Museum of Contemporary Art, Vienna, Austria
The Bed in History and Contemporary Art
Jan 30, 2015 May 25, 2015
As the territory of birth, love, illness, death and as the most anthropomorphic shape in the history of all civilizations, beds are possibly one of the most reproduced objects in art and one of the most common metaphors for the human condition.The exhibition focuses on the historical and iconographic significance of the bed. 'Sleepless' will include and juxtapose paintings, sculptures, drawings, photos, and video works spanning from old masters to present-day artists.
Acclaimed artists such as, Lucian Freud, Rachel Whiteread, Tracey Emin, Mona Hatoum, Damien Hirst, Jim Lambie, Sarah Lucas and Rachel Howard use the bed’s idiosyncratic shape in their work.
Rachel Howard will be showing ‘Consuela’ - 2007- Household gloss and acrylic on canvas 152.4 x 152.4 cm, in this group exhibition.
Later this year, Damien Hirst will open a gallery in Lambeth that will show public exhibitions of artists’ work from his own collection.
Newport Street Gallery has been in development for over three years. It is the result of Hirst’s long-term ambition to build a museum and to share his collection with the public, and his love of curating, which dates back to the beginning of his artistic career and the organisation of group shows such as ‘Freeze’ (1988) and ‘Modern Medicine’ (1990). The exhibitions presented at Newport Street will vary between single artist and group shows, and will be open to the public free of charge.
Hirst’s expansive and diverse collection, which he has been acquiring since the late 1980s, includes artists such as Francis Bacon, Banksy, Tracey Emin, Jeff Koons, Sarah Lucas, Pablo Picasso, Richard Prince, Haim Steinbach, Gavin Turk, and Northwest Coast native artists such as Robert Davidson, James Hart and Don Yeomans, as well as artefacts and natural history specimens, taxidermy and anatomical models, amongst other historical objects. The collection has previously been the subject of major group exhibitions at the Serpentine Gallery, London (2006) and the Pinacoteca Agnelli, Turin (2013). Newport Street Gallery will now allow Hirst to dedicate time and space to exhibiting areas of his art collection for the public to interact with and enjoy.
Designed by architects Caruso St John, the building will contain six interconnected galleries as well as a restaurant and shop. It has been converted from five warehouses: three listed late Victorian scenery-painting studios flanked by two new-builds at either end. Hirst acquired the buildings in 1998 and converted areas of them into studios which he and other artists have since used.
Damien Hirst's portrait of Barcelona striker Lionel Messi will be joined by artwork by Takashi Murakami at an auction in London next month. The painting, a portrait of the footballer in the style of Hirst's iconic spin paintings, has been donated by Victim, the charity founded by Hirst, in aid of the 1in11 campaign. The campaign is a collaboration between Unicef, FC Barcelona Foundation and Reach Out To Asia and aims to extend educational opportunities to marginalised children in Bangladesh, Indonesia and Nepal. Its title derives from the fact that 1 in 11 children across the world do not attend school and are thus excluded from the benefits of education, which amounts to 58 million children who will not get the chance to fulfil their potential.
Hirst's artwork will be auctioned at Sotheby’s in London on 12th February to raise funds for the charity. Messi, a three-time winner of the Golden Boot award and a Unicef goodwill ambassador, is a figurehead for 1in11 and is leading the efforts to raise awareness and money for the charity.
Find out more about 1in11 here: 1in11.org
For more information on the auction please see Sotheby's website: sothebys.com/1in11
'The Folly Acres Cook Book', Loose Ends with Clive Anderson
Join acclaimed artist Sue Webster on BBC Radio 4's Loose Ends with Clive Anderson. The first broadcast will be this Saturday 24th January at 18:15. Sue will be talking about her new book 'The Folly Acres Cook Book', along with chat, music and comedy. Other guests to join Sue are, Nikki Bedi, Tom Conti, Simon Nicol, Bidisha and Fairport Convention.
If you miss the first broadcast you can catch the show on BBC Radio 4 Extra at 11:15, 21:15 on January 26th and 04:15 on January 27th.
Adam Dix and Jessica Littlewood
20th – 25th January
London Art Fair 2015
Art Projects are delighted to announce that they will once again be participating in this year’s London Art Fair. Art Projects is a curated showcase of the freshest contemporary art from across the globe.
The Contemporary London will be representing and showing fresh and exciting work from acclaimed artist Adam Dix and Jess Littlewood.
Adam Dix’s work concerns itself with the association between communication technology and our desire to communicate, by analysing the response to, and subsequent personification of, the objects of modern communication. Dix investigates the similar traits found in the genres of science fiction and religion, while exploring ideas of ritual and ceremony with respect to how we engage with communication technology. This has led to the production of several works that invite the viewer to engage in a secular celebration. A festival of communication, presided over by a Shamanic custodian that acts as a conduit between audience and subject. Works such as 'All are Welcome' and 'Performers' will be among the few pieces to show at this years London Art Fair.
To preview works that will be on display and located alongside the main Fair on Gallery Level One at The Business Design Centre, click here.
Thomas Crow and Richard Cork
Wednesday 4th February 2015
Thomas Crow, author of the new book ‘The Long March of Pop’ will be in discussion with Richard Cork, art critic, broadcaster, historian and curator at 7pm on Wednesday the 4th of February 2015. The talk coincides with the current exhibition, Post Pop: East Meets West at the Saatchi Gallery, London.
‘The Long March to Pop’ successfully challenges existing narratives about the rise of Pop Art by situating it within greater cultural tides covering music, art and design. Thomas Crow will introduce his book with an illustrated presentation. Both Crow and Cork will be discussing the rise and continued legacy of Pop Art and its major influence on current art practices today.
The LA Art Show, will celebrate its 20th Anniversary at the upcoming 2015 event. Founded in 1994, the show has grown to become the largest and longest running platform for fine art, bringing in more than 120 galleries representing 22 countries.
Other Criteria will be showing work by Polly Borland, Damien Hirst and Harland Miller. Including a mixture of both unique and editioned works.
Harland Miller – I Don't Sleep So I Don't Dream So I Don't Wake Up Crying
Unique – Oil and watercolor on torn ledger, 27 x 20 inches
Wednesday, January 14:
Opening Night Premiere Party 8pm - 11pm (invite only)
Thursday, January 15:
Hoorsenbuhs Trunk Show from 4-7PM
Debuting the newest collaboration with Damien Hirst "Cupid's Lie"
Come and see Other Criteria booth 706-710.
Regular Hours: Jan. 15 - 17 (11 - 7PM) Jan. 18 (11 - 5PM)
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
South Hall J & K