New English Art
London Art News previews art exhibitions in London and reports on anything of special interest in the visual arts worldwide, from ice sculpture to body painting.
CLICK). To view tripe by the seven shortlisted "artists" CLICK.
CLICK). The figurative artists employed remain anonymous. Tut tut. This graphic is Ocean View. The jungle is very atmospheric.
CLICK). Admission costs £12.50 for adults, £9 for silver surfers. Related events are already sold out. CLICK for a BBC video.
CLICK). Above is her The Carrier (2012) made of fibreglass, silicone, human hair and clothing. I know a few people who could do with one.
CLICK for The Onion update. CLICK for the BBC News story that follows the unwitting trail from The Onion to The People's Daily.
CLICK). Admission is £13:50 or £10 for silver surfers.
CLICK). Reserve prices start at £200. All proceeds from the auction will go to the D&AD Foundation to support new projects. A limited edition of 1,500 copies of the Annual is also available from Taschen, price £34.99. CLICK for a Telegraph picture gallery.
CLICK). Here is Kate being shown round by Special Collections Manager Judith Magee. The Treasures Cadogan Gallery in Central Hall showcases 22 of the museum's most prized items, from Charles Darwin's pigeons to Guy the Gorilla and including Archaeopteryx, the most valuable fossil in the museum's extensive collection. Blown glass models of sea creatures are dazzling. CLICK for a musical slide show by Paul Kerley with voiceover by Project Director Meg MacDonald. Treasures opens to us on Friday.
CLICK for a bigger graphic. Far better portraits of Amy have been created by Johan Andersson (CLICK) and Jason Mecier (CLICK). The best I've seen is by Zinsky, on display at Clarendon Fine Art in London until 5 December (CLICK).
CLICK). The three artists are painter Regina Nieke, sculptor Frauke Wilken and Heike Jobst, who uses whatever medium she fancies. I'm still trying to figure out the significance of her Artisin, made of wax, polyurethane, steel and textile. Is it some feminist statement about girls and their knickers? The show is free, so you could trot along and find out for yourself.
CLICK). The show runs from 7 February to 26 May 2013, admission £10 or £5 for silver surfers between 12.00 and 16.30 Mondays. This Female Figure gives you an idea of the sort of art to expect. Has Man really been obsessed with big boobs for 20,000 years? To help promote the connection with the "modern mind", prehistoric artifacts will be shown alongside equally primitive works by Henry Moore, Mondrian and Matisse. Ignore the wonders of Renaissance and Neoclassical sculpture and this exhibition might convince you that art hasn't progressed for 20,000 years. Why pay to be hoodwinked by The Henry Moore Foundation?
CLICK). He closed down Red Ken's trading posts when he came to power, but thinks it's time to curry favour with the natives. He wants them all driving Jaguars built in Coventry. It's a laudable ambition, I suppose.
CLICK). Why any woman should fall for unshaven, womanising, misogynist scruff Moray is beyond me. He does his best to fleece women of their husbands' wealth, is intent upon marrying into a rich family and has fathered and disowned a child by one of his shopgirls! If Denise wants him, she's welcome to him, but I expected more sense from her (CLICK). Series 2 in the offing?
CLICK for a BBC News video. CLICK to see high quality images of the ceiling panels.
Here's a YouTube video of lovely naked ladies painted by Russian artist Serge Marshennikov, set to George Frideric Handel's sublime aria Lascia Ch'io Pianga sung by Sarah Brightman, video directed by Oleg Kymara. As always, click the bottom right corner to expand to full screen, then ESC to return. (CLICK to hear Cecilia Bartoli sing this aria.)
CLICK). It stands alongside the likes of Mulberry, Ferrari, Burberry and Jaguar as a luxury brand which flogs goodies to the wealthy. Maybe that's why it charges such high prices for its exhibitions. This year's awards, held at Banqueting House last Monday, were presented by Anthony Head, presumably a luxury brand himself since he played King Uther in BBC's Merlin. What puzzles me is that in the year of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee no award went to the Royal Family, surely the UK's most prestigious luxury brand.
CLICK) and already a naked man has perched on a statue in London. He mounted the statue of Prince George, Duke of Cambridge, in Whitehall and removed his clothes. Crowds gathered. The police set up a cordon. An eyewitness claims "two fire engines, eight squad cars and four mounted police" turned up, as well as an ambulance. Sounds par for the course! We take our naked men seriously in Britain. After 3 chilly hours the man climbed down and was detained under the Mental Health Act (CLICK). Texan student Lydia Kassa took this snap, which I've enhanced. So, big question, Auntie: Was anyone actually shocked?
CLICK to view). Both these fine paintings are from the collection of businessman John Schaeffer. Both should be saved for the Nation.
CLICK). Above is Zinksy's Barack Obama. The exhibition lasts only until 5 December. So don't dither or you'll miss it.
CLICK). This is the first ever solo exhibition by Hsiao-Chi Tsai and Kimiya Yoshikawa. Their intricate light sculptures are inspired by natural objects: feathers, sea anemones, flowers and tendrils. Shown is their Blooming Spark I (2011) made from Perspex, UV and crown silver lamp.
CLICK). Shown is Max GPinto's Porn-O-lympics series, 1 (2012).
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CLICK). She won the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize in 2008 with an earlier photo from the series. CLICK to visit her website.
CLICK). I'd leave it as is. It's rubbish as art, tagged or not, and the tagging gives it a certain notoriety.
CLICK). Just a fleeting visit to Blighty.
CLICK for the BBC version. CLICK for The Korea Times (in English) which shows a better graphic and has more details.
CLICK). Gritting its teeth, BBC News, Vienna, visited the show and has posted The shock of the (male) nude (CLICK). Its photos are coy, which rather defeats the broad-minded approach of the text. Its sauciest photo from the exhibition is Elmgreen & Dragset's Tank Top (2009), a daft desecration of Bertel Thorvaldsen's magnificent sculpture Shepherd Boy and His Dog (1817). The Leopold Museum is not averse to controversy. Back in 2005 it offered free access to naked people for one of its erotic shows (CLICK).
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CLICK). The exhibition I Found Horses opens at Art Galleries Europe London in Maddox street, Mayfair, on 4 December and trots along until 8 December (CLICK). Shown is Simple Elegance (2012) by Sally Lancaster ASEA, painted specially to donate to the show. CLICK for her website.
As it's Sunday, I thought you might have a few minutes to spare to watch a YouTube video of art by award-winning David Gray, an American classical realistic artist who paints portraits and still lifes. CLICK to visit his excellent website and see more of his superb work.
CLICK). The exhibition explores Churchill's transatlantic ancestry, bringing together 50 objects, half of which have never been on public display before. For me, the star of the show is this sublime charcoal sketch of Jennie Jerome, Sir Winston's American mom, by John Singer Sargent, one of the finest artists ever to have worked in Britain. BBC News has posted a slide show of some of the items on display: CLICK. Ignore the daft title of the exhibition; it reflects the old nature/nurture debate in Psychology and implies that Sir Winston's leadership skills were genetically inherited. Clearly this case is nurture at its most blatant.
CLICK). The show will feature work by the 26 shortlisted artists in a variety of media including photos. The winner will be announced next Tuesday (CLICK). "The Young Masters Art Prize is a unique, not-for-profit biennial competition open to international and UK-based artists who combine skill and innovation with awareness of the Old Masters and art of the past. It aims to give global recognition to artists in the early stages of their career." Shown is Derrick Santini's photo Goddess of Love (shades of Leda And The Swan by Rubens, Leonardo, Boucher et al).
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CLICK). I can't imagine anyone in his right mind calling this rubbish "art", let alone awarding it a prize. What is even more amazing is that The Discerning Eye - a misnomer to anyone who appreciates art - is a registered charity with the aim of encouraging a wider understanding and appreciation of the visual arts! Gimme strength! The exhibition wastes space at the Mall Galleries in London until 25 November, admission free (CLICK).
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CLICK). The show features more than 350 works of art and design by over 180 RCA graduates and staff. The alumni include junk peddlers Henry Moore and Tracey Emin. The Telegraph sent a photographer and his girlfriend to the media preview and recorded some dire rubbish (CLICK). A Porsche 991 designed by Matthias Kulla and his team and David Mach's Spike, a cheetah made from hundreds of wire coat hangers, are as good as it gets. I can't see much to celebrate here, RCA.
CLICK). The author pieces together Banksy's rise to fame through conversations with Banksy's friends and enemies, those who knew him in his unnoticed days and those who have watched him try to come to terms with his newfound success. How much of this is accurate is anyone's guess. Take it with a pinch of salt, is my advice, like the news that this is a "new" book.
CLICK). Tomorrow his first portfolio of limited-edition prints, numbered and signed by him, is unveiled at the Eleven Fine Art gallery in London: Some People (CLICK). New unseen images will be shown alongside reworked versions of his most famous portraits. His sitters include Nicole Kidman (above), Sienna Miller, Dennis Hopper, and Erin O’Connor.
CLICK). I noticed that the gallery is seeking proposals from artists for new shows. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
CLICK for a Telegraph slide show.) With a day of strikes and protests across debt-ridden EU countries, including Spain and Italy, I can't help wondering if Penelope isn't being waved as a red rag to a bull (CLICK).
CLICK to browse them and note the auction date for any you fancy. Top is Charlie Bowater's concept art Girl With Flute for Atomhawk's game The Realm (bid now). Bottom is Brittany Fuerst's artwork for Aldorlea Games' Millennium - A New Hope (bid 19/11/12).
CLICK). The Horse in Art 2012 opens on 20 November and gallops along until 1 December (CLICK). Sculptures as well as paintings will be shown by some of the top professional artists in the field. If you share a passion for horses, this show is a must. Equestrian artist Sally Lancaster ASEA kindly sent me this graphic of one of the unusual paintings of polo ponies she will be displaying at the show: Beach Ball. CLICK to visit Sally's website. She also paints human portraits and pets as well as horses.
CLICK)? The show runs from 15 to 25 November. Admission is free.
CLICK). As you can see from the detail of this exquisite Peacock, the ornamental textiles on display from Japan’s Meiji era (1868–1912) are outstanding. Tickets are £6 adult, £4 silver surfer. Running alongside this show is Happy Birthday Edward Lear: 200 Years of Nature and Nonsense (CLICK). You can visit both exhibitions with a discounted combined ticket.