THE FUTURE CAN WAIT presents: Polemically Small
Touring from Torrance Art Museum in California, this exhibition is based on the idea that small, today, is often much better than big. Featuring over 80 British or British based artists who all work on paper and none bigger than A3 in size, it invites viewers to engage with art intimately.
The exhibition in Torrance was almost certainly the largest display, in terms both of the number of artists, and also in terms of stylistic variety, of new British and British-based art ever seen in California. This exhibition reflects the do it yourself attitude of the curators, standing against bureaucracy and top down institutionalism, and demonstrates how young artists and committed curators can mount major events in difficult times.
Knowing how strong this show was the curator's considered it amiss not to present it in London. Despite the significantly reduced physical space from Torrance Art Museum to CHARLIE SMITH london, the curators look forward to mounting a huge show of small work in an intimate location, re-emphasising the fact that big is not always better than small.
The Future Can Wait was launched in 2007 by Zavier Ellis and Simon Rumley. Conceived to provide a platform for emerging artists of the highest standard, The Future Can Wait has taken place each year during
Zavier Ellis is the Director of CHARLIE SMITH london. He is also co-founder of the museum scale show for emerging artists The Future Can Wait and has curated exhibitions internationally including in Berlin, Helsinki, Klaipeda, Los Angeles, Naples, Rome and London. Known as an acute talent spotter he has identified and exhibited a number of important young artists straight from art college including David Blandy, Tessa Farmer, Sam Jackson, Monica Ursina Jäger, Annie Kevans, Nika Neelova and Douglas White. Zavier is also a practicing artist and has most recently exhibited at Paul Stolper Gallery in
Edward Lucie-Smith is an internationally known art critic and historian who is also a curator, a published poet, an anthologist and a practicing photographer. He has published more than one hundred books in all, chiefly but not exclusively about contemporary art. Edward is generally regarded as the most prolific and the most widely published writer on art in the
Max Presneill is a
Simon Rumley founded the auspicious New London Kicks in 2005. An annual exhibition sponsored by The Armory Show, New London Kicks promoted British contemporary and emerging artists in
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