors to Tjuvholmen, Oslo can see 6 of Damien Hirst’s butterflies enlarged to supersized proportions on the huge and dominant warehouse, SHED 13 to coincide with the launch of new Oslo gallery STOLPER+FRIENDS, and its inaugural exhibition of Hirst’s work, ‘The Souls’.

Measuring more than 6 metres and printed on vinyl-foil, they cover both the north and west facades of SHED 13 and look as if 6 butterflies take flight from the gallery space and settled onto the walls of the warehouse. The building will be illuminated at night, creating a spectacular display of colour at all times.

Original prints of ‘The Souls’ are available to purchase from STOLPER+FRIENDS www.stolperandfriends.com and from Other Criteria www.othercriteria.com.

Twombly and Poussin - Arcadian Painters

September 23, 2011 by Kay

“I would’ve liked to have been Poussin, if I’d had a choice, in another time.” Cy Twombly

A unique exploration of contemporary artist Cy Twombly (April 25 1928 - 5 July 2011) and 17th century classical painter Nicolas Poussin (1594 -1665). This exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery will look at these two figures side by side for the first time.

Nicolas Poussin, Rinaldo and Armida (c. 1630)
© By permission of the Trustees of Dulwich Picture Gallery

Separated by three centuries the two artists nonetheless share remarkable similarities. The connections are highlighted through the key themes of Arcadia and the pastoral, Venus and Eros, anxiety and theatricality and mythological figures that are central to both artists' work.

Cy Twombly, Hero and Leandro, 1985, 202 x 254cm, Private Collection, Courtesy Thomas Ammann Fine Art AG, Zurich, © Cy Twombly

Below is a two-part 55 minute lecture that took place at Dulwich Picture Gallery to coincide with the exhibition 'Cy Twombly andNicolas Poussin - Arcadian Painters'.


For more information visit Dulwich Picture Gallery.

EAT: The Poachers Pocket this weekend

September 23, 2011 by Kay

Feast on fine country game cuisine this weekend at The Poachers Pocket in Hackney accompanied by live music, art, entertainment and plenty of cocktails.

Fours courses costs £25 and includes vegetarian options. To see the menu, click here.

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