ArtAttack visited the Tate Modern today and experienced a rollercoaster of emotions. On the one hand, we viewed an exhibition everyone should see, ‘The EY Exhibition: The World Goes Pop,.’ to develop their minds on traditional Pop Art and its’ relationship with politics, culture and feminism. In complete contrast we were privileged to view an artists’ experiment ‘Blindly,’ a painting workshop with a small group of visually impaired participants.
The London Art Fair (21-24 January), the UK’s premier fair for modern British and contemporary art, returns to the Business Design Centre in Islington for its’ 2016 event.
The Fair will showcase museum quality modern British art alongside contemporary work from today’s leading artists, covering the period from the early 20th century to the present day.
When I think of my hometown, Los Angeles, California, palm trees, expansive beaches and rainbow sunsets come to mind. I start to crave In n’Out Burger, hot pilates and early morning hikes in Runyon Canyon, $20 Juice Served Here smoothies (worth it, I swear) and the ever perfect ‘Trust Me’ menu at Sugarfish. I think of lazy strolls on Abbot Kinney, movie premieres taking over Hollywood Boulevard, hip hop nights at the club and performers on the Venice boardwalk. What I do not think of however, is art.
Now, before you go telling me how LA has a “killer art scene,” yes, of course I realize there is art in LA. From street art on every major boulevard, to Renaissance masterpieces at the Getty, and gallery private views with drinks flowing almost every weekend, by no stretch of the imagination is the City of Angels not a City of Art as well. However, living in London currently and having lived in New York, I never thought of my city as quite up to par with my adopted homes art-wise, at least not until The Broad.
The Broad has changed everything.
Marketed, quite accurately, as ‘LA’s new contemporary art museum,’ the building, by design firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, is a piece of art in itself gracing the skyline of Downtown LA. Inside, the vast-beyond-comprehenstion postwar and contemporary collection of philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad awaits. Just to be transparent, that’s 2,000 works of art collected over the course of 50 years, and including the likes of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Cy Twombly, Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Takashi Murakami, Ed Ruscha, Damien Hirst, Cindy Sherman and Christopher Wool, to name but a few.
‘Photographs may indeed be evidence, but evidence of what exactly? That is a question that cannot be answered by the photograph alone”
Jennifer L. Mnookin, Professor Of Law
At ArtAttack‘s most recent exhibition visit, the subject of photographic evidence was put to the challenge. Exhibiting at The Photographer’s Gallery in London is a collection of eleven cases displaying photographic evidence spanning the period from the invention of metric photography of crime scenes through to the reconstruction of a drone attack in Pakistan in 2012.
The reason this topic fascinates me is due to a previous personal project on the Evidence of Human Presence, as I have always felt a photograph is the only permanent remains of a person. Half of this exhibition is focusing on the forensic evidence of land destruction with before and after photographs of buildings and aerial views. The other part focuses on the development of criminal evidence showing us what a photograph reveals or implies, whether these images are close ups of fine details by chemist and photographer Rodolphe A. Reiss, or scenic photographs which give an image-by-image account of the state of the victims and the circumstances of their deaths by cameraman John Ford. Both are thought-provoking and demonstrate how far the medium of photography has come over a century.
The Winter Group Show is now on at Loughran Gallery on Cadogan Gardens throughout the Christmas period; introducing Parisian artists Frédérique Morrel and Corinne Dalle Ore, alongside other represented artists Piers Bourke, Nick Jeffrey, Dale vN Marshall, Dave White and Jessica Zoob.
Initially a roaming gallery existing through energetic bursts of pop-up shows featuring a variety of artists across London and the UK, Loughran Gallery has via a longer residential spell at Belgravia’s Motcomb Street, and now the bright, industrial space of 43 Cadogan Gardens in Chelsea, transitioned into a gallery with a defined and established rosta of artists.
The artists selected for the group show have been chosen for the flurry and excitement they bring to the gallery. I had the chance to speak to gallerist Juliette Loughran, as well as artists Piers Bourke and Frédérique Morrel.
With her latest exhibition, ‘All Eyez Inn,’ opening tonight at l’étrangére, Polish-born artist, Katharina Marszewski, seeks to highlight what she considers to be an absolutely integral condition of our humanity: the act of looking in.
Through work that incorporates sculpture, screen printing and photography, Katharina has created an installation showcasing our contemporary reality, which melds together the past, present and future.
Essex Road II at Tintype gallery builds on their hugely popular inaugural event last year, with an array of leading artist-filmmakers providing compelling films.
The second edition of Tintype’s Essex Road Project is comprised of eight specially commissioned short films, each inspired by the North London street from which the project takes its name, and where the gallery is also located. With subjects ranging from Helen Benigson‘s visceral celebration of the female ritual of the hen night, to Uriel Orlow’s film based around playwright and author Joe Orton’s fictional alter ego Edna Walthorpe, filmed on his doorstep.
I had the chance to speak to Tintype director Teresa Grimes about the project.
Renowned Chinese artist, Yiming Min, will make his UK debut next week with a sculpture and painting exhibition entitled ‘Therefore‘ presented by Very Art Space. The show will usher viewers into a machine-made yet natural world including a large-scale installation, sculptures and a suite of oil paintings.
The inspiration for the works is Yiming’s studio in Xiamen, China, which is located within a natural oasis of trees and wildlife, whilst still only 100 metres away from a bustling port city — the juxtaposition between man and nature informs the work. In his own words, Yiming seeks to examine the “coherence of perception between humanity and the natural world.”