Photo London 2017

Photo London 2017, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2, 18th – 21st May 2017

Isaac Julien
Pas de Deux with Roses (Looking for Langston Vintage Series), 1989/2016
Ilford classic silver gelatin fine art paper, mounted on aluminum and framed
Framed size 58.1 x 74.5 cm
22 7/8 x 29 3/8 in
edition of 4 plus 2 artist’s proofs
Courtesy the Artist and Victoria Miro, London
© Isaac Julien

This the third edition of Photo London emphasises not only the fact that this is most definitely a world-class photography fair but also what an important, vibrant role London plays in contemporary photography. Hence I am using this time just one image to celebrate the work of Isaac Julien an internationally acclaimed London-born and based artist and filmmaker.  Don’t miss this opportunity to see the best of what the world has to offer both at the fair and elsewhere in London. Please allow yourself time to visit the fair more than once – it’s well worth it.

 

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The 2017 London Art Fair

London Art Fair, Business Design Centre, Islington, London N1, 18th-22nd January 2017

Deborah Azzopardi Love is the Answer..., 2016 Limited Edition Silk-Screen Print with Platinum Leaf 121 x 87 cm 47 5/8 x 34 1/4 in. Edition of 15 Courtesy, The Cynthia Corbett Gallery

Deborah Azzopardi
Love is the Answer…, 2016
Limited Edition Silk-Screen Print with Platinum Leaf
121 x 87 cm
47 5/8 x 34 1/4 in.
Edition of 15
Courtesy, The Cynthia Corbett Gallery

The London Art Fair – this the 29th – to me sets the scene for the year ahead and gives some indication of what we might expect the market to be like.  It has a wide remit covering art from the early 20th century to the present day and has one hundred and twenty nine participating galleries.  More than a fifth of these come from overseas.

EUAN UGLOW (1932-2000) Two Peaches, 1992 oil on board 7 x 9 7/8 inches Browse & Darby

EUAN UGLOW (1932-2000)
Two Peaches, 1992
oil on board
7 x 9 7/8 inches
Browse & Darby

There are talks, tours and performances aimed at all levels of collectors and there is also ‘Photo50’ which celebrates contemporary photography. This year’s Museum Partnership is with The Lightbox, Woking who are showing works from the Ingram Collection in a special exhibition entitled ‘Ten Years: A Century of Art’.

Paul Wright 'Summer Profile' Thompson's Gallery

Paul Wright
‘Summer Profile’
Thompson’s Gallery

 

Going to the Match signed by L.S. Lowry, 1972. Edition of 300 Image Size: 52.8 x 68.0cm. Available from www.peterharrington.co.uk

Going to the Match signed by L.S. Lowry, 1972.
Edition of 300
Image Size: 52.8 x 68.0cm.
Available from http://www.peterharrington.co.uk

 

Antoine-Louis Barye, French, (1796-1875) Walking Lion, 1836 Dimensions: Height 10 in 24 cm Length 16 in 40 cm Sladmore Gallery

Antoine-Louis Barye, French, (1796-1875)
Walking Lion, 1836
Dimensions:
Height 10 in 24 cm
Length 16 in 40 cm
Sladmore Gallery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sam Burford Top Films of the 20th Century Number 1, 2016 cropped Fiumano Projects

Sam Burford
Top Films of the 20th Century
Number 1, 2016 cropped
Fiumano Projects

 

Nitin Amin Selfhood Series (detail) 2006, 28 x 33 cm each, total width 272 cm, analogue photographs, edition of 12. courtesy Nunnery Gallery, copyright the artist

Nitin Amin
Selfhood Series (detail) 2006, 28 x 33 cm each, total width 272 cm, analogue photographs, edition of 12.
courtesy Nunnery Gallery, copyright the artist

 

Maria Friberg, Belonging II, 2010, pigment print, silicone mounted on aluminium, 58 x 80 cm Pi Artworks London

Maria Friberg,
Belonging II, 2010,
pigment print, silicone mounted on aluminium, 58 x 80 cm
Pi Artworks London

 

Iain Faulkner Paris Morning 2016 Oil on Canvas 91.5 x 91.5 cm (36 x 36 in) Pontone Gallery

Iain Faulkner
Paris Morning 2016
Oil on Canvas 91.5 x 91.5 cm (36 x 36 in)
Pontone Gallery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Frieze London 2016

Frieze London, The Regent’s Park, London NW1 4NR, (the entrance is off Park Square West), 6th-9th October 2016

Pilar Corrias Gallery Shahzia Sikander Singing Suns, 2016 HD-Video Animation music by Du Yun 3'24"

Pilar Corrias Gallery
Shahzia Sikander
Singing Suns, 2016
HD-Video Animation music by Du Yun
3’24”

This year’s Frieze is a week earlier than usual and it and the accompanying Frieze Masters as well as the other Fairs taking place will make London an art lovers dream destination. Over a hundred and sixty specialist contemporary galleries from around the world are taking part and there will be a new section The Nineties where major, influential exhibitions from that era will be recalled.  The popular Focus and Live sections will also be making a welcome return.

Marian Goodman Gallery William Kentridge Sister Box, part of the Three Sisters series. Bronze Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, Paris & London

Marian Goodman Gallery
William Kentridge
Sister Box, part of the Three Sisters series.
Bronze
Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, Paris & London

The Director of Frieze Fairs, Victoria Siddall, sums it up saying: ‘Frieze has become known for its strong curated sections and this year I am particularly excited to see Nicolas Trembley’s selection of artists who changed the conversation in the 1990s. This adds to the great range and diversity of work shown throughout the fair by the world’s leading galleries. I am also thrilled that we will have two official museum acquisition funds at the fair this year, including the Frieze Tate Fund – this was used to purchase Tate’s first-ever performance work at Frieze Art Fair 2004, Roman Ondák’s Queue, which was shown for the recent opening of the new extension. In the fair’s non-profit programme, Raphael Gygax will give a new perspective on Frieze Projects, contributing to the many elements which will make this an unmissable week.’

Stephen Friedman Gallery Juan Araujo ‘Goethe’s Triangle’ 2016 Oil on canvas 40 x 30cm (15 3/4 x 11 7/8in) Copyright the artist. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London. Photography: Bruno Lopes

Stephen Friedman Gallery
Juan Araujo
‘Goethe’s Triangle’ 2016
Oil on canvas
40 x 30cm
(15 3/4 x 11 7/8in)
Copyright the artist. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London. Photography: Bruno Lopes

The popular Sculpture Park in The Regent Park’s English Gardens will have eighteen works on display (this year they will be on view until 8th January 2017). Clare Lilley (Director of Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park) who has both chosen and placed the works said: ‘From the contemplative and ephemeral to the robust and monumental, the exhibition includes the park’s first-ever conceptual work – a remaking of a rare 1969 piece by Ed Herring – and classic painted sculptures by Claes Oldenburg and Jean Dubuffet alongside a newly created work by Eddie Martinez.

Frieze Sculpture Park Claes Oldenburg, 'Fagend Study' (1975). Courtesy Luxembourg & Dayan

Frieze Sculpture Park
Claes Oldenburg, ‘Fagend Study’ (1975).
Courtesy Luxembourg & Dayan

 British post-war artists are represented by Eduardo Paolozzi, Barry Flanagan and Lynn Chadwick, whilst young and established international artists Nairy Baghramian, Zeng Fanzhi, Claude Lalanne, Huang Rui, Jose Dávila, Matthew Monahan and Goshka Macuga amplify the selection.

Mikayel Ohanjanyan, Renato Nicolodi, and Fernando Casasempere each offer newly made works, as does Conrad Shawcross, whose six-metre-high steel sculpture is a study for his major 2016 commission for the Greenwich Peninsula, while Henry Krokatsis’s imaginary sauna-shed reflects the traditional bandstands and shelters found in London’s parks.’

 The exhibition will captivate and energise both Frieze and Park visitors and I’m gratified that Camden Council has again agreed to extend the end date until January 2017, giving Londoners a wonderful cultural resource over the winter months.’

Lisson Gallery SIER160001-2 Santiago Sierra Línea de 30 cm Tatuada Sobre Una Persona Remunerada, Calle Regina # 51, Mexico D.F., Mayo 1998 / Person paid to have a 30 cm line tattoed on them, Regina Street # 51, Mexico City,May 1998, 2016 Black and White print 211 x 150 cm, 83 x 59 in © Santiago Sierra; Courtesy of Lisson Gallery

Lisson Gallery
SIER160001-2
Santiago Sierra
Línea de 30 cm Tatuada Sobre Una Persona Remunerada, Calle Regina # 51, Mexico D.F., Mayo 1998 / Person paid to have a 30 cm line tattoed on them, Regina Street # 51, Mexico City,May 1998, 2016
Black and White print
211 x 150 cm, 83 x 59 in
© Santiago Sierra; Courtesy of Lisson Gallery

 

Timothy Taylor Eddie MartinezUntitled, 2013 Oil paint and enamel on bronze 16.5 x 16.5 x 7.6 cm ©Eddie Martinez, courtesy Timothy Taylor, London Photo: Kristy Leibowitz

Timothy Taylor
Eddie MartinezUntitled, 2013
Oil paint and enamel on bronze 16.5 x 16.5 x 7.6 cm
©Eddie Martinez, courtesy Timothy Taylor, London
Photo: Kristy Leibowitz

 

303 Gallery The Nineties: Karen Kilimnik My blue pinafore sundress

303 Gallery
The Nineties: Karen Kilimnik
My blue pinafore sundress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHEWDAY'S Female figure Marble 4500 - 4000 BC. H. 8 7/16 in. (21.4 cm) Courtesy CHEWDAY'S, London

CHEWDAY’S
Female figure
Marble
4500 – 4000 BC.
H. 8 7/16 in. (21.4 cm)
Courtesy CHEWDAY’S, London

 

Hauser & Wirth Louise Bourgeois Echo IV 2007 Bronze painted white, and steel 91.4 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm / 36 x 12 x 12 in © The Easton Foundation / DACS, London Courtesy the Foundation and Hauser & Wirth Photo: Christopher Burke

Hauser & Wirth
Louise Bourgeois
Echo IV
2007
Bronze painted white, and steel
91.4 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm / 36 x 12 x 12 in
© The Easton Foundation / DACS, London
Courtesy the Foundation and Hauser & Wirth
Photo: Christopher Burke

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chi-Wen Gallery 《超距作用》Action at a Distance Three Channel Video Installation | Color, B&W | Stereo | 9min 16sec | 2015 Image Credit: Courtesy of the artist and Chi-Wen Gallery

Chi-Wen Gallery
《超距作用》Action at a Distance
Three Channel Video Installation | Color, B&W | Stereo | 9min 16sec | 2015
Image Credit: Courtesy of the artist and Chi-Wen Gallery

 

Proyectos Ultravioleta Vivian Suter Untitled Mixed media on canvas, n.d. 171 x 121 cm Installation view of Monstera Deliciosa Proyectos Ultravioleta, June 2016 Courtesy of the Artist and Proyectos Ultravioleta

Proyectos Ultravioleta
Vivian Suter
Untitled
Mixed media on canvas, n.d.
171 x 121 cm
Installation view of Monstera Deliciosa
Proyectos Ultravioleta, June 2016
Courtesy of the Artist and Proyectos Ultravioleta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Bartlett Gallery, Sol Calero Solo Pintura, 2016 Acrylic and mosaic on canvas 152 x 122.5 x 3 cm 59 7/8 x 48 1/4 x 1 1/8 in Courtesy Laura Bartlett Gallery, London

Laura Bartlett Gallery,
Sol Calero
Solo Pintura, 2016
Acrylic and mosaic on canvas
152 x 122.5 x 3 cm
59 7/8 x 48 1/4 x 1 1/8 in
Courtesy Laura Bartlett Gallery, London

 

 

 

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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

London Design Biennale

London Design Biennale, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2, until 27th September 2016

Albania Credit - Ed Reeve Images

Albania
Credit – Ed Reeve Images

This is London’s first Design Biennale and is in partnership with Jaguar and Somerset House. Its theme is ‘Utopia by Design’ and there is such a wide-range of works and ideas from writers, artists, designer, architects and scientists drawn from the thirty-seven participating countries that I will in fact leave it to you to go along and discover them for yourselves.  I really urge you to do so because it is worth it as these images suggest.

Lebanon Credit - Ed Reeve Images

Lebanon
Credit – Ed Reeve Images

The Biennale’s president Sir John Sorrell sums it up saying: “The London Design Biennale celebrates design as an international language, which everyone can understand. It does not recognise boundaries or borders. It is always seeking to make the world a better place. All over the world, nations and cities are increasingly recognising the power of design to bring social change and economic growth. They are realising that creativity, with design at its heart, can play a vital role in providing solutions to problems which affect the way people live.”

India Credit - Bradley Lloyd Barnes

India
Credit – Bradley Lloyd Barnes

 

Australia Credit - Ed Reeve Images

Australia
Credit – Ed Reeve Images

 

South Africa Credit - Bradley Lloyd Barnes

South Africa
Credit – Bradley Lloyd Barnes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shenzhen, China Credit - Ed Reeve Images

Shenzhen, China
Credit – Ed Reeve Images

 

Turkey Credit - Bradley Lloyd Barnes

Turkey
Credit – Bradley Lloyd Barnes

 

The Netherlands Credit - Ed Reeve Images

The Netherlands
Credit – Ed Reeve Images

 

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Kakiemon at the British Museum

The Asahi Shimbun Display Made in Japan: Kakiemon and 400 years of porcelain, Room 3 British Museum Great Russell Street, London WC1, until 21 August 2016

Boy on a Go Board, Kakiemon Kiln, later 17th century © The Trustees of the British Museum

Boy on a Go Board, Kakiemon Kiln, later 17th century
© The Trustees of the British Museum

This is a great celebration of Japanese porcelain which was first made four hundred years ago in the town of Arita. Japan was a latecomer to porcelain production when compared to China and Korea but thanks to domestic unrest in China it was able to quickly gain a market which thanks to the Dutch East India Company, included Europe.

Painting overglaze enamels onto Kakiemon porcelain © The Trustees of the British Museum

Painting overglaze enamels onto Kakiemon porcelain
© The Trustees of the British Museum

The traditional classic Kakiemon style of the last thirty years of the 17th century comprised of overglaze enamels (orange-red, green, blue and yellow) which were sparsely but elegantly applied to the porcelain.  It was particularly popular with Queen Mary in this country and you will find examples in many stately homes and museums too. Although the production of the classic style actually ceased in Japan in the 18th century it was copied by the Chinese and in Europe.

Four Kakiemon style dishes from Japan, China, Germany and Britain, 17th-18th centuries © The Trustees of the British Museum

Four Kakiemon style dishes from Japan, China, Germany and Britain, 17th-18th centuries
© The Trustees of the British Museum

One porcelain maker was Sakaida Kizaemon who in 1647 was thought to be the man who introduced the overglaze enamelling technique to the porcelain kilns in Arita; a fact which earned him the name Sakaida Kakiemon I – which reflects the orangey-red colour that comes from kaki (persimmon). Kakiemon I was the starter of a dynasty of potters which passes down to the eldest son and in fact the current Sakaida Kakiemon XV who succeeded his father Kakiemon XIV in 2013 has especially made a new work, decorated with acorn branches, for the British Museum.  In the mid-20th century Kakiemon XIII brought back the traditional style in a more contemporary form and that tradition continues today.

Sakaida Kakiemon XV examines his work © The Trustees of the British Museum

Sakaida Kakiemon XV examines his work
© The Trustees of the British Museum

This is a must see exhibition for anyone interested in porcelain!

 

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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

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

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