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…

A BLACK CLOUD ON THE HORIZON

SEVEN DEMONS - ROBERTO CAMBI, 2017

In Comrades of Time, Boris Groys writes: ‘We are familiar with the critique of presence, especially as formulated by Jacques Derrida, who has shown—convincingly enough—that the present is originally corrupted by past and future, that there is always absence at the heart of presence, and that history, including art history, cannot be interpreted, to use Derrida’s expression, as a procession of presences’. Roberto Cambi has shown an unwavering fascination with time and temporality throughout his career. His large scale installations might have roots in the past, but they are decidedly…

THE LIFE OF JULIE COPE: GRAYSON PERRY

A PERFECT MATCH - GRAYSON PERRY, 2015

Grayson Perry is exhibiting THE LIFE OF JULIE COPE at Colchester’s Firstsite gallery, in his home county of Essex. Perry describes Julie’s tale as representing ‘the trials, tribulations, celebrations and mistakes of an average life’, by portraying Julie’s life through tapestries, woodcuts, sketchbooks and an audio telling of her story. Seeing the smallest of details being studied and celebrated led me to reflect on other life cycles – I considered that of the gallery and the artist as well as that of the visitors. Firstsite is a relatively new gallery…

BOOM FOR REAL: JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT

BOOM FOR REAL - JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT

The Barbican is currently hosting the first comprehensive exhibition of works by American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Together with Grayson Perry’s ‘The most popular art exhibition ever!’ at the Serpentine Gallery, BOOM FOR REAL left a deep impression on me. I was blown away. Whilst I found it moving, nostalgic and melancholic, some of my friends were more taken by the underlining racial tension, social criticism and pointy sarcasm. It is not difficult to understand why, though it is not immediately apparent. Licensing the images of his works to many popular…

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

ZANELE MUHOLI AT THE STEDELIJK

JULILE I - ZANELE MUHOLI, 2016

Zanele Muholi’s works at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam belong to three different ongoing series: ‘Faces and Phases’, ‘Brave Beauties’ and ‘Hail the Dark Lioness – Somnyama Ngonyama’. Dedicated to a friend who died of HIV related complications, “Faces and Phases’ is a visual record of black lesbians and transgender people in her home country of South Africa, a project she started in 2006. Though South Africa legalised same sex marriage in the same year, it remains a country plagued by discrimination and extreme violence against sexual minorities. A place where…

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…

BP PORTRAIT AWARD 2016

JEAN - JEAN PAUL TIBBLES, 2015

An annual event to get excited about is the prestigious BP Portrait Award. Arguably the most important portrait competition in the world, based at the National Portrait Gallery, London. It is currently on tour and residing at Firstsite, Colchester, UK. Putting aside the politics of the sponsor, which is not without its protests, the competition produces incredible work. This is unsurprising with the high number of entries from an unrestricted geography. 2017 saw 2,580 entries from 87 countries resulting in talent, diversity and energy. The sum of these adjectives add…

JOACHIM KOESTER: IN THE FACE OF OVERWHELMING FORCES

JOACHIM KOESTER - THE PLACE OF DEAD ROADS, 2013

Our senses collect information and process it as iconic memory for visual, echoic memory for aural and haptic memory for touch. Some of it makes it into our short and long term memory. But do the sensory receptors retain any data in the long term? Does our muscular system store information about every movement we do? The Camden Arts Centre is hosting ‘In the Face of Overwhelming Forces‘, a multimedia immersive collection of Joachim Koester‘s works spanning the last twelve years of his career. In ‘The Place of Dead Roads‘ four performers…

NOBUYOSHI ARAKI: ARAKI AMORE

In the wake of the tradition of ‘shunga’, a 1600s sexually explicit version of ukiyo-e, the 76 year old photographer has long been recognised for his works exploring the underbelly of Japanese society. His focus is firmly centred on the great fault line between public and private, proper and inappropriate, sleazy and respectable. The blurred distinction between art and porn has caused more than a headache to the artist and various curators and museums whenever his pieces have been exhibited in the West. Whilst in the past he has found himself criticised broadly for…