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Acclaimed British artist Ben Turnbull has reimagined Mount Rushmore, replacing the American presidents with Native Americans.
SET Alscot Road, Bermondsey, London, is delighted to present Volcanoes & Regret, a new work by the Scottish artist George Finlay Ramsay, opening on 27 October 2019.
Created as a response to Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, which will be displayed at Saatchi Gallery for six months from November to May 2020, both artists invite the viewer to contemplate notions of legacy and transition.
CULTURAL TRAFFIC, the roving global arts and publishing fair, will hold its fourth London edition at Old Spitalfields Market on Saturday 5th October, 2019.
Its new talks programme, which like the fair is free of charge, will take place throughout the day and includes the following speakers: Philip Sallon — style innovator, designer and club impresario, Pandemonia —human artwork, Scarlett Cannon — conceptual model, Luisa Le Voguer Couyetin — co-founder of HATE zine, Iris Luz — founder of PC Erotic magazine and Dinah Gold — photographer (The London Vagabond)
Shapero Rare Books is delighted to present an exhibition of new works by Sir Quentin Blake. Opening on the 29 November 2019, Anthology of Readers is comprised of sixty pen, ink & watercolour drawings, all of which affectionately caricature people who love books.
The Stanley Spencer Gallery is delighted to present Painting by the Thames: Swan Upping at Cookham, opening November 7 2019.
Bermondsey Project Space is delighted to present an exhibition of works by the acclaimed artist Ben Turnbull. Entitled American History X volume III, Manifest Decimation, the show is the artist’s first since his highly-acclaimed Saatchi Gallery presentation in 2017 and extends Turnbull’s ongoing exploration of American political and social culture.
Huxley-Parlour Gallery is delighted to present the debut London solo exhibition of British artist Rebecca Harper, showcasing five large-scale paintings all produced in 2019.
These new works build and expand on themes that Harper has explored throughout her career, particularly ideas of displacement and nostalgia. Harper is interested in how we interact with the world around us, specifically connected to the ideas of transience and alienation. Says the artist: ‘the works contain deep echoes of a personal displacement and narrative. A storm brews, siblings drape on family trees, the figures journey from place to place much like some of my ancestors in exile.’
Deptford X, London’s longest running contemporary visual arts festival, celebrates its twenty-first birthday this year with its largest programme to date.
New director Nathalie Boobis has curated twelve major projects, five of which have been specially commissioned. These will be bolstered by almost 100 fringe events drawn from the local community.
This year’s theme is Stop Making Sense, which is taken from the Talking Heads’ 1984 concert film of the same name, and was chosen by Boobis to reflect the ‘surreal, playful and unruly art as a disruption to our current political climate of hostility and division’.
The Aga Khan Centre Gallery is delighted to announce it will launch its new exhibition space with At the Corner of a Dream, a solo presentation by the Lebanese-Egyptian artist Bahia Shehab.
The show — her first solo show in the UK — is comprised of five digital artworks produced by the artist in 2019 about the poetry murals she has painted in four different cities: Cairo, New York, Beirut and Marrakesh, as well as the Greek island of Cephalonia. These have been inspired by the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish (1941-2008) — the show’s title is a line from one of his poems.
Luton’s primary cultural venue, the Hat Factory Arts Centre, re-opens its doors to the public on Friday 6 September 2019, marking the first phase of the ambitious £10m Hat District regeneration project led by the Culture Trust, Luton.
The reopening launch of the Arts Centre will feature a newly commissioned performance – #factoryreset – by physical theatre company Tangled Feet at 8.00pm on Friday 6th September 2019. Afterwards, the Arts Centre will be open to anyone wanting to explore the new and redeveloped spaces including the Beacon Lounge and Hatch 1&2 workshops. In addition, the first 500 people to enter the building will receive a commemorative and limited edition hat pin.
Cadogan Contemporary is delighted to present yes I said Yes, a solo exhibition featuring new works by acclaimed American artist Elise Ansel.
Central to Ansel’s project is her practice of translating Old Master paintings into a contemporary pictorial language through the lens of feminine subjectivity. She uses an idiom of energetic gestural abstraction to mine art historical imagery for colour and narrative structure, abstracting and interrupting the representational content, in order to excavate and transform meanings and messages embedded in the works from which her paintings spring.
Cecilia Brunson Projects is pleased to announce I am Awake, the first London exhibition of the celebrated Paraguayan artist Feliciano Centurión.
Centurión, who died aged 34 in 1996 from the complications of AIDS, was a central figure of the Arte Light movement of the late 80s, linked to the Ricardo Rojas Cultural Center in Buenos Aires. These artists were known for their flamboyant, irreverent works that embodied progressive attitudes to sexuality and lifestyle, emerging in tandem with the fall of right-wing dictatorships across Latin America.
Visual and Environmental Artist AlanJames Burns, collaborating with Creswell Crags Museum & Heritage Centre, is delighted to announce the first British presentation of Burns’ Entirely hollow aside from the dark.
The immersive psychoacoustic sound artwork will be ‘staged’ inside the depths of Creswell Crags Cave this September, following the huge critical success of an Irish nationwide tour. Together with his creative team, Burns will install a new version of this unique experience specifically created for the cultural significance of Creswell Crags – a site located in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, that boasts Britain’s only examples of Ice Age Rock Art created some 13,000 years ago.
THE ART OF WAREZ is a short film about the virtually unknown world of the ANSI art scene, to be released on 31 July, 2019.
There was a time before the internet, in the late 1980’s and early 90’s, when computer users would communicate through the telephone lines by leaving messages for one another on Bulletin Board Systems or BBS’s.
Cadogan Contemporary is delighted to present Now/here, a solo exhibition featuring new work by the acclaimed British artist Sam Lock.
A key inspiration for Lock is the written word, in particular the work of the dramatists Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter. As the latter famously said, ‘Underneath what is said, something else is being said,’ and the ideas invoked in that observation – notions of double meanings, loss, discovery and the overlapping of past and present – are key to understanding Lock’s entire oeuvre; in essence, each work is a mediation on the ambiguities of life revealed through abstraction.
The Ismaili Centre, in partnership with the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, is delighted to announce Seeing Through Babel, a solo exhibition by the Syrian-Armenian artist Kevork Mourad.
In the Old Testament story of Babel, mankind is punished for attempting to construct a tower to heaven, an act of hubris that led God to create multiple languages so as to prevent such collusions happening again. For this exhibition, Mourad explores the story of Babel, using visual imagery as a means to connect people across the language divide.
The acclaimed American figurative painter Donald Sultan is to receive his first U.K retrospective at Huxley-Parlour Gallery, London, opening June 5, 2019.
Arranged over two floors, the exhibition is comprised of 17 works produced between 1977 and 2019 and features three canvasses from his seminal Disaster Paintings series. Sultan has not shown in London in 10 years, so this exhibition is timely, providing an opportunity to re-evaluate his work and position him within the canon of post-war Contemporary Art.
Albany Arts Communications is delighted to announce BLINK, an exhibition of new and old works by the British artist Noj Barker.
In the same way Giorgio Morandi (1890 - 1964) painted different arrangements of the same set of vases, bowls and pots, Barker paints dots. Into these he incorporates smaller dots, creating intense, intricately configured compositions. The resulting works, which are all rendered in acrylic, can be austere or flamboyant, singular monochromes or psychedelic, trippy whirligigs of colour.
East Contemporary Visual Arts Network (ECVAN) is delighted to announce the first wave of art commissions for New Geographies, a three-year project that sets out to create a new map of the East of England based on local reflections and stories of unexplored or overlooked places.
The convergence of the human hand and the latest Artificial Intelliegence technology is explored in Scott Eaton’s debut exhibition, Artist+AI: Figures & Form in the Age of Intelligent Machines, which opens at Somerset House, London, on June 18, 2019.
A major survey of work by the acclaimed British artist Johnnie Cooper will take place at Saatchi Gallery, London, opening 19 April 2019. Entitled throe on throe, the exhibition comes at a time of heightened interest in the artist. In 2018, as part of its initiative to re-evaluate key twentieth and twenty-first-century artists, art publisher Black Dog Press produced a monograph documenting Cooper’s 50-year career; and this eagerly-awaited presentation – his first in London in three decades – will be complemented by further shows in the U.K. and America.
Cadogan Contemporary is delighted to present an exhibition of new works by the Austrian artist Josef Fischnaller. Fischnaller’s artfully constructed photographs are inspired by the compositional styles of Old Master and Renaissance painters; to these, he incorporates modern clothes, products and affectations, such as playmobil models and body piercings, to give them a wry, contemporary twist.
Huxley-Parlour Gallery, London, is delighted to announce New Mythologies: Figurative Abstraction in Contemporary Painting, an exhibition featuring the work of seven contemporary artists including Eileen Cooper RA, John Copeland and Iris Schomaker.
3OHA, a haunting new film by New York-born artist and filmmaker Clayton Vomero, will receive its official world premiere on 28 March 2019 at CPH:DOX.
Cadogan Contemporary is delighted to present Chance Encounters, an exhibition of recent and new works by the acclaimed Canadian American painter Ilana Manolson. Her first London presentation, the show is comprised of more than 20 acrylic paintings executed between the years 2018 and 2019, in which the artist moves between representation and abstraction to capture the essence of nature.