July/August

@nourzantah

ATAXIA REOPENING AT P21

P21 Gallery announcse the reopening of ‘ATAX|A’ solo exhibition for the artist @nourzantah The exhibition is made available again for the public from the 21st until the 29th of July.

‘ATAX|A’ exhibits a series of testimonial paintings that have in various ways been inspired by the war in Syria. MORE INFO: http://www.p21.gallery/


' Voyeurism', by LAAF depicting a random male visitor observed through a handy hole in the gallery's wall between between two works by Sunil Gupta from the series '"Pretended" Family, 24 February 2020 about 1500

Masculinities: Liberation through Photography

BARBICAN ART GALLERY - Want to see the works in real life? Book your ticket now to visit the show when it opens on Mon 13 July.

Last Monday, I visited this exhibition on the gallery's kind invitation. There was plenty to see.

Men - loved, fetishized, objectified, adored, empathized with, hated - all the spectrum.Yet, when I went out through the exit end, I was thinking "More, more. It could have been much more" and indeed, I needed much more loving, fetishization, objectification , adoration , empathization, hatred. As everything that comes late, when needed, this exhibition is a good, yet insufficient beginning of the big, long rethinking and reconsideration of ... Masculinities, with plenty of beautiful work exhibited.

My favorite series are:

'Taliban portraits' by Thomas Dwarzak to which I laughed at the top of my voice. I absolutely adored those.

A very beautiful and tender series of family portraits taken upon twenty years, by a Japanese photographer whose name I have forgotten to note.

And the two narrative series : 'Exiles' 1987/2015 by Sunil Gupta telling of the photographer's many and lengthy strolls through his hometown New Delhi; and 'Fully Automated Nikon' 1973 by Laurie Anderson telling of the photographer's strolls through New York.

And many many more.

Later that evening, Facebook, the one that "cares about you and the memories that you share" reminded me that nine years ago, I have shared a picture of four naked rugby players. As a proof that, after all, nothing in this world changes.

We the least. 

These impressions were written  shortly before Lockdown on 26 February

 


7-18 July -  A Misterious Myth & Memory Exhibition

By Finch & Co is now on at Gallery Eight, Number 8, Duke St. St James.

If my intelligence is correct the opening times are 10.00 am to 6.00 pm weekdays and 10.00 am to 3.00 pm on Sundays.

Check the times opening times by calling the gallery ahead http://www.galleryeight.com/now-london/4593734833

Sahara Djinn by Charles Newington, Finch and Co's Myth & Memory Exhibition


28 June - The Triumph of the Good News or Ambitious as Usual at Eames Fine Art

Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore | Graphics

Open to the public Wednesdays - Saturdays (11am - 6pm) and Sundays (11am - 5pm) until 26 July 2020

"I really hope that you’re well and are able to make the most of the relaxation of the lockdown restrictions. We’ve found it to be wonderful to be able to see more of our family again, and we’re really happy to have re-opened the two Eames galleries at last. Bermondsey Street is a wonderful place to be (as usual!).

Although the restaurants and bars still can’t open their doors to visitors for another couple of weeks, they are being very inventive: finding new ways to sell take-away treats and setting up deli bars and specialist shops from their open windows. With the galleries and shops open now there is some life in the area and it feels really good to walk down the street seeing so many friendly faces - although still from respectful and safe distances of course! It is a wonderful feeling to have been working on a new exhibition these last few days.

The gallery is now hung with an incredible and very beautiful selection of original lithographs, screen prints and etchings by Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore. These prestigious works look wonderful together on the walls of the gallery and we all feel that there is a beautiful calmness to the room - a serene beauty amongst these beautiful works.

We’ve been delighted to see people in the galleries, it’s a joy to be able to talk about art and show off these beautiful works to fellow art lovers again, especially since all the large London galleries and museums are still shut. We operate a 1-in-1-out policy with only 3 visitors inside each gallery at a time. There is no need to book this but if there is a short queue when you come the fact that we have two galleries means that if you can’t get into one immediately you could always visit the other first. " Gallery's press release

Lockdown  

22 June - V&A and the HOFestival

To me, it is the Home Office Festival, as last year, at approximately the same time, I was given the  "cold shoulder" - on false grounds  - by both the Home Office and the festival in question - read the story 'Avalon Establishments - Glastonbury Festival & The Home Office (Part One)' under Establishments here.

Nevertheless, out of love for the V&A, I am backing their initiative by partially quoting their press release :

"Starting today, the V&A is hosting a seven-day online celebration of all things Glastonbury. Coinciding with the weekend when the world-famous festival was due to celebrate its 50th year, the V&A has delved into its collections and asked for contributions from its curators to help fill your festival void.

Home to the nation’s Glastonbury Archive, the museum will be launching a new collections page on its website as it develops an online resource for the public to learn about and navigate this amazing collection of posters, programmes, designs, interviews, film, photographs, backstage passes and other memorabilia.

V&A curators have also created new content providing an introduction to the Glastonbury Archive and the Festival’s History as well as an examination of Glastonbury and Fashion, and Glastonbury and Stage Design.

The personal memories of those that attend Glastonbury are just as important as the artists that perform. The crowd at the festival is famous the world over, which is why the V&A is today launching a call out for members of the public to send in their memories from the festival. Using the email address glastonbury@vam.ac.uk, the museum is asking for your written memories to enter the archive to help tell the story of those that attend. Glastonbury is more than the performances themselves, it is about the communal social experience of the festival-goers. The memories project will contribute towards a 360 degree mapping of its 50-year history."


Titian, Rape of Europa, 1562 © Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

NATIONAL GALLERY PRESS RELEASE - TITIAN: LOVE DESIRE DEATH extended

When COVID-19 forced the doors of the National Gallery to shut on 18 March 2020, it meant that the long planned, eagerly anticipated, once in a lifetime exhibition Titian: Love, Desire, Death also had to close after being open for just three days.

Universally acclaimed Titian: Love, Desire, Death brings together the artist’s epic series of large-scale mythological paintings, known as the poesie, in its entirety for the first time since the late 16th century.

Today, 27 May, the National Gallery is delighted to announce that thanks to the generosity of its partners and lenders, the exhibition has been extended in London. Titian: Love, Desire, Death will reopen when the National Gallery does. (It was originally due to close on 14 June 2020). Details of its tour after London will be announced in due course.

The current lockdown has also led to other changes in the upcoming National Gallery exhibition programme.

Nicolaes Maes: Dutch Master of the Golden Age –the first-ever monographic exhibition devoted to this important pupil of Rembrandt, organised with the Mauritshuis, The Hague – which opened on 22 February (and was due to close on 31 May) has been extended.

Sin – the first exhibition in the UK exploring sin in art, bringing together paintings from across the National Gallery’s collection with modern and contemporary works – was due to open in Room 1 on 15 April (until 5 July). This exhibition has now been relocated to one of the Ground Floor Galleries and will open at a later date.

Conversations with God: Copernicus by Jan Matejko, which was due to open in Room 1 on 29 July (until 15 November) has been rescheduled for 2021.

The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Raphael – which was due to open on 3 October 2020 – has been postponed until 2022.

Mychael Barratt, Urban Myths VI - Infanta de Castilla at Elephant and Castle

Eames' Mychael

Another Lockdown favourite is Eames Fine Art. The gallery remines as active and ambitions as London itself - which is precisely why it is not strictly my type of gallery - in Lockdown as in anyother time. I have no idea what it currently features on its windows, as it is situated outside my one hour one sporting activity a day perimetre, but I like going through Eames webpage ruminating on past exhibitions.

While going on with this exercise today, I found out that I've missed - 13 - 27 February 2020, ...I was working as a dog precisely then, which is why I am still eating right now - ' Mychael Barratt: A contemporary artist's response to the work of William Hogarth', which even seen on the laptop screen takes my breath away, to be seen at Eames website here.

I hope that enough audience have seen what looks to have been an excellent exhibition.  

11 May

The treasure of the October Gallery artists cardboards in Lockdown : Rachid Koraichi - Algeria/France, Hassan Massoudy -Iraq/France and Golnaz Fathi - Iran, Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga - Congo

This strange nostalgia.... doesn't allow me to delete what was there before the Lockdown... sort of looking at the wedding album after the divorce... 

The Arts Project in St Pancras Hospital, South Wing. Open to people who work at St Pancras Hospital and its patients is my favourite because it is the only gallery in town still functioning. I have no access to it at present, but it makes me good to know that it is still there available to some.

The October Gallery, because of the cardboards with works by artists that have exhibited there in the past. I love to pass by it, point at the cardboards and tell P, my English manfriend : "I've seen this exhibition. It was great"; "This I haven't seen"; "This is a very good artist and very young - 20 or so (Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga - Congo)" and so on. Now, P knows all my memories from the October Gallery by heart.

For more treasures of the October Gallery here

8 May

Art in The Time of COVID19


HAROLD FEINSTEIN - BOARDWALKS, BEACHES & BOULEVARDS

David Hill Gallery, 345 Ladbroke Grove, London W10 6HA

February 28th - April 26th 2020

Boardwalks, Beaches and Boulevards featurs the incredible monochrome work of American photographer Harold Feinstein at David Hill Gallery. In the 2015 New York Times obituary celebrating his life, Harold Feinstein was declared as “one of the most accomplished recorders of the American experience”, yet much of his photography is largely unknown. (gallery press release)


Private view at Cristea Roberts Gallery, 12 February about 1900

Vicken Parsons at Cristea Roberts Gallery

An extremely curious artist.

Untill 21 March


The Perfect COVID19 Time Show

Tintype, 6 Essex Road, 11 January about 1900

8 Artists - 8 Films

When interviewed the little dog, see above, said "Good idea, of only it wasn't so cold..."

Screening in gallery window every evening 5 - 11

Tintype, 6 Essex Road

From 10 January to 9 February

This exhibition has now passed, but I dare say its concept os the perfect one for Art in the Time of COVID 19 - pass by and see art OUTSIDE the gallery.

Come on art people - adapt. Take art to open spaces or gallery windows.

Also, this exhibition should be extended or changed with a similar one until COVID 19 is done and over.

Together with table equality, there will be plenty of art on the Mars Ship and in Elontown, as to compensate for the sensory deprivation of the Earth travellers.

We own the healthy tradition of decorating spacecrafts with original pieces of art to Galina Balashova, architect and designer of Soviet spacecrafts, who designed interiors for Soyuz, Salyut and Mir programmes. Her work is still in use in the International Space Station.

Balashova added watercolour paintings to humanize the interior of crafts : 'The landscape of my homeland; winter in the garden ... summary scenes from the beach of Sudak and the Black Sea, where I spent my holiday as a child". (Extracts from exhibits' info).

Modern forms of inspace creativity include sensory chef-d'œuvre such as the smell lamp spreading earthly perfumes (the object info describes the smells as 'from forest rain to baked earth' but LAAF smelled only watermelon and cucumber)

For space fashion see exhibition..


Tim Walker. Wonderful Things at the V&A by Caroline Fakhri

Wonderful things is the perfect title for this exhibition of Tim Walkers amazing work. From the beginning to the end I defy anyone to see his photography as anything but extraordinary. “Extravagant staging and romantic motifs characterise his unmistakable style” .

The exhibition showcases over 300 items, encompassing photographs and the V&A objects that inspired them, photographic sets and props, scrapbooks and sketches. Visitors are taken on a journey through Walkers “enchanted world”.

The show begins with 100 pictures from previous projects displayed in a “sleek white space"; his unique approach to visual story telling blurs fantasy and reality, creating pictures that can be lavish, surreal, humorous and touching. His photographs share a sensibility that is unmistakably his own.

The main exhibition contrasts with the brightness of the first gallery to reveal a darker environment rich with texture colour and sound. The first of these three rooms is illuminations and on display stained glass panels and illuminated manuscripts; these treasures inspired Walker’s pictures which hang close by.

Each of the rooms takes you on a different journey to reveal the objects that inspired Walker’s pictures. Towards the end of the exhibition a room, as if from a country house awaits you. The walls are hung with multiple portraits inspired by Edith Sitwell’s clothing in the V&A collection. Don’t take my word for it, come and be dazzled by ‘Wonderful Things’.

Tim Walker Wonderful Things at the V&A Museum South Kensington

Until 28 March