The London Illustration Fair @ Hoxton Arches / from Friday 10th July until Sunday 12th July 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Friday 2pm–10pm
Saturday 12–8pm
Sunday 12–6pm

@ Hoxton Arches, Arch 402, London E2 8HD

Tickets: £5 general admission (students get 50% off Friday launch party tickets with promotional code ‘cosmic’)

www.thelondonillustrationfair.co.uk

Back with their fourth event Summer Festival: Psychedelia. A psychedelic inspired cosmic universe, showcasing mind altering artworks from creative agencies, collectives, publications, textile designers, visual artists and print studios from around the UK.

Line-up and activities:
14 exhibitor stands, including Material Gallery, Belly Kids, Pirrip Press, Brothers of the Stripe, Ben Oakley Gallery, East London Printmakers, Not Another Bill, The Flood Gallery and many more.

A featured wall, exhibiting exclusive prints from a selection of handpicked artists. Keep you eyes peeled for the likes of Steve Thomas, Paul Blow, Saskia Pomeroy, Supermundane and Pâté. But hurry, each print is in an edition of 20 so once it’s sold, it’s gone for good!

‘Print your own Magic Mushroom’ screen printing workshop with Hello Print Studio, silent Wes Wilson auction, The London Illustration Fair print shop, street food vendors, live music, DJs and a fully stocked summer bar.

Signage tomfoolery! @hoxton_arches

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Richard Prince: New Portraits @ Gagosian Gallery / until 1st August 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Tue–Sat 10-6

@ Gagosian Gallery, 17-19 Davies Street, London W1K 3DE

Free entry

www.gagosian.com

Innovative love it or hate it exhibition showcasing plagiarised works designed to make you think about all the taboo subjects including sexuality, feminism, stereotypes and people’s roles in society.

‘In 1984 I took some portraits. The way I did it was different. The way had nothing to do with the tradition of portraiture. If you wanted me to do your portrait, you would give me at least five photographs that had already been taken of yourself, that were in your possession (you owned them, they were yours), and more importantly . . . you were already happy with. You give me the five you liked and I would pick the one I liked. I would rephotograph the one I liked and that would be your portrait. Simple. Direct. To the point . . .’

Sprayed @ Gagosian Gallery / until 1st August 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Tue–Sat 10am-6pm

@ Gagosian Gallery, 6-24 Britannia St, London WC1X 9JD

Free entry

www.gagosian.com

This extensive exhibition spanning four generations explores the myriad ways in which artists have employed the impulsive yet de-personalized and non-gestural forces of SPRAY.

It begins with Paul Klee’s work on paper Seltsames Theater (1929), where he improvised with a blowpipe to achieve hazy background effects in a circus scene. This tentative experiment presaged the bold and diverse artistic licence that would come with the post-war advent of aerosol paint as a consumer product and the use of the industrial paint compressor.

From the mid-1950s, sculptor David Smith sprayed enamels over various studio objects and offcuts laid on canvas and paper as stencils; the resulting images recalled Paleolithic cave paintings made by blowing pigment over hands pressed flat. John Chamberlain blurred the lines between painting and sculpture by torquing scrap automobile parts into painterly abstractions, then enhancing the original paint surface with fresh sprays of coloured lacquer. Lawrence Weiner’s interaction with the medium resulted in a simple, dispassionate instruction: Two Minutes of Spray Paint Directly Upon the Floor From a Standard Aerosol Spray Can (1968); while Martin Barré tested it at different distances and pressures in a series of rapid strikes producing sequences of stripes and cryptic punctuations on paper.

From the late sixties, spray assumed a new scale and level of exposure, from Dan Christensen’s vast “post-painterly” abstractions—where he used a spray gun to create intersecting coloured loops of paint alive with cool-tempered energies—and Jules Olitski’s ethereal gradations of tone, texture, and depth; to Richard Artschwager’s furtive urban Blps; Jean-Michel Basquiat’s existential aphorisms tagged on New York City walls; and Keith Haring’s exuberant political pictography that covered bodies, canvases, and subways. In the ultimate debunking of Ab Ex posturing, Andy Warhol produced a series of alchemical Oxidation Paintings by urinating on canvases primed with metallic paint.

Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector @ Barbican Art Gallery / until 25th May 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Sat–Wed: 10am–6pm
Thu–Fri: 10am–9pm
Bank Holiday Mondays: 12–6pm

@ Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Tickets: £12 book online

www.barbican.org.uk

This is the first major exhibition in the UK to present the fascinating personal collections of post-war and contemporary artists. Ranging from mass-produced memorabilia and popular collectibles to one-of-a-kind curiosities, rare artefacts and specimens, these collections provide insight into the inspirations, influences, motives and obsessions of artists.

While some artists are connoisseurs, others accumulate hoards of objects, never letting anything go. Many live with and make direct use of their collections and others keep them under wraps or in storage. Collecting objects for research and study is key to the practice of many artists in the exhibition. Presented alongside examples of their work, their collections, in turn, help to elucidate their art.

Featured artists:
Arman
Peter Blake
Hanne Darboven
Edmund de Waal
Damien Hirst
Howard Hodgkin
Dr Lakra
Sol LeWitt
Martin Parr
Jim Shaw
Hiroshi Sugimoto
Andy Warhol
Pae White
Martin Wong/Danh Vo

Inventing Impressionism @ National Gallery / until 31st May 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10am – 6pm (Fri, 10am – 9pm)

@ National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

Tickets: £16 book online

www.nationalgallery.org.uk

Impressionism is one of painting’s best loved movements, but in its time it was highly controversial. If it weren’t for the efforts of the art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel – who tirelessly championed the likes of Monet, Pissarro, Degas and Renoir – many of its greatest works would have never gained precedence.

This exhibition at the National Gallery focuses specifically on Durand-Ruel, fierce advocate and loyal friend of the Impressionists. He became the group’s most courageous backer during the 1870s when their work was still being ridiculed or ignored. ‘Without him’, said Monet, ‘we wouldn’t have survived’.

Slinakachu: Miniaturesque @ Andipa Gallery / Friday 13th March until 11th April 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Monday to Friday 9.30am to 6.00pm
Saturday 11.00am to 6.00pm

@ Andipa Gallery, 162 Walton Street, London, SW3 2JL, UK

Free entry

www.andipa.com

Shot in London during different seasons over the past year, Slinkachu’s new body of work draws upon our desire to seek out and recreate the natural world amongst the urban metropolis.

His miniature people, photographed on the streets of London and then left in situ – or “abandoned” – by the artist, explore the hidden enclaves of the wild within our city. Slinkachu captures idyllic glades and green pastures, in reality weeds and moss that appear through cracks in the concrete, and comment on our modern society’s detachment from nature.

The new works employ irony, humour and a healthy dose of reality; despite their fantastical situations, the miniature figures we observe are not so dissimilar to ourselves, living in the shadows between the real and artificial.

Cut-Glass Accents: Dialogues for Japanese Edo Crystal @ Embassy of Japan in the UK / Monday 26th January – 6th February

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 09:30-17:30

@ The Embassy of Japan in the UK, 101-104 Piccadilly, London W1J 7JT

Free entry

www.cutglassaccents.com

A special one-off exhibition celebrating stunning Edo Kiriko (Japanese cut glass). Unique collaboration between master craftsman from Tokyo and leading Japanese chef to showcase the true beauty of Edo Kiriko.

Shinebright @ Wrapping Gallery / until Wednesday 17th December 2014

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 11:00-19:00

@ The Wrapping Gallery, 15 Bateman Street, Soho, London W1D 3AQ

Free entry

www.shinebrightstudio.co.uk

Following on from the summer’s successful Shinebright studio, created to nurture and promote young creative talent, glacéau vitaminwater’s exciting new project, the ‘wrapping gallery’ is celebrating the work of local artists whilst offering people the chance to make sure their special gifts Shinebright this Christmas.

With infamous London-based painter and street artist Inkie* at the helm, the wrapping gallery will house 10 emerging artists including Jack Hudson, Lynnie Zulu, Lucy Vigrass and the Day Job collective. The team of artists are designing, screenprinting, illustrating, block printing, stamping and stenciling rolls upon rolls of gigantic wrapping paper with their own designs and interpretations of what it means to shine bright.

The space will be a destination for busy shoppers to seek calm and inspiration. A place to have their carefully selected gifts wrapped by professionals in one-off sheets of paper created on-site before their eyes by an array of talented young artists.

The Institute of Sexology @ Wellcome Collection / until 20th September 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Mon closed
Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat 10:00-18:00
Thu 10:00-20:00
Sunday 11:00-18:00

@ Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE

Free entry

www.wellcomecollection.org

‘The Institute of Sexology’ is a candid exploration of the most publicly discussed of private acts.

Undress your mind to investigate human sexuality at ‘The Institute’, the first of the longer exhibitions. Featuring over 200 objects spanning art, rare archival material, erotica, film and photography, this is the first UK exhibition to bring together the pioneers of the study of sex.

Supermalt Art Exhibtion @ Hoxton Gallery / Friday 14th November 2014

TIME AND PLACE:supermalt

Doors: 12:00 – 20:00

@ Hoxton Gallery, 9 Kingsland Rd, London, E2 8AA

Entry: FREE

www.supermalt.com

Friday 14th – Saturday 15th November

For two days the renowned Hoxton gallery will be showcasing a collection of work from nine London based artists and photographers. The pieces on show explore each of the creator’s individual interpretations of the unique culture and iconic status connected to the malt drink that’s been sold in the UK for over 30 years.

Exhibiting artists include Dum-Doodles, UltraFry, WillKay, London based photographer SODIQ, Venisha Francis, Gio Muscat, Abi Wright and the collective Guns n Butta.

There will also be heaps of Supermalt for all guests.