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COMPETITION: Win a pair of tickets to see Damien Hirst at the Tate Modern

April 27, 2012 by Kay

Win a pair of tickets to the new Damien Hirst exhibition at the Tate Modern

Search for 'Spots Competition' on (hint: you should get 16 search results), count all the spots you can see on this page and email us the answer to by Sunday 6th May.

Good luck!

‘Pharmacy’ (1992) © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012

Terms and Conditions: The closing date is Sunday 6th May 2012 at midnight and the winner will be notified on Friday 11th May 2012 via email.

Unsuccessful entrants will not be notified.

One winner will be selected at random who will be given two tickets to the Damien Hirst exhibition at the Tate Modern. The exhibition is open until 9th September 2012.

The winner must inform us of their desired date and time to visit the exhibition by Friday 18th May. Two tickets will be sent to them via recorded delivery. The dates and times will be subject to availability.

Please note that upon entering, your email address will be added to our mailing list so we can let you know about new products and invite you to our launches. Your details will not be passed on to third parties. If you'd prefer not to be added to our mailing list, just let us know when emailing us.

COMING SOON: Rankin - Contains Nudity

April 26, 2012 by Kay


Other Criteria, 14 Hinde Street, London, W1U 3BG

10 May – 21 June 2012

Other Criteria presents Contains Nudity, an exhibition of Rankin’s most celebrated nude works comprising 12 prints. The exhibition excitingly coincides with the launch of the second issue of Rankin’s biannual fashion and lifestyle magazine, The Hunger, which will be available to buy at Other Criteria on Hinde Street from 10 May.

Iconic photographer, Rankin, will exhibit a selection of photographic prints including a series of 12 female nude images shot throughout his career, there will also be 3 exclusive images from the second issue of The Hunger and, to tie in with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this year, a portrait of HRH Queen Elizabeth II.

The Queen, 2002 © Rankin and Other Criteria

Coinciding with the latest issue of The Hunger, the exhibition will feature exclusive images from the fresh and innovative biannual magazine. In addition to being a platform for talent across all artistic fields, The Hunger was born from Rankin’s desire to celebrate the innate drive that we all possess and that, with a bit of creativity, can be used as an impetus for cultural change. The second issue will feature in-depth interviews with cover stars Monica Bellucci and Robert Sheehan as well as conversations with Oscar de la Renta, William Boyd, Ron Arad, Mark Strong and many more, with most interviews also available to watch on Unique features include a focus on British designers; Katie Eary, Louise Gray, Henry Holland, Craig Lawrence and James Long as well as contemporary British artists; Gilbert & George, Mat Collishaw, Sue Webster & Tim Noble and Polly Morgan.

To mark the new exhibition, Other Criteria on Hinde Street will be launching their ‘photography room’  - a space on the lower ground floor dedicated entirely to photography in which exhibitions will be held throughout the year.

Rankin says of his collaboration with Other Criteria, 'I am very excited to be showing my work at Other Criteria - and particularly honoured to be the inaugural photographer exhibiting in the new 'Photography Room'. I have long been an admirer of what Other Criteria do and feel privileged to be part of the roster.'

Rankin’s edition prints will be available to buy at Other Criteria and The Hunger prints will be exclusively for sale at Other Criteria for the duration of the exhibition, 14 Hinde St, London W1 and online at, with prices starting at £1,500. The Hunger will also be available to buy at £4.95. Hardbacks of the magazine will be exclusively available from Other Criteria for a month for £10. For real time updates follow @other_criteria on Twitter.  For exclusive in-depth interviews and fashion films from those in the magazine as well as updates from The Hunger team, visit the ground-breaking video-based website

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Adam Dix in 'On the Horizon - New Generation British Painters'

April 26, 2012 by Kay

7th April - 12th May 2012

Marine Contemporary presents “On the Horizon: New Generation British Painters”, a group exhibition curated by Alexandra Ray and Catherine Loewe. “On the Horizon” showcases three distinctive figurative painters currently living and working in London: Robert Fry, Adam Dix and Hugh Mendes.

Over the last two years in London, Charles Saatchi set out again to show the world what he considered the new generation artists of our time, displayed in his impressive, touring, three part show called “Newspeak: British Art Now”. Not since his “Sensation” show in the late 1980’s, had we seen a new decade of British Contemporary art, boasting some of the most thematically complex and internationally mixed progeny, all generating their take on things since the surge of the YBA’s. Art critic Brian Sewell might argue that the YBA’s left them no useful legacy on which to build - that merely a wave of nostalgia had filled the air, in its sudden determination to hark back to Old Masters - but at large, critics were positive that Saatchi had done it again. He still had the energy to make us sit up and take note of the undeniable rousing talent from this current wave of emerging British artists.

Taking its cue from Saatchi, “On the Horizon” seeks to present three artists from this new generation. Stepping away from the shock factor stunts of the YBA’s, Fry, Dix and Mendes stand out by responding to their art historical heritage, with a more traditional painterly outlook. Leaking an undeniably British quality, their work expands on and re-invents today’s issues, exploring classicism, consumerism and the ever-growing obsession with celebrity.

Adam Dix is interested in how technology communicates to an audience held captive by its power. It is the exaggerated power we give to technological advances of our century that interests Dix, as he displays his subjects in an almost retro sci-fi manner performing rituals of religious-like worship. In fine glazes he builds scenes of group folkloric rituals upholding the modern devices of telecommunication. Families hover around satellite dishes, as if its an after dinner ritual in a cosy Ovaltine commercial.

Dix received his B.A in graphics and Illustration at Middlesex College and then an M.A at Wimbledon College of Art. Over the last 2 years Dix has participated in group shows at the Saatchi Gallery, Summaria Lunn and Haunch of Venison in London. His work is included in several collections, including those of Anita Zabludowicz, Fatima Maleki and Alisdhair Willis. This is his debut exhibition in the States.

Established in 2011 by Claressinka Anderson, Marine Contemporary focuses on vital, concept-led contemporary work in all media. The gallery has a particular focus on emerging and mid-career artists from the U.S and the U.K. Marine Contemporary is an expansion of Marine Art Salon, which was established in 2009 and continues its salon program along side Marine Contemporary, focusing on collection-based shows in the domestic setting.

See Adam Dix's prints with Other Criteria here.

More information on this exhibition at Marine Contemporary's website.

Colin Glen's live drawing

April 25, 2012 by Kay

Below is the result of Colin Glen's live drawing at TJBoulting to coincide with the end of his exhibition. The drawing is of an object found on the street by the front steps to the gallery on the day of the opening, Valentine’s Day.  The bit of wire – which looks like it may have come from the old Middlesex hospital building site opposite – vaguely resembles an old rose.

See Colin Glen's Polymergravure Etching with Other Criteria here.

Born in Edinburgh in 1968, Colin lives and works in Stroud, Gloucestershire with his wife and four children. On completing his BA in Art and Art History at Goldsmiths College, University of London, he returned to Gloucestershire to focus on making drawings in the landscape. He achieved an MA in Art History at Birkbeck College, University of London in 2001 and has held the position of studio assistant to Damien Hirst from 1998-2004 and 2010-2011. He writes for Art monthly and a-n magazines as well as producing essays on Rachel Howard, Rob and Nick Carter and Oliver Marsden. He has exhibited regularly at SVA in Stroud and also shown at Trolley Gallery and the Forest of Dean Sculpture Park in 2009, JGM Galerie Paris in 2008, and Bankley Studios in 2006 - and has work in the Murderme and Groucho Club collections. He is a trustee of SVA and is currently completing a research degree at the University of Bristol. He is showing work with TJ Boulting, the gallery arm of Trolley Books, in the near future.

VIDEO: Mat Collishaw studio visit

April 24, 2012 by Kay

How does an artist begin, and what form does inspiration take? Mat Collishaw lets Tate Shots into his studio as his latest artworks - mutant, syphilitic flowers, and a depiction of hell, rendered as a 3D zoetrope - start to take shape.

Thanks to Tate for this video.

See Mat Collishaw's resin flowers Venal Muse, Envirico available through Other Criteria here.

Harland Miller in Bologna

April 23, 2012 by Kay

Harland Miller will be exhibiting at Marabini Gallery, Bologna, Vicolo della neve 5 until 4th May 2012. Miller takes much-loved book jackets of classic works by Hemmingway, Fitzgerald, Edgar Allen Poe and others as his starting point. By rendering them in oils at poster size with quirky new titles, he transforms them into contemporary, often satirical commentaries on life and literature as A Fist To Cry On or The Me I Never Knew.

As with Californian artist, Ed Ruscha, it is words that set the tone in Millerʼs work. Whether ironic, nostalgic, or downright cheeky - Dirty Northern Bastard by DH Lawrence, or Iʼm so Fucking Hard    by Hemmingway - the titles demythologise and amuse in equal measure. Miller plays to magnify the painting pictures of the authors on the back cover creating similarities with photographs of the criminals that police hangs around the city.

Miller is attracted to books as objects – the more battered, stained and lived in the better. “I remember my parentsʼ Penguin books. For me, they are about nostalgia for a by-gone era – that musty smell, those coffee-mug rings, the often heart-breaking inscriptions on the inside cover.”

Miller has lived and worked in New York , Berlin and Paris. Born in the North of England in 1964, Millerʼs fondness for the drizzle and grimness of those northern towns remains a strong theme in his work. “I suppose mine is a very English sense of humour,” he says.

For more information, please visit the Marabini Gallery website.

Broken Fingaz Crew at Shop 13, The Old Truman Brewery

April 20, 2012 by Georgia

Old Truman Brewery
15 Hanbury Street, E1 6QR London
Until 29.04.12 - Open daily 12pm - 6pm

Tonight will see the opening of Crazy Eye Hotel, the first major UK show by Broken Fingaz Crew, an incredible, pioneering, street art collective from Haifa in northern Israel. The crew's native city is a palpable influence on their work, alongside the ephemera of everyday life, 80s horror, comic books and artists such as Schiele and Lautrec to Parra and Mike Giant. BFC's work includes graffiti, graphic design, installation art and music.

As of tonight, they (four gypsies by the names of Deso, Kip, Tant and Unga), will present their work in the shape of a new large-scale, mixed media installation to British audiences in association with the London-based collective NO way. The exhibition, which is sponsored by BI-arts and Cass Art, will open to the public at  6.30pm this evening, and runs until next Sunday, the 29th of April.

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