HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE ANTI ART FAIR

These are just few of the artists we saw at the Anti Art Fair at the iconic Bussey Building in Peckham this weekend. Hosted by Creative Debuts, it championed emerging artists and curators behind the Nasty Women Exhibitions in London. Whilst the location, kept secret until the last moment, was not what we expected – we assumed it would be closer to Regent’s Park to drive the idea of an anti-establishment fair home –  we loved the works on show. This is our selection.   KYLE BARNES Website: https://www.kyle-barnes.com/ Instagram: @kyle_barnes_artist…

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE LONDON DESIGN FAIR 2018

If you’ve missed the London Design Fair 2018 at the Old Truman Brewery in East London this weekend, do not despair. We were there for you. These are a few examples of what caught our attention. WHAT The silk-screen prints and posters of Jollygoodfellow. WHY Lisa and Esa Tanttu’s hand-printed images combine the best of two worlds we feel very close to: the minimalism and elegance of Swedish design with the gutsier and edgier Finnish touch. Head to their website for one of our favourites, the ‘Head First Since Birth’ poster. WHERE Find…

ANOTHER TIME AT FOLKESTONE TRIENNIAL

ANOTHER TIME XXI - ANTONY GORMLEY, 2013

Three solid cast-iron sculptures from ANOTHER TIME (1999-2013), a series of one hundred figures created by Antony Gormley, have been loaned by the artist to the Folkestone Triennial. Two can be found on the seafront in Folkestone and one by the Turner Contemporary in Margate. They are all placed within reach of the tide and, at certain times, are partly or entirely submerged by the water. Folkestone Triennial runs until 05 November 2017.   ANOTHER TIME XXI in Folkestone ANOTHER TIME XVIII in Folkestone ANOTHER TIME XXI in Margate

FRANÇOIS-XAVIER LALANNE: LA SAUTERELLE

LA SAUTERELLE - FRANÇOIS-XAVIER LALANNE, 1970

A few pieces have caught my attention at this year’s Masterpiece at the Royal Chelsea Hospital, but only one stole my heart in a flash. Or, more aptly, in a flutter. ‘The Grasshopper’ (La Sauterelle) by François-Xavier Lalanne is a striking Sèvres porcelain, steel and brass bar created by the artist in Paris in 1970. The influence of surrealism, art nouveau, modernism and more than hint of baroque can all be found in this eye-catching work of art. But it is the nostalgic journey back in time to a childhood…

WILLIAM KENTRIDGE: THICK TIME

UNTITLED (BICYCLE WHEEL II) - WILLIAM KENTRIDGE, 2012

From the moment you step into ‘Thick Time‘ by South African artist William Kentridge, it is easy to understand why this new exhibition at The Whitechapel Gallery holds such broad appeal. It is bold, dramatic, visionary and nostalgic, making art accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. The many children present seem to love it. The common denominators of the six large scale installations are themes incorporated in most of his works: time, space and history. The mesmerising whirlwind of theatrical compositions manages not to lose sight of the details whilst upscaling the spectacle. ‘The Refusal…

ANTONY GORMLEY: OBJECT

ANTONY GORMLEY - FALL 1999

‘Fall 1999’ is a collection of drawings somehow reminiscent of Antony Gormley’s ‘New York’ series of 1997-1998. Though the urban landscape has been stripped away and there is just one lonely figure per piece, they too revisit the interaction between human body and void. ‘Object 1999’ is a cast-iron sculpture of the artist’s body suspended from the ceiling of the Main Hall, a first for the National Portrait Gallery, eerily overseeing the flow of visitors on the escalator to the second floor. It can be seen from many angles within the gallery, reminding us to…

EVOCA1: THROUGH THE PERILS OF OUR YOUTH

EVOCA1 - BOYS WILL BE GIRLS

Based in southern Florida, where he moved aged eleven, Evoca1 is a painter, designer, street artist and activist. His works reflect his artistic sensibility, but also his sense of social responsibility and commitment to the local community. The name itself is a play on words: the Spanish for the verb to evoke fits well with his intentions of seeking the viewer’s emotional connection and response to his art. He founded the project “Sketches for Mankind” to raise awareness of the plight of the homeless community in Miami and to fund the purchase of food…

GUERILLA GIRLS: IS IT EVEN WORSE IN EUROPE?

The Guerrilla Girls are a group of feminist activist artists whose aim is to expose the dishonesty in politics, art, film and popular culture. They wear gorilla masks whenever in public thus achieving two goals at once: being easily recognised as a group while granting anonymity to each member. The title of this new work commissioned by the Whitechapel Gallery is a revision of their 1986 poster ‘It’s Even Worse in Europe’. In keeping with their core ambition of highlighting gender and ethnic discrimination as well as corruption and injustice in the art world, they present a summary…

JANE ALEXANDER: AFRICAN ADVENTURE

AFRICAN ADVENTURE - JANE ALEXANDER, 1999-2002

The cinematic quality delivered by the flat, dull and desaturated colours of ‘African Adventure’ by Jane Alexander combined with the eerie silence of the room do not fail to unsettle. Immediately after the first democratic election of April 1994, which ended apartheid and saw the election of Nelson Mandela as president, South Africa became a travel destination and gateway for those interested in exploring the sub-Saharan countries. The tableau gets its name from one of those first travel agencies. Returning to the theme of abuse of power, central to the…

MIKE KELLEY: FRAMED AND FRAME

FRAMED - MIKE KELLEY, 1999

‘Framed and Frame’ at the Hauser & Wirth Gallery recreates a local landmark in the Chinatown of downtown LA and consists of two separate sculptures divided by a wall. ‘Framed’ is a wishing well in the form of a biomorphic, concrete, grotto-like landscape, covered with spots of spray-painted colour and cheap religious statuary and tossed coins on its ledges and niches. A secret crawlspace with a mattress, candles and condoms is revealed at the rear of the wall. The adjacent ‘Frame’ is a 9 x 15 foot enclosure comprised of a cyclone fence,…