Our highlights from Frieze

Some quick reflections on Frieze…

We had to tear ourselves away from the eye-catching Portia Munsen, and an overdose of plastic pinks. Gary Hume was the perfect antidote: his elegant series of charcoal and enamel flowers was great and subtle delight.


Gary Hume, Untitled, 2008/2011, Charcoal and chalk on paper, UV Perspex and enamel. Matthew Marks Gallery.

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CULTURAL TRAFFIC debuts at London Art Week!

Just in case you thought Frieze week was going to be same-old-same-old, we couldn’t be more excited to announce the upcoming first annual CULTURAL TRAFFIC, the fair for dealers in counter culture and independent producers of zines, prints, catalogues, vinyls and tapes!


Images left to right: Jill no.10, July 2985; Jamie Reid Anarchy in the U.K. poster; Martin Sharp Exploding Hendrix poster

Presented by Juju’s, the event will take place on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th October at Juju’s Bar & Stage in Shoreditch, East London.

Of CULTURAL TRAFFIC itself, organiser Toby Mott explains, ‘CULTURAL TRAFFIC is a fascinating window into the flourishing post-digital zine scene and is inspired by my visits to the L.A. and New York Art Book Fairs, where I found an exciting dynamic marketplace for the global resurgence in self-publishing. I connected with the eclectic mix of material I found there, driven by the punk ethic of self-publishing, and reflecting both a pre- and post-digital aesthetic. DIY vintage counter-culture meets radical sexual politics and activism – it all comes together within an arts context.’

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100 for £100: International Day of Peace with Ray Harmon at 129 Kingsland High Street

ArtAttack, the first social networking app designed exclusively for the art world, is delighted to announce its first exclusive print release, a limited edition work by American media artist and painter Raymond Salvatore Harmon. Entitled ‘A World Without War, it has been produced to mark World Peace Day, which takes place on September 21st, and is part of ArtAttack’s ‘100 for 100,’ (100 prints will be mae in editions of 100, each selling for £100).


The print marks the beginning of the platform’s collaboration with the world’s most promising emerging artists, giving them the opportunity to sell their work to a network of global collectors, and in turn providing collectors with the chance to buy an affordable piece of exciting art.

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Sleek Beauty: Ensō at Tristan Hoare

Walking into Tristan Hoare today I suddenly felt transported into another world. The hustle and stress of my busy Tuesday could do nothing but fade away in the symphony of black and white that is their latest exhibition, Ensō. 

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Never-before-seen Paintings by Keith Cunningham Come to Hoxton Gallery in Exciting Exhibition

Coming soon to Hoxton Gallery is Unseen Paintings, 1954-1960, a thrilling survey of works in oil by the late British artist Keith Cunningham.  

This will be one those exhibitions where perhaps the story is just as fascinating as the works themselves. Keith Cunningham was one of the most promising artists of the 1950’s, graduating from the Royal College of Art, studying alongside Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff, even being approached by Beaux Arts Gallery and showing work with the prestigious London Group. For all intensive purposes, Cunningham was going to “make it.”


Selection of works by Keith Cunningham. Courtesy of Bobby Hilson and Hoxton Gallery.

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Suki Chan’s ‘Lucida’ to open at Tintype gallery!

From this Friday 16 September, Tintype presents Suki Chan’s intrigiung solo exhibition, Lucida. Combining images, bio-medical research and individual testimonies, the interactive three-screen installation explores the fascinating relationship between the human eye, brain and vision.

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Suki Chan, Lucida, HD video still, 2016 C. Suki Chan

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Essex Architecture Weekend is Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, Saturday 10 September, marks the start of the 2-day Essex Architecture Weekend presented by Radical Essex.

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1 Clockhouse Way Estate, 2016 c. Catherine Hyland. Courtesy Focal Point Gallery

The festival, themed ‘The Modernist County,’ will pivot around three exciting sites: the Bata Estate in East Tilbury, Frinton-on-Sea and Silver End village. The goal is to illustrate how these experimental community models pioneered Modernist architecture.

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Le Chateau, Silver End, 2016 c. Catherine Hyland. Courtesy Focal Point Gallery

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HIX Award Winner Announced!

Huge congratulations to Joshua Raz, Newcastle University grad and official winner of this year’s prestigious HIX Award.

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Joshua Raz, Indoor Outdoor Tropics, Oil paint and gold leaf on canvas, 2016

Launched in 2013, the HIX Award was conceived by famed restaurateur Mark Hix and the director of CNB GalleryRebecca Lidert. It is specifically designed for emerging artists in the hopes that it can be their first step towards a career after university.

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The Hix Award: An interview with Rebecca Lidert


Rebecca Lidert, Director of CNB gallery, is one of the driving forces behind the Hix Award.  We sit down Rebecca to discuss the state of emerging art today and get a behind the scenes look at the Hix Award itself.

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Joshua Raz, Indoor/Outdoor Tropics, 2016

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Danny Rolph comes home: ‘East Central’ at CNB Gallery

British painter, Danny Rolph, comes to London with East Central thanks to CNB Gallery this September. The exhibition is made up of four large-scale paintings, all of which have been inspired by the areas of London in which Danny grew up, namely EC1, EC2, EC3 and EC4. As a child he would stand in the kitchen of his parents’ high rise flat just off the City Road staring at the city below, and in these works, which unite painting with collage, he has recreated those memories in abstract forms.


EC2, 2016, Mixed media on Triplewall

Of the works, he says: ‘I grew up in the sky, one hundred foot above City Road. The view from our kitchen window contained sunset and sunrises of the type that Tiepolo imagines populated by architectural silhouettes of St Paul’s, the Old Bailey and the Post Office Tower.’

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