Anita Witek: Artist and Muse

l’étrangère is pleased to present Artist and Muse, a solo exhibition by Austrian artist Anita Witek. Showcasing her photographic series based on two paintings by Egon Schiele – a self-portrait and a portrait of his model and muse, Wally Neuzil – this presentation was first shown at the Leopold Museum in Vienna earlier this year, where its collection of modern Austrian art is home to the world’s largest collection of works by Egon Schiele. For the exhibition at l’étrangère, Witek will create a site- specific installation that includes a new set of photographs.

Nigel Shafran: Work Books 1984 – 2018

Sion and Moore, a new commercial gallery project dedicated to photography, is delighted to announce its inaugural show, Work Books 1984 – 2018, a presentation of work by the photographer Nigel Shafran.

The exhibition, which has been designed by Michael Marriott, is comprised of approximately 40 books containing drawings, notes, small photographs and other printedmatter,aswellasfilmsofthebooks–noneofwhichhavebeenshowninLondon before. 

Bethlem Gallery: IN/DI/VISIBLE

Bethlem Gallery, Beckenham, presents IN/DI/VISIBLE, a group show featuring the work of seven artists: Larry Achiampong, David Blandy, Leon B, Esther Maxwell-Orumbie, John M, Daniel Regan and Mr. X.

The show takes as its starting point themes explored in Achiampong and Blandy’s Finding Fanon trilogy (2015 – 2017), a series of three films that blend popular culture, personal history and post- colonial theory to explore ideas of race, identity and globalisation. 

OLEG KUDRYASHOV: Bridge To The Future

‘Kudryashov’s works are so good, and so unlike anything else, that the obscurity to which we have so long relegated him, and the difficulties that he has encountered and overcome, should serve as a lesson to us all.’ – William Packer, Financial Times

The Russian Centre of Culture and Science in London together with the London Collectors Club are delighted to announce the presentation of Bridge To The Future – the first comprehensive monograph on the artist Oleg Kudryashov accompanied by an exhibition of selected works created between 1983 and 2003. 

YINKA SHONIBARE LENDS HIS SUPPORT TO NEW AWARDS

Turner Prize-winning artist Yinka Shonibare, MBE RA, has lent his support to the recently created Emerge Awards, a UK-wide, open competition that champions emerging talent and diversity in the creative industries.

Guy Armitage, the CEO of Zealous, a London-based digital submissions platform for the creative community, set up the awards in response to the changing nature of Britain’s relationship with Europe. 

Saatchi gallery: Known Unknowns

Saatchi Gallery is pleased to present KNOWN UNKNOWNS, a major new exhibition featuring the work of 17 contemporary artists.

Known Unknowns showcases an international selection of artists, born between 1966 and 1990, from the Saatchi Gallery’s collection. The title refers to the artists' status in the mainstream art world – whilst the group is largely unknown, their respective practices are greatly admired by their artistic peers and seen as breaking new ground.

Mauricio Valenzuela & Mario Fonseca Fragmented Dialogues

Austin / Desmond Fine Art is delighted to announce Fragmented Dialogues, an exhibition in collaboration with CF-LART London that brings together the work of conceptual artist Mario Fonseca and photographer Mauricio Valenzuela. Both Fonseca and Valenzuela worked in Santiago, Chile, during the 1970s and 1980s. Despite two seemingly very different bodies of work, both artists intrinsically shared a strong dialogue around the notions of absence and prohibited identity.

Firstsite: Chip Night

Firstsite, Colchester, in partnership with the Koestler Trust, is delighted to present Chip Night, an exhibition of artwork, writing and music from people in prisons, secure hospitals and on community sentences in the East of England. Curated by Firstsite’s Young Art Kommunity (YAK), the exhibition is drawn from works submitted to the 2017 Koestler Awards – an annual awards programme spanning 52 artforms.

Firstsite: The Britishness Project

Firstsite, Colchester, is delighted to present The Britishness Project, a groundbreaking exhibition that investigates notions of Britishness through art making.

The show, which was initiated by the gallery, is the result of a collaboration between Essex schoolchildren and eight professional artists, each of whom undertook residencies in schools and education organisations in Colchester, Harlow and Harwich between September and December 2017. 

I’etrangere: Home Strike

Home Strike, guest curated by Alexandra Kokoli and Basia Sliwinska, brings together the work of four women artists — CANAN, Paula Chambers, Malgorzata Markiewicz, Su Richardson — in an exhibition exploring contemporary resistance to the persistent feminisation of domesticity and household maintenance. The exhibition interrogates those biopolitical and cultural norms that see women and their bodies systematically domesticated, exploited and imprisoned by patriarchal ideologies. 

Stephen Chambers: The Court of Redonda

‘Chambers’ work is strikingly relevant because he takes the familiar and puts it on a bigger scale. The personal and the universal are stories closely weaved and inextricably bound...’ Lucy Binnersley, The London Magazine

The Heong Gallery at Downing College, University of Cambridge, is delighted to announce the UK presentation of The Court of Redonda – a major solo exhibition by Stephen Chambers RA, following its highly acclaimed unveiling as a Collateral Event of the 2017 Venice Biennale.