ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Nicola Green - Flowers | Cork Street - May 25th - June 18th <div class="entry__body typeset"> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>&ldquo;The Dance of Colour has at its centre a shifting narrrative that defies to be fixed - with one foot firmly planted in the portrait tradition and the other always thrust forward, testing, questioning, experimenting. Green&rsquo;s work cannot be confined by a category or as a clich&eacute; but lived as a working philosophy.&rdquo;</em><em> - David A. Bailey&nbsp;MBE</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Flowers Gallery is pleased to present a new body of work by British artist Nicola Green. Following on from her well-known series <em>In Seven Days</em>, which went behind the scenes of President Obama&rsquo;s presidential campaign trail in 2008, the present exhibition of mixed media portraits focuses on participants of the Rio Carnival in Brazil, expanding Green&rsquo;s ongoing exploration of identity and race within contemporary culture.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">A series of silhouetted figures entitled <em>Carnival Beat </em>draws together various materials and processes of production, combining hand-painting onto photographic prints with backdrops formed from commonplace domestic textiles, such as richly patterned wax cloth, tablecloths and vinyl, alongside high-end decorative fabrics and&nbsp;wallpapers.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">David A. Bailey has described the works in this series as <em>&ldquo;highly constructed fragmented artworks&rdquo;</em>, referring to the measured collision of diverse imagery from which new narrative threads can be seen to emerge.* Drawing together motifs from across geographical and historical boundaries, they reflect the complex and densely interwoven nature of cultural heritage.<br /><br />The features of Green&rsquo;s subjects are concealed by layers of flat painted colour, accentuating their choice of costumes and subtleties of gesture, such as the arching of a back, or hands nervously clasping accessories and cigarettes. By masking the figures, Green mirrors a sense of freedom witnessed during the carnival, where everyday identities are subverted by imaginative temporary personas, and the lines between masculine, feminine, racial, social and sexual identity can become&nbsp;blurred.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The title of the second series of works, <em>Bate Bola</em> (which derives from the term &lsquo;hit the ball&rsquo; in Portuguese) refers to the traditional custom of gangs or groups of carnival pranksters, who mark the celebrations dressed as clownish characters ranging from harlequins and court jesters to contemporary cartoon or manga figures. During the carnival of 2015, Green photographed members of many different Bate Bola gangs, each signalling their association with vibrant feather boas, pompoms, masks and children&rsquo;s dummies. The images, which are further unified by vividly coloured backgrounds, also represent a temporary individual experimentation with otherness, reversing conventional roles of power, criminality, wealth and social&nbsp;standing.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The works in the exhibition unite Green&rsquo;s interest in the portrayal of status within the cultural diversity of Brazil with her own family&rsquo;s mixed race identity. Green says: <em>&ldquo;Like the cultural roots of Carnival, my children have European, South American and African heritage. The experience of Rio Carnival is an extraordinarily joyful, deep and complex symbol of hope where normal power structures, race and inequality are temporarily suspended and&nbsp;reimagined.&rdquo;</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>* David A. Bailey, Uniting the Colours of Carnival in Rio, 2016. Essay for the Online Catalogue The Dance of&nbsp;Colour.</em></p> </div> Sun, 29 May 2016 07:04:13 +0000 Cecily Brown - Thomas Dane Gallery - June 11th - July 23rd <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;<em>I want there to be a human presence without having to depict it in full</em>&rdquo; - Cecily Brown</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Showing for the first time at Thomas Dane Gallery, Cecily Brown is, and has been throughout her career, one of the most engaged and distinctive painters of our time. To this day, her preoccupation remains the Body &ndash; in all its various guises and narratives: as subject matter, as form, as boundary, but also as quintessence, as core structure, and even as a total Corpus.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Brown&rsquo;s paintings are immersive. Her passion for her craft is contagious. She keeps reminding us how great it is to look at art unhurriedly: the miraculous pleasure (and rare treat) of contemplation, examination - not in a complacent, or comforting way, but as a tool for existential inquiry. A painting, for her, ought to reveal itself slowly, almost &lsquo;continuously&rsquo;.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Brown often talks about &lsquo;Sublimation&rsquo;, paraphrasing Francis Bacon who craved &ldquo;the grin without the cat&rdquo;, the &ldquo;sensation&rdquo; without the &ldquo;boredom of its conveyance&rdquo;. Her painting indeed sometimes amounts to such a process&ndash; expunging an often clear, defined beginning. Something she calls a &lsquo;Breaking-down&rsquo; process. And through these layers of paint and meaning, it is possible to lose ourselves.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">With her passionately eclectic, almost scholarly approach, Brown brings to mind the best of Academic thinking, as defined by Annibale Carracci in the late 16<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;Century. To assiduously learn from the history of painting by studying its codes and genres and then breaking down its hierarchies, can (still) transcend the act of painting, and open new ways for it.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Recently, Brown has been (re)looking at a particular painting, and has fallen in love with it all over again: Degas&rsquo;&nbsp;Young Spartans, from 1860, at London&rsquo;s National Gallery. The very recognizable, almost iconic cluster of bodies, postures and composition of the original reoccur directly in some of the work in the exhibition. Less apparent, perhaps, is how it might have prompted her, in her latest works, to depict with ease crowds of women and, subsequently, crowds of men.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Crowds are indeed omnipresent in the exhibition - in the luxuriant and enigmatic <em>Madrepora</em>, 2015, or&nbsp;<em>In One Life to Live</em>, 2015, which brings to mind the matter-of-factness and aplomb of Rembrandt&rsquo;s troupes and gatherings. The ghoulish assembly of&nbsp;<em>The Smugglers</em>, 2015, could have sprung out of a James Ensor painting.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">A series of &lsquo;Dark&rsquo; paintings - &lsquo;Black&rsquo;&nbsp;even - reminiscent of the Spanish Masters, brings together Brown&rsquo;s taste for the slightly macabre, or forbidden, with more risqu&eacute; reclining male nudes. This is possibly her own irreverent intrusion into the lexicon of Majas&nbsp;in the works of Velasquez and Goya.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Spanning both spaces of the gallery, the exhibition will also include works from the past, some of which were kept by the artist. More than merely contextualising the present works, or showing the subtle alterations in her style and methods over the years, they reveal her practice&nbsp;as a continuum, where the mischievous and the imposing are treated all the same, and where memories and nostalgia are not at all involuntary.</p> Thu, 26 May 2016 17:56:45 +0000 The Neo Naturists - Studio Voltaire - July 8th - August 21st <div class="introParagraph"> <p style="text-align: justify;">This summer, Studio Voltaire will present a retrospective of the 1980&rsquo;s performance group the Neo Naturists. This will be the first historical survey of the Neo Naturists work in a public institution.</p> </div> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Neo Naturists were an important live art collective initiated in 1981 by Jennifer Binnie, Christine Binnie and Wilma Johnson. The group emerged as a part of London&rsquo;s subculture that arose from the squatting community in the aftermath of Punk and the emergence of the New Romantic club scene and the advent of Thatcherism. During this time a creative energy developed in the UK that sat outside established institutional practices of the time, creating its own network of activities, events, economies and personalities.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Neo Naturists were a part of an incredible cultural network of collaborators and peers that included significant figures such as BodyMap (Stevie Stewart &amp; David Holah), Leigh Bowery, Michael Clark, Peter Doig, Boy George, John Maybury, Bruce Lacey, Andrew Logan, Grayson Perry, Derek Jarman, Princess Julia, Peter Robinson (Marilyn), Test Department and Cerith Wyn Evans.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Combining ideas of ancient rituals with contemporary life, The Neo Naturists performed wearing little more than body paint in nightclubs, galleries, festivals and at unannounced site-specific public performances. Their celebration of a particular kind of anarchic innocence and deliberate primitivism provided a unique artistic voice within a cultural landscape that was otherwise dominated by a male perspective. Accordingly, their work engages with a range of complex issues surrounding gender, representation and performance.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The retrospective at Studio Voltaire will focus on elements taken from their archive from 1980&ndash;1992 and will include video footage of original performances, photographic documentation, costumes, paintings and ephemera from their performances.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This project will not follow the archetypal archive exhibition format, instead Studio Voltaire will stage a live archive exhibition. During the run up to the exhibition, the three original members of the group will work in-residency in the gallery, body printing and painting directly onto the gallery walls. An integral aspect of the retrospective will be the re-staging of key performances. During the exhibition&rsquo;s run, The Neo Naturists will takeover the theatre space at the ICA for a night of immersive performance, film and music.</p> Thu, 26 May 2016 17:54:18 +0000 - Royal Academy of Arts - June 23rd - July 3rd <p class="standfirst" style="text-align: justify;">With its roots in RA heritage but its focus firmly fixed on the here and now, the RA Schools Show is a highlight of the contemporary art calendar, offering a cutting-edge counterpoint to the Summer Exhibition.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This is the annual exhibition of works by final year students at the <a href="">Royal Academy Schools</a>. Each year the RA Schools accepts no more than 17 students, representing some of the exceptional emerging artists working today. This free exhibition is the culmination of their time here. In a rare opportunity for visitors, we open up our historic studios &ndash; normally hidden from public view &ndash; to exhibit painting, sculpture, video, installation and live events.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The RA Schools offers a free postgraduate programme in contemporary art. Former students include J. M. W. Turner, William Blake and John Everett Millais, all the way to Turner Prize nominee Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Eddie Peake, Catherine Story and Matthew Darbyshire. Established in 1769 and still independent, it is the longest-running art school in Britain and continues to fulfil its founding aim to support and train the next generation of artists.</p> <h3 class="dates" style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</h3> <p style="text-align: justify;">Saturday &ndash; Thursday 10am &ndash; 6pm Friday 10am &ndash; 10pm</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">We regret that there is no level access to the exhibition due to ongoing building works that will improve our site in time for our 250th anniversary. Access is via Keeper&rsquo;s House.</p> <p class="location" style="text-align: justify;">RA Schools Studios</p> Thu, 26 May 2016 17:42:27 +0000 David Hockney - Royal Academy of Arts - July 2nd - October 2nd <p class="standfirst" style="text-align: justify;">David Hockney returns to the RA with a remarkable new body of work. Embracing portraiture with a renewed creative vigour, he offers an intimate snapshot of the LA art world and the people who have crossed his path over the last two years.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">After his monumental landscape exhibition burst to life <a href="" target="_blank">in our Main Galleries in 2012</a>, Hockney turned away from painting and from his Yorkshire home, returning to Los Angeles. Slowly he began to return to the quiet contemplation of portraiture, beginning with a depiction of his studio manager. Over the months that followed, he became absorbed by the genre and invited sitters from all areas of his life into his studio.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">His subjects &ndash; all friends, family and acquaintances &ndash; include office staff, fellow artists, curators and gallerists such as John Baldessari and Larry Gagosian. Each work is the same size, showing his sitter in the same chair, against the same vivid blue background and all were painted in the same time frame of three days. Yet Hockney&rsquo;s virtuoso paint handling allows their differing personalities to leap off the canvas with warmth and immediacy.</p> <h3 class="dates" style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</h3> <p style="text-align: justify;">Saturday &ndash; Thursday 10am &ndash; 6pm Friday 10am &ndash; 10pm</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Please note, Friends of the RA must show membership cards along with a valid ID (such as a driving license, bank or credit card) at the gallery entrance. This is to ensure that Friends have the best experience possible. Membership is non transferable.</em></p> <p class="location" style="text-align: justify;">The Sackler Wing, Burlington House</p> Thu, 26 May 2016 17:40:13 +0000 Peter Cook RA - Royal Academy of Arts - June 8th - October 2nd <p class="standfirst" style="text-align: justify;">Visionary architect and educator Sir Peter Cook RA creates an installation in the Architecture Space that evokes a world of architectural possibilities through over 60 drawings submitted to the Summer Exhibition from the mid-1960s to the present day.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Floating Ideas</em> presents the opportunity to discover <a href="" target="_blank">Peter Cook RA</a>&rsquo;s architectural thinking through a series of drawings. The display includes fantastical drawings created in the spirit of 1960s avant-garde architectural group Archigram, drawings submitted to competitions, and drawings of realised buildings. Clear to the viewer is Cook&rsquo;s insatiable curiosity and keen observation of life, and his presentation of innovative architectural propositions that challenge convention and imagine new possibilities for buildings and cities. Comprised of over 60 works that Cook has submitted to the annual <a href="" target="_blank">Summer Exhibition</a>, the exhibition provides a snapshot into his early ideas, shows his evolving practice and highlights the collaborations which have energised the work.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Cook has submitted works regularly to the Summer Exhibition since the 1960s, seeing it as a valuable opportunity to put architectural ideas in front of a public. His first submission from 1964, a collaboration with the late Theo Crosby RA for Taylor Woodrow Design Group, detailed a proposal for a housing scheme in Fulham. Other early works on display include conceptual ideas such as <em>Sponge Building</em> and <em>Arcadia</em>, and competition proposals for buildings designed with Christine Hawley.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Since his election to the Royal Academy in 2003, Cook has submitted each year. These drawings, models and photographs include buildings now realised, such as projects with Gavin Robotham, CRAB studio, the law faculty for Vienna Business and Economics University, and the School of Architecture at Bond University, Australia.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition mark&rsquo;s Cook&rsquo;s 80th birthday and demonstrates how his energetic output of ideas continues to inspire. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Sunday &ndash; Thursday 10am &ndash; 6pm<br /> Friday 10am &ndash; 10pm<br /> Saturday 10am &ndash; 10pm</p> <p class="location" style="text-align: justify;">The Architecture Space</p> Thu, 26 May 2016 17:37:24 +0000 Bill Jacklin RA - Royal Academy of Arts - June 3rd - August 28th <p class="standfirst" style="text-align: justify;">In the first ever retrospective of Bill Jacklin RA&rsquo;s graphic work, etchings from the 1960s are shown alongside newly created monotypes.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For <a href="" target="_blank">Bill Jacklin RA</a>, draughtsmanship is at the heart of his work: &ldquo;It is the conduit through which I see the world.&rdquo; Through drawing and experimenting with different print techniques, he captures the light and atmosphere of his subjects, always looking, he explains, &ldquo;for the magic&rdquo;.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition is the first ever retrospective of Jacklin&rsquo;s graphic work. It includes his experiments with etchings in the 1960s through to monotypes newly created for this show. The subjects he depicts range from intense studies of his dying father to joyous representations of his adopted home &ndash; New York, the city he moved to 30 years ago. His themes are people, light and movement whether they are the bustling crowds of Grand Central Station or skaters in Central Park. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Wednesday &ndash; Friday, 10am &ndash; 4pm<br /> Saturday and Sunday, 10am &ndash; 6pm<br /> Closed Monday and Tuesday</p> <p class="location" style="text-align: justify;">The John Madejski Fine Rooms</p> Thu, 26 May 2016 17:33:24 +0000 Ken Howard RA - Royal Academy of Arts - April 28th - October 23rd <p class="standfirst" style="text-align: justify;">Inspired by Turner, Ken Howard RA&rsquo;s en plein air paintings of Switzerland reveal the landscape in a new light.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For the fourth in the Academicians in Focus series, we are proud to present a selection of small paintings by Ken Howard RA made during his extensive travels in Switzerland.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Inspired by J.M.W. Turner&rsquo;s numerous tours in 1841, <a href="" target="_blank">Ken Howard RA</a> made five visits to Switzerland, which totally changed his perception of the country. These expeditions resulted in one hundred <em>plein-air</em> oil paintings on board and canvas of monumental landscapes, reflecting lakes and historical towns. This will be the first time that these paintings have been exhibited.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Born in 1932, Howard has exhibited widely within the UK and internationally and his work is held in numerous public collections. He was elected a Royal Academician in 1991 and awarded an OBE in 2010. He continues to live and work in London.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Browse all the works and buy online on our Art Sales site. <br /></a></strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">If you are not a Friend, Patron or Corporate Member of the RA, simply ask staff at the Keeper&rsquo;s House for access to see the Academicians in Focus exhibition before 4pm.</p> <p class="location" style="text-align: justify;">Belle Shenkman Room, The Keeper&rsquo;s House, Royal Academy</p> Thu, 26 May 2016 17:28:34 +0000 - Royal Academy of Arts - April 27th - October 23rd <p class="standfirst" style="text-align: justify;">Tess Jaray RA presents works on paper by selected Royal Academicians, including Rebecca Salter, Anne Desmet and Peter Freeth alongside a number of invited artists.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Celebrating the developments within contemporary printmaking practice including etchings, monoprints, lithographs, woodblocks, silkscreens and three-dimensional digital prints, this collection explores the way in which traditional techniques have evolved and examines some of the new technologies which are offering artists ever-changing methods of producing work.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Browse all the works and buy online on our Art Sales site.</a></strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>The Edge of Printing</em> is the fourth in a series of exhibitions presenting limited editions and unique works for sale, online and onsite, by Royal Academicians and other significant contemporary artists. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">If you are not a Friend, Patron or Corporate Member of the RA, simply ask staff at the Keeper&rsquo;s House for access to see the Academicians in Focus exhibition before 4pm.</p> <p class="location" style="text-align: justify;">The Keeper's House, Burlington House</p> Thu, 26 May 2016 17:23:22 +0000 - Royal Academy of Arts - April 27th - May 29th <p class="standfirst" style="text-align: justify;">We present the results of an ideas competition which invited architects to come up with new and creative uses for London&rsquo;s brownfield sites.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">2015 saw London finally surpass its pre-war population peak. The metropolitan area of Greater London is now home to 8.6 million people, with little sign of the growth slowing down over the next few decades. As a result thoughts are turning to the suburbs or the Green Belt to help cope with London&rsquo;s population increase. But even after the urban renaissance of the last thirty years, which revitalised the city centre &ndash; in part by redeveloping vast swathes of former industrial land &ndash; many brownfield sites still lie empty, unused and awaiting development.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This provides the basis for <em>Urban Jigsaw</em> &ndash; an ideas competition we launched in July 2015 which invited architects to develop speculative proposals for brownfield sites across London. We asked for ideas that were creative, imaginative, research-driven, and, ultimately, capable of realising the potential of these missing pieces of London&rsquo;s urban jigsaw.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In October 2015 we selected four teams to move forward. In November 2015 and March 2016 they will present their ideas to an expert panel at public &ldquo;crits&rdquo; before unveiling their work-up projects in April 2016 in a month-long exhibition.</p> <h3 class="dates" style="text-align: justify;">27 April &mdash; 29 May</h3> <p style="text-align: justify;">Saturday &ndash; Thursday 10am &ndash; 6pm<br /> Friday 10am &ndash; 10pm</p> Thu, 26 May 2016 17:20:50 +0000 - Royal Academy of Arts - June 13th - June 13th <p class="standfirst" style="text-align: justify;">Richard Wilson, leading British sculptor and Royal Academician, is set to make his mark on a 248-year-old institution, the Summer Exhibition.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In the words of co-ordinator <a href="">Richard Wilson RA</a>, this year&rsquo;s edition of the Summer Exhibition is set to be &ldquo;unpredictable, stimulating and startling.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Famous as the world&rsquo;s largest open submission show, there are certain things the Summer Exhibition delivers on every single year: a panorama of art in all mediums, a remarkable mixture of emerging artists and household names, and more to see and explore than any other exhibition you&rsquo;re likely to visit this year.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Keep a particular look out for work by some of the art world&rsquo;s most successful artistic duos &ndash; specially invited by Richard Wilson RA &ndash;&nbsp;whose work will be dispersed throughout. Highlights include a large-scale suspended kite sculpture by Heather and Ivan Morison, sculpture by brothers Jake and Dinos Chapman, and an atmospheric photographic installation from Jane and Louise Wilson.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">As in previous years, most works will be for sale, giving you the opportunity to own original artworks by leading artists of today and tomorrow. And, crucially, proceeds allow us to continue providing, free, world-class postgraduate tuition in the <a href="" target="_blank">RA Schools</a>.</p> <h4 class="hours" style="text-align: justify;">Sunday &ndash; Thursday 10am &ndash; 6pm<br /> Friday 10am &ndash; 10pm<br /> Saturday 10am &ndash; 10pm</h4> Thu, 26 May 2016 17:18:44 +0000 Humans Since 1982, Peter Liversidge, Goshka Macuga, Haroon Mirza - Kate MacGarry - June 11th - July 16th Thu, 26 May 2016 17:10:53 +0000 Nick Relph - Herald St - June 4th - July 24th Thu, 26 May 2016 17:07:05 +0000 Pietro Paolini, Christopher Orr - Ibid. - May 25th - June 4th <p style="text-align: justify;">Ibid Gallery is pleased to present <em>focus (3-6)</em>, a show of fortnightly rotating works by modern and contemporary artists in intimate dialogue.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The works shown from Ibid Gallery&rsquo;s collection will be chosen for their visual or conceptual ties with the historical work they are presented alongside. With this platform, the influence that the selected 20th century masters have had on recently established artists is acknowledged and a new dialogue is created between works decades apart by tracing the lineage of ideas. Furthermore, in placing these pieces in proximity to each other but simultaneously giving the viewer space to focus on each work individually, a deeper, imaginative experience is made possible and associations can be questioned.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Every two weeks there will be a new two-person show with themes of its own and in all instances of two artists who have never before been shown together on such a level. Ibid Gallery invites the viewer to revisit the space throughout the duration of the show and will be announcing the schedule on the website and Instagram.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The third cycle will present&nbsp;Pietro Paolini&rsquo;s<strong>&nbsp;</strong><em>Lute Player (</em>circa 1630) and&nbsp;Christopher Orr&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>A Chorus Among Ruins (</em>2016).</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For more information or images please contact</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Essay</a></strong></p> Thu, 26 May 2016 17:04:26 +0000 Bernard Meadows - Gimpel Fils Gallery - June 9th - August 26th Thu, 26 May 2016 16:58:28 +0000 Yuri Pattison - Chisenhale Gallery - July 7th - August 28th Thu, 26 May 2016 16:54:55 +0000