Acclaimed British artist Ben Turnbull has reimagined Mount Rushmore, replacing the American presidents with Native Americans.
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.
Huxley-Parlour Gallery is delighted to present Personal Space, an exhibition of new oil paintings by the acclaimed British artist Eileen Cooper RA.
The HIX Award, the art prize set up by the restaurateur and author Mark Hix, is delighted to announce the year’s shortlisted artists, all whom will feature in a group exhibition at HIX ART, opening September 14, 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.