December

The Return - Series 2

I scream. You scream. We all scream for the 2nd of December❣ when doors will reopen at: The National Gallery; the V&A; Saatchi-Yates and hopefully many others.

Until then - hold your breaths, wigs and horses.


Just before the second lockdown

Sophie Layton with her work at Bermondsey glassblowing studio. Nearly all of her work is sold now - 24 October 2020

Pascal Sender's augmented reality at Saatchi and Yates

The Good Gallery Weather continues in RA's back yard so to speak; and more precisely at 6 Cork Street, the new Saatchi Yates Gallery. Where an augmented reality work by Pascal Sender, a work I called 'Meet Me by the Nuclear Explosion' depicts what looks like an unexpected and in the middle of the road encounter between a diabolically looking man and a young woman accompanied by a child at the timespace spot of a nuclear blast. The augmented reality effect of blinding light bursting through the figurs' features then slightly disfiguring and eventually melting them down was captivatingly hipnotizing for me. And I went through it over and over again. It's just under the stairwell case, and the very last work in the exhibition.

Another interesting piece is the 'Turd Barbecue' with its fumes flying away like birds... Now looking back at the exhibition I wonder, why is Pascal Sender shying away from sound - I am not saying music, just sound - ? I mean, if it is augmented, then let it be multispectrally augmented. A tone or two, here or there, plus the occasional buzzing and vibration of the tablet hither or thither would have been beneficial. And I would've certainly put a small puffing violet scented aromatiser behind the 'Turd Barbecue'. Or was Pascal Sender worried that adding sound and smell to the works would change their nature and turn them into installations? Who knows? Who knows? The least I, who even at an "old-fashined" press view dislikes to ask the artists and prefer to wonder and guess.

Seeing the gallerist - Saatchi and Yates - in the gallery has always a reassuring effect - like seeing the chef in the restaurant's salon. Further more Phoebe reminded me of Violetta of One Gallery in Sofia. Not that they have anything in common but maybe because for the first time in my life - since I was in Iraq at the age of four - I feel home sick.

At October Gallery

This October, October Gallery presents Fire Figures, an exhibition of new works by Alexis Peskine.

This follows the success of his debut solo show Power Figures at October Gallery in 2017.


The Southbank Centre presents an outdoor exhibition celebrating Britain's Black female professors

Fewer than 1% of professors in the UK are Black despite increases in overall levels of academic staff.

Adele Jones, copyright Bill Knigh

Commissioned and curated by Dr Nicola Rollock, and photographed by Bill Knight, it features portraits of 45 professors across a broad range of subjects including law, medicine, creative writing and sociology.

The exhibition runs from 10 October - 8 November 2020, timed to coincide with Black History Month, and is presented along the Southbank Centre’s very popular public riverside promenade The Queen’s Walk.


1 of the 8 WINTERGREEN BOXWOOD exhibition artists at No20

WINTERGREEN BOXWOOD at No 20

19 September - 15 November 2020

"No 20 Arts is delighted to present WINTERGREEN BOXWOOD, a group exhibition featuring works by Sholto Blissett, Sam Creasey, Gianna Dispenza, Sasha Ferré, Hengzhi Gong, Jukka Virkkunen, Xu Yang and Lingrui Zhang. Taking its name from a plant able to thrive in hostile and difficult conditions, WINTERGREEN BOXWOOD gives title to a series of paintings born out of extreme and uncertain environments, recognising the versatility and resourcefulness of artistic creation in our current climate.

With WINTERGREEN BOXWOOD, No 20 Arts presents a unique and exciting opportunity to view recent developments in contemporary painting. The eight exhibited artists are an eclectic mix, who somehow all seem to resonate together despite their differences in technique, media and concept." No 20 press release

 

1 of the 8 WINTERGREEN BOXWOOD exhibition artists at No20


Michael Clark, Because We Must, 1987 © Photography by Richard Haughton

Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer at Barbican Art Gallery, London

7 October 2020 – 3 January 2021

This Autumn, Barbican Art Gallery stages the first ever major exhibition on the groundbreaking dancer and choreographer Michael Clark. Exploring his unique combination of classical and contemporary culture, Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer unfolds as a constellation of striking portraits of Clark through the eyes of legendary collaborators and world-renowned artists including Charles Atlas, BodyMap, Leigh Bowery, Duncan Campbell, Peter Doig, Cerith Wyn Evans, Sarah Lucas, Silke Otto-Knapp, Elizabeth Peyton, The Fall and Wolfgang Tillmans.


For the first time in the UK, a major monographic exhibition of the work of Artemisia Gentileschi (1593–1654 or later), will open at the National Gallery in April 2020. The inspiration for this exhibition is the National Gallery’s acquisition in 2018 of Artemisia Gentileschi’s Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria (about 1615–17), the first painting by the artist to enter a UK public collection.

Sin at the National Gallery! Where else?

"The first exhibition in the UK exploring sin in art will be staged at the National Gallery this autumn. Sin will bring together paintings from the National Gallery’s collection dating from the 16th to the 18th century with loans from important private and public collections including modern and contemporary works by Andy Warhol, Tracey Emin, and Ron Mueck. There will be 14 works on display". NG press release


'LONDON GRADS NOW’ exhibition

SAATCHI GALLERY EXTENDS ‘LONDON GRADS NOW’ EXHIBITION TO 11 OCTOBER

LONDON, UK, 18 September 2020 – Following the successful re-opening of its main galleries, Saatchi Gallery is pleased to announce the extension of its exhibition ‘London Grads Now.’ The exhibition will now run until Sunday, October 11th 2020. In spite of the challenges caused by the pandemic, the overwhelmingly positive feedback for London Grads Now. has shown that the appetite of visitors to see new and fresh art continues to thrive.

‘London Grads Now.’ presents over 200 works by more than 150 graduating artists.

JR: Chronicles

Will be also presented at London’s Saatchi Gallery

From this November 13th to February 9th, 2021

JR (French, born 1983). Migrants, Mayra, Picnic across the Border, Tecate, Mexico—U.S.A., 2017. Installation image. Wheat-pasted poster on table. © JR-ART.NET


Cry, the Beloved Country by Gil Mualem-Doron

At P21 GALLERY

Exhibition Dates: 24th September – 17th October


V&A announces 6 August reopening date, and major exhibition and gallery openings, including the Raphael Court and new Design: 1900-Now Gallery

Initially opening Thursday to Sunday each week, the V&A will reopen in phases. From 6 August 2020, visitors will able to enjoy all of the ground floor collection galleries including the iconic Medieval & Renaissance Gallery, the monumental Cast Courts, the stunning artefacts of The Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art and the much-loved Fashion Gallery, as well as the Europe 1600–1815 galleries on lower ground floor.

To coincide with the August Bank Holiday weekend, the first and second floor collection galleries will reopen on 27 August, including the ever-popular The William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery, Theatre & Performance Galleries, and the Photography Centre as well as our Paintings, Tapestries and Silver Galleries.

The critically acclaimed exhibition Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk, which closed just two weeks into its run, has now been extended and will reopen on 27 August – 25 October alongside the museum’s Filthy Lucre installation.

A number of measures will be in place across the V&A to ensure that the museum is a safe, relaxing and inspiring place for visitors, staff and volunteers. Free timed tickets will be introduced to ensure that visitors can freely explore and discover the wonders of the V&A’s collection within a socially distanced environment. Further details on how we are preparing the V&A for reopening and the range of safety measures that are in place, from screens to sanitiser, can be found on the V&A website.

The V&A’s forthcoming programme and opening dates for the next nine months are as follows:

Bags: Inside Out – 21 November 2020 – 12 September 2021

Epic Iran – 13 February – 30 August 2021

Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser – 27 March – 31 December 2021.

The V&A’s press release