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Deptford X festival from 21 September – 30 September 2018

Since 1999 Deptford X has brought an annual art extravaganza to the unique setting of Deptford, combining work by invited artists with that of the area’s diverse creative communities. Since 2016, a revitalised programme has focused on commissioning cutting-edge work by emerging artists and a radically open, artist-centred approach. 👌🏽

At its heart are two programmes which together give the festival its unique character:

  • Platform, a set of five commissions for emerging artists in public spaces
  • Fringe, an expansive open programme of independent projects

Deptford X will also present a commissioned Special Project and a range of tours, talks and learning activities.

Festival programmes will take place over 10 days in a wide range of public sites and spaces; many projects will engage audiences in active and unexpected ways.

www.deptfordx.org

Location:
Around Deptford, start your visit at the home, St Paul’s House, 1 Market Yard, London SE8 4BX

Times:
Various

Price:
Free

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up at V&A until 4 November 2018

This exhibition presents an extraordinary collection of personal artefacts and clothing belonging to the iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. 🇲🇽

Locked away for 50 years after her death, this collection has never before been exhibited outside Mexico.

www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/frida-kahlo-making-her-self-up

Location:
V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum),

Times:
10 am – 5:45 pm

Price:
£15 book online

Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern at Fashion and Textile Museum until 23 September 2018

Orla Kiely is one of the UK and Ireland’s most successful designers. Her stylized graphic patterns are innovative, influential and instantly recognisable. With a global audience in thrall to the rhythms and repeats of her designs, this exhibition explores the power of decoration to transform the way we feel. 🙋‍♀️

Featuring over 150 patterns and products, as well as collaborations with photographers, film directors and architects, Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern emphasises the role of ornament and colour in our everyday lives.

Highlights include the original paper sketches for the trademark ‘Stem’ graphic, created in the 1990s, which has evolved to feature on everything from mugs and dresses to notebooks and even cars, plus prototypes for her early signature bags and the evolution of the iconic ‘Pear’ and ‘Flower’ designs. With unique access to the company archives, the exhibition offers a privileged insight into the designer’s world – how she works, what has inspired her, and why her facility with pattern has produced designs that have resonated around the world. This exhibition is a must-see opportunity for everyone interested in the changing look of the 21st century environment.

www.ftmlondon.org/ftm-exhibitions/orla-kiely-life-in-pattern

Location:
Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF

Times:
Tuesdays to Saturdays 11am – 6pm
Thursdays 11am – 8pm
Sundays 11am – 5pm

Price:
£9.90 book online

Nøtel: Lawrence Lek & Kode9 at arebyte Gallery until 1 September 2018

Nøtel is an immersive, two-chapter, multimedia installation by London-based artist Lawrence Lek created in collaboration with electronic musician Kode9 (Steve Goodman). The project installation transforms the gallery into a marketing suite for the fictional Nøtel Corporation, advertising future plans for a global expansion of the hotel chain. The exhibition uses similar conventions of property marketing, including a video trailer and virtual reality, to conjure an image of a future luxury hotel as if it will be developed on site. 🌍 🌎 🌏

Set in a future London, where elite society no longer requires permanent housing but rather stays in temporary accommodation, Nøtel speculates on critical issues surrounding the newly-regenerated areas of the capital, including London City Island, where the exhibition’s first iteration is situated. Nøtel uses speculative architecture as a tool to imagine the future of these developments, and to address ideas around the politics of labour and an automated workforce, juxtaposed with notions of alienation and belonging.

Nøtel proposes a globalised, standardised way of living. Its alternative approach would alleviate the overpopulation of cities and the struggles of obtaining property, promoting an economic model which saves money by replacing humans with AI to complete menial tasks. Nøtel exposes the fine line between cost-efficiency and hyper-luxury – after checking in at the Nøtel, residents are left alone, broaching the question of hypothetical social-realism and what luxurious lifestyle means for future generations.

The site-specific installation relates to the rapid transformation of a post-industrial area into a new vision of urban living. The project was co-commissioned with Stroom Den Haag in the Netherlands, integrating ideas about European globalisation and the city’s political culture of international justice and conflict mediation, as well as its cyber security industry. The project will relocate to Stroom in September 2018. In this iteration, Nøtel is upgraded with militarised architectural features and high-tech surveillance, referring to the billion-euro industry under the moniker of Hague Security Delta – a think-tank, consultancy and interest group connecting governments to commercial tech corporations, weapons manufacturers and cyber agencies – at once representing the official future vision for the region and remaining completely invisible in the city’s architecture.

The project continues Lek’s exploration of architectural visualisation as a means to explore the critical and aesthetic issues surrounding urban development. The installation enables visitors to reflect on how digital rendering can manipulate the public’s perception of space.

CEØ statement: “Nøtel Corporation is proud to present our first virtual reality advertisement for the Nøtel, our flagship range of zerø-star™* hotels that embody the concept of fully-automated luxury. Designed by world-leading architects to accommodate today’s global nomads, you can rest assured that your secrecy and security is of the utmost importance. Why not indulge in the intelligent sound system at the piano bar, or bathe in the glow of our thermal spa?”

www.arebyte.com/lawrence-lek

Location:
Java House, 7 Botanic Square, London City Island, E14 0LG

Times:
Tuesday – Saturday 12pm – 6pm

Price:
Free entry

Banksy: Greatest Hits 2002 – 2008 at Lazinc Sackville until 25 August 2018

Diving into the gallery’s street-art roots, showcasing an exhibition featuring Banksy’s most iconic images. The powerful show will explore the anonymous artist’s most well-known artworks, including Girl and Balloon, 2006; an artwork that was voted as the nation’s favourite in 2017. 🎨 🖌 🖼

Lazinc’s link to Banksy started with co-founder Steve Lazarides, who met the anonymous artist in 1997 when he took his portrait for Sleaze Nation magazine. Soon after, Steve Lazarides was Banksy’s official photographer and gallerist. Together they staged some of Banksy’s most well-known exhibitions such as Crude Oil, Barely Legal and Turf War. Although the pair parted ways in 2008, Lazinc continue to champion the secondary-market when it comes to Banksy Originals and Prints and this exhibition will be no different.

This will be the first UK exhibition which allows visitors to see Banksy’s work all in one place; from stenciled canvases, to unique paintings, to limited-edition prints and many more. The unique collection will reaffirm how relevant the anonymous artist’s social and political comments are in today’s world, whilst letting art enthusiasts view works they may have never known existed.

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www.lazinc.com/exhibitions/banksy-greatest-hits-2002-2008

Location:
Lazinc Sackville, 29 Sackville Street, Mayfair London W1S 3DX

Times:
Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 6pm

Price:
Free entry

Frieze Sculpture at Regent’s Park until October 2018

Last year, the first-ever summer Frieze Sculpture was a resounding success, with Regent’s Park visitors enjoying exceptional sculpture by artists from around the world. The 2018 edition is just as expansive and diverse, so that the public and collectors alike can experience world-class artwork in the beautiful English Gardens, designed by Markham Nesfield in 1866. 😍 🌳

‘The aim is for the exhibition will give pause for thought as well as great pleasure, and that visitors to Regent’s Park will have a snapshot of the fantastic imagination of artists and variety of sculpture being made today’ – Clare Lilley, Curator

Featuring works by 25 contemporary and modern artists presented by world-leading galleries. Selected and placed by Clare Lilley (Director of Programme, Yorkshire Sculpture Park), Frieze Sculpture will create an exceptional cultural attraction at the heart of the city, for Londoners and international visitors alike.

25 artists from five continents, including:
Larry Achiampong, John Baldessari, Rana Begum, Yoan Capote, James Capper, Elmgreen & Dragset, Tracey Emin, Tim Etchells, Rachel Feinstein, Barry Flanagan, Laura Ford, Dan Graham, Haroon Gunn-Salie, Bharti Kher, Kimsooja, Michele Mathison, Virginia Overton, Simon Periton, Kathleen Ryan, Sean Scully, Conrad Shawcross, Monika Sosnowska, Kiki Smith, Hugo Wilson and Richard Woods.

www.frieze.com/sculpture-2018

Location:
English Gardens, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4JL

Times:
July 5am – 9:30pm
August 5am – 9pm
September 5am – 8pm
October 5am – 7pm (British Summer Time)
October 5am – 5:30pm (Greenwich Summer Time)

Price:
Free entry!

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The London Mastaba at Serpentine Lake until 23 September 2018

Christo and Jeanne-Claude are celebrated for their ambitious sculptural works that intervene in urban and natural landscapes around the world and temporarily alter both the physical form and visual appearances of sites. 😃

This summer, in the heart of London, the Serpentine Galleries presents a major exhibition of the artists’ work, which draws upon their use of barrels to create artworks. Simultaneously, Christo presents The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park 2016 – 2018, a temporary floating sculpture on The Serpentine lake.

www.serpentinegalleries.org

Location:
Serpentine Galleries, Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA

Times:
10am – 6pm

Price:
Free entry

Petra Cortright: Pale Coil Cold Angel at Nahmad Projects until 20 July 2018

Solo exhibition by Petra Cortright featuring works in 2D, 3D, and video. The artist presents stone sculptures for the first time in the form of three works carved from white Carrara marble, with a six-metre wide quadriptych being the largest painting by the artist to date. 🎨

A video installation is the latest in her “painting video” series. Cortright is a twenty-first century painter using contemporary tools. The Los Angeles-based artist is a celebrated member of a diffuse group known as “post internet” artists, who explore the effect of digital culture on the development of fine art.

After a series of critically acclaimed webcam performances distributed on YouTube, the artist consolidated her practice by using Photoshop to make paintings using brushes and images mined from internet search engines. Her use of platforms like Pinterest subverts traditionally gender normative content such as flowers and interiors, freeing this imagery into expansive digital landscapes.

The title of the show is also drawn from search terms used online. A final painting is a captured still from a master file that could be modified endlessly, so while her two-dimensional objects are static, they suggest dynamic change in reference to their source.

www.nahmadprojects.com/exhibition/pale-coil-cold-angel-petra-cortright

Location:
Nahmad Projects, 2 Cork Street, London W1S 3LB

Times:
10am – 6pm Monday – Friday

Price:
Free entry

Lee Bul at Hayward Gallery until 19 August 2018

Lee Bul transforms Hayward Gallery into a spectacular dream-like landscape featuring monstrous bodies, futuristic cyborgs, glittering mirrored environments and an exquisitely surreal monumental foil Zeppelin. 👀 😊 🇰🇷

Bringing together more than 100 works from the late 1980s to the present day, this exhibition explores the full range of Lee Bul’s pioneering and thought-provoking practice, from provocative early performances to recent large-scale installations that attempt to get our body and our brain ‘working at the same time, together’.

For the past three decades, Lee Bul has drawn on diverse sources that include science fiction, visionary architecture and personal experience, whilst making use of deliberately clashing materials that range from silk and mother of pearl to fibreglass and silicone. At the core of her most recent work is an investigation into landscape, which for the artist includes the intimate landscape of the body, ideal or fictional landscapes and the physical world that surrounds us.

www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/hayward-gallery-art/lee-bul

Location:
Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, 337-338 Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Times:
11am – 7pm every day (Thursday until 9pm)
Closed on Tuesdays

Tickets:
From £13 book online

True Colours – Helen Beard / Sadie Laska / Boo Saville at Newport Street Gallery until 9 September 2018

Bringing together three emerging artists – Helen Beard (b.1971, Birmingham), Sadie Laska (b.1974, West Virginia) and Boo Saville (b.1980, Norwich) – that, despite using paint in very different ways, all share an interest in exploring the possibilities of colour. Featuring over fifty works, the show is the largest exhibition to date for each artist.

Helen Beard uses a vivid rainbow palette to create interlocking arrangements of bright primary colour, which combine to describe explicit sexual encounters. Working from found images, Beard’s work explores themes relating to gender, sexual psychology and eroticism. Situated part way between abstraction and representation, her figures are reduced to concisely defined fields of vibrant colour, on which a myriad of varied brush marks remain visible. Including a number of new works, one of which is a monumental diptych (The Mirror, 2018), each canvas measuring 3226 x 2743mm, the exhibition spans eight years of Beard’s practice.

New York-based artist Sadie Laska creates dreamlike compositions using paint and collage. Evoking the rebellious post-Pop aesthetic of New York, Laska often incorporates recycled waste materials and found objects into her paintings, sometimes reworking parts of earlier canvases entirely. In Untitled (Pepsi Shape), 2017, the canvas is carved up into contrasting areas, which are roughly painted with acrylic. The resulting amorphous shape evokes the distinctive colours of a can of Pepsi. A member of the underground drum-based band I.U.D., Laska’s paintings are filled with a similar improvised expressiveness and irreverent spirit of performance as her music.

The exhibition features a new series of Boo Saville’s colour field paintings, which are shown in dialogue with a number of black and white canvases. Known formerly for her figurative works in oil on canvas, as well as using everyday materials including biro and bleach, Saville has – since 2014 – been producing large-scale abstracts, made up of flawlessly gradating shades. Saville, whose work investigates mortality, applies up to forty layers of paint to achieve this extraordinary effect, erasing any suggestion of her own mark-making in spite of the emotional tenor of the works. The colour fields are inextricably linked to her black and white canvases, the subjects of the latter – sparingly painted so as to retain the appearance of the canvas weave – resulting from internet searches that occur to her whilst working on the abstracts. She notes: “The black and white paintings are purely about the surface of momentary thought and the colour fields are about the depth and vault of emotion and memory layered on top of each other.

www.newportstreetgallery.com/exhibition/true-colours-helen-beard-sadie-laska-boo-saville

Location:
Newport Street Gallery, Newport Street, London SE11 6AJ

Times:
Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 6pm

Price:
Free entry

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