1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair & Malick Sidibé

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Somerset House, London WC2, 6th–9th October 2016

Dansez le Twist, 1965 (c) Malick Sidibé. Courtesy Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris

Dansez le Twist, 1965
(c) Malick Sidibé. Courtesy Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris

This year’s fair features some forty leading specialist galleries drawn from eighteen counties with a total of over a hundred and thirty artists of African origin. One special feature is an exhibition of late Malian photographer Malick Sidibé (1935/6 – 2016) – he was not sure which year he was born in.

This is the first solo exhibition of his work and although being launched at the Fair it will continue as part of the Somerset House Winter Season.

Les Retrouvailles au bord du fleuve Niger, 1974 (c) Malick Sidibé. Courtesy Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris

Les Retrouvailles au bord du fleuve Niger, 1974
(c) Malick Sidibé. Courtesy Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris

Sidibé was the right man in the right place as he was in Mali’s capital Bamako at the time of the country’s independence and he very much caught the spirit of the place though his black -and-white imagery. There are forty-five original prints from the 60s and 70s on display and they are divided into three themed areas: ‘Au Fleuve Niger / Beside the Niger River’, ‘Tiep à Bamako / Nightlife in Bamako’, and ‘Le Studio / The Studio’.

Nuit du 31 Décembre, 1969 (c) Malick Sidibé. Courtesy Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris

Nuit du 31 Décembre, 1969
(c) Malick Sidibé. Courtesy Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris

Acknowledging Sidibé’s remark that “music freed us” the exhibition will have its own soundtrack which will recall not only the nightclubs where he took many of the images but also his own studio (Studio Malick) where “often it was like a party”. He was significantly the first African artist and photographer to be awarded a Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2007.

Les jeunes bergers peulhs, 1972 (c) Malick Sidibé. Courtesy Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris

Les jeunes bergers peulhs, 1972
(c) Malick Sidibé. Courtesy Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris

The exhibition Malick Sidibé: The Eye of Modern Mali continues until 15th January 2017.

 

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A moi seul, 1978 (c) Malick Sidibé. Courtesy Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris

A moi seul, 1978
(c) Malick Sidibé. Courtesy Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris

BOOK REVIEW: Edward Bawden Scrapbooks

Edward Bawden Scrapbooks

Peyton Skipwith and Brian Webb

Lund Humphries
Hardback: 978-1-84822-184-0
£35.00 $70

Bawden Scrapbooks Covert

This is a fascinating glimpse into the life and interests of Edward Bawden, artist, illustrator and designer. The scrapbooks were put together over a fifty-five year period and as the two hundred and fifty images in this volume reveal the items selected represent a wide variety, including photographs, cigarette cards, stamps, letters, newspaper cuttings, drawings, linocuts and Christmas cards.

It is a glimpse not only into Bawden’s thought process but also highlights his interest in what other artists, designers and typographers were doing, even including Surrealism.  It is a book that one can return to time and again and find something to delight the eye and intrigue the brain.

 

http://www.lundhumphries.com

FOUND – a re-interpretation of the past

FOUND: An exhibition curated by Cornelia Parker, The Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, London WC1, until 4th September 2016
“In order for something to be found, it has to at some point in its history to have been lost”

Rachel Whiteread, Untitled (Found), 2016 © Rachel Whiteread

Rachel Whiteread,
Untitled (Found), 2016
© Rachel Whiteread

This is a hugely engaging exhibition which has been curated by Foundling Fellow Cornelia Parker RA. The idea for it comes from the Museum’s 18th century tokens, a variety of small objects left by mothers as a means of identifying their offspring should they ever be in a position to return to the Foundling Hospital to claim their child.

Bob and Roberta Smith, I Found Love, 2016 © Bob and Roberta Smith

Bob and Roberta Smith,
I Found Love, 2016
© Bob and Roberta Smith

Cornelia and more than sixty invited artists have explored the theme of “found” either through new works or found objects which are displayed alongside the Museum’s historic collections. The involvement of artists recalls the support of William Hogarth and the composer Handel in the Foundling Hospital’s early days.

Thomas Heatherwick, Seventy Years of Stirring, 2015 © Thomas Heatherwick. Photograph by Ed Lyon

Thomas Heatherwick,
Seventy Years of Stirring, 2015
© Thomas Heatherwick.
Photograph by Ed Lyon

Among the artists taking part in this exciting show are:Ron Arad RA, Phyllida Barlow RA, Jarvis Cocker, Richard Deacon RA, Tacita Dean RA, Jeremy Deller, Edmund de Waal, Brian Eno, Antony Gormley RA, Mona Hatoum, Thomas Heatherwick RA, Christian Marclay, Mike Nelson, Laure Prouvost, David Shrigley, Bob and Roberta Smith RA, Wolfgang Tillmans RA, Marina Warner, Gillian Wearing RA and Rachel Whiteread.

Alison Wilding, Cellar Frog,2016 © Alison Wilding. Photograph by Ed Lyon

Alison Wilding,
Cellar Frog,2016
© Alison Wilding.
Photograph by Ed Lyon

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The 248th!

Summer Exhibition 2016, Royal Academy of Art, Main Galleries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1, until 21st August 2016

Installation view of the Summer Exhibition 2016 (c) Stephen White

Installation view of the Summer Exhibition 2016
(c) Stephen White

This year’s exhibition is the 248th one and it has been co-ordinated by the well-known sculptor Richard Wilson RA. Noted artistic duos have been the inspiration for this years show and as you move around the galleries you will find works by more than twenty of them.

Installation view of the Summer Exhibition 2016 (c) Stephen White

Installation view of the Summer Exhibition 2016
(c) Stephen White

Among those invited are Heather & Ivan Morison, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Boyd & Evans, Tim Noble & Sue Webster, Langlands & Bell and Pierre et Gilles. Their works are among the twelve hundred works garnered from this year’s twelve thousand entries. Did I like it? Slightly more so on my second visit.

Installation view of the Summer Exhibition 2016 (c) Stephen White

Installation view of the Summer Exhibition 2016
(c) Stephen White

On arrival and departure do look at the screen on the Academy’s facade because you may have been caught on the camera that is part of Ron Arad’s wonderful 16 metre kinetic sculpture Spyre.

Pierre et Gilles Marie Antoinette, le hameau de la reine (Marie Antoinette, The Queen's Hamlet), 2014 Hand-painted photograph on canvas 154 x 139 cm Photo courtesy of the artists and Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris â Brussels

Pierre et Gilles
Marie Antoinette, le hameau de la reine (Marie Antoinette, The Queen’s Hamlet), 2014
Hand-painted photograph on canvas
154 x 139 cm
Photo courtesy of the artists and Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris â Brussels

http://www.royalacademy.org.uk

Installation view of the Summer Exhibition 2016 (c) Stephen White

Installation view of the Summer Exhibition 2016
(c) Stephen White

Masterpiece London 2016 – Preview

Masterpiece London 2016, The Bull Ring Gate Entrance, South Grounds, The Royal Hospital Chelsea, London SW3, 30thJune – 6th July 2016

Nazy Vassegh, CEO of Masterpiece with J.F. Courville, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the RBC Wealth Management 2015 Courtesy Masterpiece London

Nazy Vassegh, CEO of Masterpiece with J.F. Courville, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the RBC Wealth Management
2015
Courtesy Masterpiece London

Now in its 7th edition one can easily understand why Masterpiece has become a magnet for collectors and museum curators from around the world.  There is a great emphasis on quality and connoisseurship and the pieces on show reflect more than five thousand years of art history – and yes they are for sale.

Vetting during Masterpiece London 2015 Courtesy Masterpiece London

Vetting during Masterpiece London 2015
Courtesy Masterpiece London

Masterpiece’s chief executive Nazy Vassegh says: ‘I am delighted to announce so many exciting additions to this year’s fair. Masterpiece 2016 will have unrivalled depth and quality, and I am pleased that Masterpiece continues to strengthen every edition. We are looking forward to another great year.’

It truly is a must visit fair and allow yourself plenty of time because there are so many exciting things to see and tempt. Like me you may well want visit more than once.

Vetting during Masterpiece London 2015 Courtesy Masterpiece London

Vetting during Masterpiece London 2015
Courtesy Masterpiece London

Over the coming days I will post varied selections of what is on show.

 

http://www.masterpiecefair.com

HS Projects in the Sala Brasil

What separates us, Sala Brasil, the Embassy of Brazil in London, 14-16 Cockspur Street, London SW1, until 2nd July 2016

Rodrigo Matheus A Tale in a Thousand, 2016 mixed media dimensions variable Photo credit: Panayiotis Sinnos Funded by Arts Council England

Rodrigo Matheus
A Tale in a Thousand, 2016
mixed media
dimensions variable
Photo credit: Panayiotis Sinnos
Funded by Arts Council England

I had the pleasure of visiting and writing about HS Projects Paradigm Store in the autumn of 2014 and now I am delighted to tell you about this exhibition of Brazilian artists – Tonico Lemos Auad, Adriano Costa, Rodrigo Matheus and Matheus Rocha Pitta.

HS Projects have great skill in marrying their exhibitions with the venues involved.  This one in the Sala Brasil which has themes of trade and travel examines the value of things, including art and reflects a space that has been a centre for shipping (Hamburg America Line, P&O) and trade.  Do try and get along and see it – it is thought provoking and fun.

Adriano Costa Novos Contemporâneos / New Contemporaries-tea time 2015 Site specific installation print on fabric Dimensions variable Ed. of 2 + 1 AP Photo credit: Panayiotis Sinnos Funded by Arts Council England

Adriano Costa
Novos Contemporâneos / New Contemporaries-tea time 2015
Site specific installation print on fabric
Dimensions variable
Ed. of 2 + 1 AP
Photo credit: Panayiotis Sinnos
Funded by Arts Council England

What separates us is funded by the Arts Council with the Brazilian Embassy in London, Christie’s Education and Sound in the City as additional supporters.

 

Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday 12 – 6pm or by appointment

 

http://www.hsprojects.com

Hampstead Heath hosts the Affordable Art Fair

Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead Heath, London NW3, 16th – 19th June 2016

Sol Art An Apple a Day by Duda, mixed media on canvas, 70 x 95cm

Sol Art
An Apple a Day by Duda,
mixed media on canvas, 70 x 95cm

A hundred plus galleries and work from more than a thousand artists should mean that most visitors whether established or first timers should find something to grace their homes. Not surprisingly given the recent official 90th birthday celebrations for Her Majesty the Queen there will be works with a royal flavour.

Linda Blackstone God Save the Queen by Dganit Blechner, mixed media on canvas with paint, edition of 8 with 4 artist proof

Linda Blackstone
God Save the Queen by Dganit Blechner,
mixed media on canvas with paint, edition of 8 with 4 artist proof

Made in Arts London makes a welcome return to the Fair with works from graduates and students from London’s art colleges and reminds us how important it is to support and encourage new generations of creative talent.  The Fair’s charity partner this year is Anthony Nolan who work to help save those with blood cancer.

 

Made in Arts London Motion and Emotion by Kuniko Maeda, foam, plastic and metal wire, 40 x 30 x 15cm

Made in Arts London
Motion and Emotion by Kuniko Maeda,
foam, plastic and metal wire, 40 x 30 x 15cm

 

Manifold Editions SiD (green) by Dennis Morris, screen print, 96 x 75cm

Manifold Editions
SiD (green) by Dennis Morris,
screen print, 96 x 75cm

 

REN Fine Art In Safe Adventurous Hands by Kristin Vestgard, oil on canvas, 120 x 120cm

REN Fine Art
In Safe Adventurous Hands by Kristin Vestgard,
oil on canvas, 120 x 120cm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mint Art Gallery Where Memories Linger by Laura Fishman, acrylic on canvas, 80 x 80cm

Mint Art Gallery
Where Memories Linger by Laura Fishman,
acrylic on canvas, 80 x 80cm

 

Hybrid Gallery Cinderella's Tails by Irene Jones, acrylic on panel, 26 x 22cm

Hybrid Gallery
Cinderella’s Tails by Irene Jones,
acrylic on panel, 26 x 22cm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://affordableartfair.com/hampstead/

Girls and their Pearls!

Maisie Broadhead – Pearls, Sarah Myerscough Gallery at Gallery S O. 92 Brick Lane, London E1, 10th-30th June 2016

Ball and Chain, 2016. Ed.6 Digital c-type and pearls, 108.5 x 83.5 cm

Ball and Chain, 2016.
Ed.6 Digital c-type and pearls,
108.5 x 83.5 cm

17th century female portraiture is the inspiration for this exhibition of new photographic and sculptural works and a video piece. In the 1600s wealthy families often had formal portraits of their young daughters painted to capture their beauty but also their wealth, expressed through the fabric of their clothes and through their jewels.

Hung, 2016. Ed.6 Digital c-type and pearls, 61 x 47 cm

Hung, 2016.
Ed.6 Digital c-type and pearls,
61 x 47 cm

Pearls were the most highly prized of that era and were also regarded as a symbol of purity and chastity. Their humorous use in these works, reflect the artist’s interest in the social history aspects of jewellery and give them a 21st century context.

Shackled, 2016. Ed.6 Digital c-type and pearls, 108.5 x 83.5 cm

Shackled, 2016.
Ed.6 Digital c-type and pearls,
108.5 x 83.5 cm

 

http://www.sarahmyerscough.com

 

Call me by my name

Call me by my name: stories from Calais and beyond, Londonewcastle Project Space, 28 Redchurch Street, London E2, until 22nd June 2016

Red Carpet (2015) (c) Paul Evans

Red Carpet (2015)
(c) Paul Evans

Congratulations to the Migration Museum Project for arranging this multi-media exhibition in a month that sees both Refugee Week and the EU Referendum.

Migration is certainly a hot topic in English politics as the Remain and Leave campaigns very frequently remind us. Perhaps a moment to reflect on what the word means is appropriate.

Husham’s Tent (2015) (c) Mary Turner

Husham’s Tent (2015)
(c) Mary Turner

The word migration can be used to describe the movement of people from one area or country to another.  People moving from regional areas of Britain to London (or vice versa) could be considered as migrants.  In some rural areas people buying properties to live in an area they do not originate from are described as incomers.  Yet there is not so much of a furore about such “migrations”.

Wanderers (2016) (c) Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen

Wanderers (2016)
(c) Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen

The shanty town at Calais engenders many responses and reactions from good to bad to indifferent and this exhibition allows us to get a real glimpse of what the life of the camp’s inmates is like. Sue McAlpine, the show’s curator says of it: “Visitors will journey physically and emotionally through the space, seeing refugees and migrants emerging from a nameless bunch to named individuals, neither victims nor angels but each with their own story to tell”.

As someone who fits the description of being a migrant I warmly recommend this exhibition to you.

http://www.migrationmuseum.org

Art16

Art16, Olympia, Hammersmith Road, London W14, 19th – 22nd May 2016

 

Photograph of the fair Courtesy ART16

Photograph of the fair
Courtesy ART16

This is a truly international event with some thirty countries represented through a hundred galleries and with more than a thousand artworks on display. A third of those galleries exhibiting come from the Asia Pacific region.

Yang-Tsung Fan Swimming Pool Series – Black swimming pool Acrylic on canvas 30 x 20 cm 2016 Courtesy AKI Gallery

Yang-Tsung Fan
Swimming Pool Series – Black swimming pool
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 20 cm
2016
Courtesy AKI Gallery

Jonathan Watkins (Director Ikon Gallery, Birmingham) is curating the Emerge section which highlights young galleries while the London First section brings together galleries that have never exhibited in a London art fair before. Visitors will also get a chance to “preview” a group of commissioned artworks by Tom Ellis which will be part of an exhibition at the Wallace Collection later this year.

Gresham Tapiwa Nyaude my ying is your yang 2015 Oil on canvas 82 x 133 cm Courtesy and © First Floor Gallery Harare

Gresham Tapiwa Nyaude
my ying is your yang
2015
Oil on canvas
82 x 133 cm
Courtesy and © First Floor Gallery Harare

 

Polly Morgan Mouthing the Words Taxidermy Rainbow Boa Granite, marble, copper, palmwood, perspex and lemonwood 420 x 220 mm Base 180 x 180mm Courtesy Other Criteria © Polly Morgan

Polly Morgan
Mouthing the Words
Taxidermy Rainbow Boa
Granite, marble, copper, palmwood, perspex and lemonwood
420 x 220 mm
Base 180 x 180mm
Courtesy Other Criteria
© Polly Morgan

 

RETNA Times of blue 2014 Acrylic ink on water colour paper 30 x 22 in Courtesy Coburn Projects © RETNA

RETNA
Times of blue
2014
Acrylic ink on water colour paper
30 x 22 in
Courtesy Coburn Projects
© RETNA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vincent Namatjira The Queen and Me 2016 Oil on linen 91 x 122 cm Courtesy THIS IS NO FANTASY + dianne tanzer gallery © The Artist

Vincent Namatjira
The Queen and Me
2016
Oil on linen
91 x 122 cm
Courtesy THIS IS NO FANTASY + dianne tanzer gallery © The Artist

 

Lauren McLaughlin We Don’t Want Emotional Complications 2016 Collage and pen on paper 35 x 25 cm Courtesy Arusha Gallery

Lauren McLaughlin
We Don’t Want Emotional Complications
2016
Collage and pen on paper
35 x 25 cm
Courtesy Arusha Gallery

 

Patrick Altes The Hanging Gardens of Babylon 2 2014 Mixed media on canvas 150 x 130 cm Courtesy Lahd Gallery © Lahd Gallery

Patrick Altes
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon 2
2014
Mixed media on canvas
150 x 130 cm
Courtesy Lahd Gallery
© Lahd Gallery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Penny Byrne “Felled” Fehily Contemporary © The Artist

Penny Byrne
“Felled”
Fehily Contemporary
© The Artist

 

http://www.artfairslondon.com