South London Gallery

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Welcome to Iraq: Come in, sit down, drink tea

by Phoebe Stubbs
at the South London Gallery is a restaging of the Iraqi Pavilion from the 2013 Venice Biennale. The original exhibition was an exercise in contrast—a casually furnished home in palatial surroundings, an Iraqi apartment in Venice. Comfortable sofas were covered in beautifully embroidered, colourful fabrics, and books about Iraq were scattered over tables alongside the artwork. In the South London Gallery the exhibition has to work harder to make the vast gallery space welcoming and ripe for... [more]
Posted by Phoebe Stubbs on 3/24/14

Nothing is Forever

by Joyce Cronin
        The difficult question of what should be the inaugural exhibition of the newly extended South London Gallery is cleverly resolved in Nothing is Forever. It is all about the building. The garden. The café. The flat for artists residencies. All have been treated to artistic intervention of the oldest kind, bringing together wall paintings, drawings and text pieces by 20 British and international artists. The original gallery floor was designed by Walter Crane in the 19 century and... [more]
Posted by Joyce Cronin on 8/29/10

A Work (desperately) In Progress

by Jeffrey Andreoni
      Michael Landy’s latest work is a continuation on his theme of destruction. A few years ago he gathered everything he owned, cataloged it and ground it into a fine powder (yes, that was him). Everyone I’ve spoken to has heard of that piece but didn’t know who did it… now you do! When you enter the gallery space of his new work entitled Art Bin, you are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of the giant dust bin he has constructed; it takes up the entire space leaving little room to... [more]
Posted by Jeffrey Andreoni on 2/18/10

A Stick that Bends Back

by David Yu
      The current show on view at the South London Gallery, , puts the viewer in an unsettling place. I wouldn’t necessarily classify this exhibition only as a video installation, but as a conceptual art experience that deeply explores narrative devices in relation to human cognizance. The work is unsettling in terms of the ease with which one is absorbed by the videos, falling quicly and effortlessly into Omer Fast’s cleverly edited video looped sequences. One leaves completely gratified... [more]
Posted by David Yu on 11/11/09

Performance Cool

by Ashley Vaughan
    When I walked into the immense white space of the South London Gallery, performance artist Marie Cool was sitting quietly at a table, pushing four white A4 sheets of paper together with such concentration, I thought the sheets would scatter to the floor, broken as concentration often is when pressed too far or held a little too long. This, I learned, was a work called , and the papers never fell, even as the tension between them sent them up towards the ceiling. Untitled 2006-2009 is a... [more]
Posted by Ashley Vaughan on 6/5/09
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