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Richard Tuttle: The Critical Edge @ Pace Gallery / until 13 May 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Tues-Sat 10-6

@ Pace Gallery, 6 Burlington Gardens, London W1S 3ET

Free entry

www.pacegallery.com/exhibitions/12860/the-critical-edge

An exhibition of recent works in fabric by Richard Tuttle. First presented at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in 2016, the exhibition follows two other major exhibitions of Tuttle’s work. In 2014, The Whitechapel Gallery surveyed the artist’s career from the 1960s to today and Tate Modern commissioned Tuttle’s largest textile sculpture to date for its iconic Turbine Hall.

Richard Tuttle (b. 1941, Rahway, New Jersey) is one of the most significant artists working today. Since the mid-1960s, he has created an extraordinarily varied body of work that eludes historical or stylistic categorization. Tuttle’s work exists in the space between painting, sculpture, poetry, assemblage, and drawing. He draws beauty out of humble materials, reflecting the fragility of the world in his poetic works. Without a specific reference point, his investigations of line, volume, color, texture, shape, and form are imbued with a sense of spirituality and informed by a deep intellectual curiosity. Language, spatial relationship, and scale are also central concerns for the artist, who maintains an acute awareness for the viewer’s aesthetic experience. Tuttle was the Artist in Residence at the Getty Research Institute from September 2012–June 2013. The artist lives and works in Mount Desert, Maine; Abiquiu, New Mexico and New York City.

Ashley Bickerton: Ornamental Hysteria @ Newport Street Gallery / until 20th August 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 6pm
Closed on Mondays

@ Newport Street Gallery, Newport Street, London SE11 6AJ

Free entry

www.newportstreetgallery.com/exhibitions/ashley-bickerton

Spanning more than three decades of Bickerton’s career and features 51 works, including a significant display of new and previously unexhibited pieces. It is the artist’s first UK show since 2009 and runs throughout all six spaces at Newport Street Gallery.

Bickerton moved to New York in 1982 and after working as a painting assistant to Jack Goldstein, he emerged as a key figure on the newly exploding East Village art scene. Within the context of the culture of commodification sweeping America he rose to prominence as part of an amorphous movement that was branded ‘Neo-Geometric Conceptualism’. Alongside artists such as Haim Steinbach and Jeff Koons, Bickerton endeavoured to reframe the practice of art production in response to the new, seductive mechanisms of desire at work in society.

Bickerton abandoned New York in 1993, eventually settling in Bali, where he still lives and works. Whilst a number of his themes prevailed, the materiality of his work shifted dramatically after this self-imposed exile from the urban environment.

Both in materiality and content, Bickerton’s work resists categorisation. On the diversity of his mediums – photocollage, appropriated image, digital image, paint and sculpture – he states: “Painting is far too cartoony and lacks the backbone of factuality; photography is too clinical and incapable of loony launches into the ether; and sculpture can be just downright presumptuous. […] Only in their combination do I find comfort.”

Bickerton’s conceptual commitment to intersectionality extends to his subject matter; his audacious and technically complex assemblages are predicated on themes of opposition and duality, for example representation and reality, creativity and commodity, nature and artifice, idyll and apocalypse. This is evident in his earlier work on display in gallery 1, which offers a sardonic critique of contemporary consumer culture and the commodification of the ‘art object’ via steel and aluminium wall-mounted ‘Culturescapes’ from the ‘Logo’ and ‘Non-Word Word’ series. Galleries 3 and 4 are dominated by Bickerton’s ‘Sea’ and ‘Landscapes’ – overblown and incongruous, they contain ephemera from the anthroposphere in the simulated shells of transportation devices. In part, these “truly contemporary” landscapes might be read as a dystopian view of the devastating impact of man on the ecosphere.

Throughout his career, Bickerton has challenged the relevancy of traditional art-historical tropes. His ‘self-portraits’ similarly parody the mythological figure of ‘the artist’, who is represented in the guise of the brands he chooses to endorse in Tormented Self-Portrait: Susie at Arles (25 Years) (2014) and as a five-bodied, technicoloured serpent in the monumental 5 Snake Heads (2009), on display in Newport Street’s double-height gallery 2.

Bickerton’s practice evolved in the late 90s to incorporate digital image and photography. In portraits such as Smiling Woman (2009), models (often family members and friends) are heavily made-up and photographed, then distorted in Photoshop before the image is printed on canvas and re-painted. These paintings are amongst Bickerton’s most overtly satirical, presenting lurid, constructed visions of life on a generic Pacific / Caribbean island.

Selfie to Self-Expression @ Saatchi Gallery / until 30th May 2017 🤳😝📸

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10am-6pm, 7 days a week

@ Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London SW3 4RY

Free entry

www.saatchigallery.com/selfie

Saatchi Gallery and Huawei have teamed up to present From Selfie to Self-Expression. This will be the world’s first exhibition exploring the history of the selfie from the old masters to the present day, and will celebrate the truly creative potential of a form of expression often derided for its inanity.

The show will also highlight the emerging role of the mobile phone as an artistic medium for self-expression by commissioning ten exciting young British photographers to create new works using Huawei’s newest breakthrough dual lens smartphones co-engineered with Leica.

Alice’s Adventures Underground @ The Vaults / until 23rd September 2017 🐰

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: various

@ The Vaults, Launcelot Street, London SE1 7AD

Tickets: from £31.50 book online (special under 26 year old tickets available for £25!)

www.alice-underground.com

Following the sell-out run in 2015 at the Vaults deep under Waterloo Station, Les Enfants Terribles’ and ebp bring their Olivier award nominated Alice’s Adventures Underground back in April!

Tumble down the rabbit hole and make a series of choices in a theatrical adventure like no other, with more to explore than ever before!

Meet some of Wonderlands famous and curious inhabitants. Take tea at the biggest un-birthday party with the maddest of Hatters; let the Cheshire Cat take you hither or thither or join the underground movement to rise against the fearsome Queen of Hearts.

Fevered Sleep: Men & Girls Dance @ The Place / from Thursday 13th – Saturday 22nd April 2017 👯 👯‍♂️

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 7.30pm (Sat 22 Apr 2.30pm)

@ The Place, 17 Duke’s Road, London WC1H 9PY

Tickets: from £12 book online

www.theplace.org.uk/whats-on/fevered-sleep
www.menandgirlsdance.com

Brings together two very different groups of performers: men who dance professionally and girls who dance for fun.

At times playful, at times provocative, Men & Girls Dance celebrates the rights of adults and children to be together and to dance together. It’s a joyful celebration of tenderness, empathy and love.

Co-commissioned by The Place, this critically acclaimed production arrives for a limited London run after a hugely successful national tour.

Cardboard Citizens: Home Truths @ The Bunker (Waterloo) / from 17th April – 13th May 2017 🏡

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: various

@ The Bunker, 53a Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU

Tickets: from £10 for previews, book online

www.bunkertheatre.com/whats-on/home-truths/about
www.cardboardcitizens.org.uk

A group of performers from acclaimed theatre company Cardboard Citizens is squatting in The Bunker to present a playful exploration of housing from the slums of Victorian London to the madness of London today.

An immersive multi-story speculation on need, greed and good intentions, Home Truths is revealed through the world premieres of nine short plays by some of the UK’s most exciting playwrights: Sonali Bhattacharyya, Lin Coghlan, EV Crowe, Anders Lustgarten, Nessah Muthy, Chris O’Connell, Stef Smith, David Watson and Heathcote Williams with Sarah Woods.

Home Truths will look back at the history of UK housing, from the Victorian housing crisis through to squatting in the 1970s, the ravages of Rachmanism in the 1950s and white flight in the 21st century. The nine plays will be split into three Cycles. Each Cycle can be seen as a stand-alone production, or alternatively audiences can take part in a theatrical sit in and watch all nine plays over the course of a day in one of two special Tri-Cycle performances.

Shows:

  • Slummers by Sonali Bhattacharyya
  • The Ruff Tuff Cream Puff Estate Agency by Heathcote Williams with Sarah Woods
  • Back to Back to Back by Stef Smith
  • The Table by Lin Coghlan
  • Put The Schwarzes Into De-Stat by Nessah Muthy
  • The House With the Yellow Front Door by Anders Lustgarten
  • Henrietta by David Watson
  • Nostalgia by EV Crowe
  • Grip by Chris O’Connell

Cycle 1 (red)
17th April preview 19:30
20th April 19:00
24th and 27th April 3rd, 6th, and 10th May 19:30

Cycle 2 (blue)
18th April preview 19:30
21st April 19:00
25th and 28th April, 4th, 8th, and 11th May 19:30

Cycle 3 (yellow)
19th April preview 19:30
22nd April 19:00
26th April 2nd, 5th, 9th, and 12th May 19:30

Tri-cycle (green)
Saturday 29th April 12:00
Saturday 13th May 12:00

the kid stays in the picture @ Royal Court Theatre / until 8th April 2017 🎥

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Mon – Sat 7.30pm
Thu and Sat matinees 2.30pm

@ Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, Chelsea, London SW1W 8AS

Tickets: from £12 book online

www.royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/kid-stays-picture

In the 1960s and 70s, Robert Evans became one of the most powerful figures in Hollywood. He saved Paramount Pictures from collapse and produced films including The Godfather and Chinatown.

By the 1980s he was broke, with his personal and professional life spiralling at epic proportions. In 1994 he published his award-winning autobiography, chronicling it all.

Director Simon McBurney explores the rise of the legendary film producer against the backdrop of a changing America through the second half of the 20th century.

Flabbergast Theatre: Boris and Sergey’s Astonishing Freakatorium @ Wiltons Music Hall / 9th – 13th May 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
9th – 10th 7:30pm
11th – 13th 9pm

@ Wilton’s Music Hall, Graces Alley, London E1 8JB

Tickets: from £10.50 book online (20% off when you book to see Tatterdemalion on the same night)

www.flabbergasttheatre.co.uk
www.wiltons.org.uk/whatson/298-boris-sergey-s-astonishing-freakatorium

Created by War Horse, Blind Summit and Handspring puppeteer, Henry Maynard and his highly skilled team of expert puppeteers who have been working together in sweaty and physically compromising conditions since 2010, Boris and Sergey’s Astonishing Freakatorium is an improvised crossover cabaret featuring tabletop puppetry and character comedy for discerningly twisted adult audiences!

Following sell out runs at the Edinburgh and Adelaide Fringes and gathering three awards, 10 five star reviews (and counting), puppetry’s Balkan bad boys Boris & Sergey; simply the greatest vaudevillian double act ever conceived for the small stage, are back in London with freak show cabaret like no other.

Starring a variety of puppet characters, Boris & Sergey follow the tragic story of Pierre le Petit Tête Gustav and his wildly deranged tap dancing companion Juan Tamino. Audiences must hold on to their hats as they delve into a titillation filled world of the macabre. Boris & Sergey recreate traditional scenes of geeking, feats of incredible fortitude, endeavours of unimaginable physical endurance with formidable artistry, all whilst beguiling with their roughish wit and erudite jocularity.

If you like this, check out Tatterdemailion.

Festival Embassy @ House of St Barnabas / Saturday 25th March 2017 🎉🔊

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: noon till late!

@ The House of St Barnabas, 1 Greek St, London W1D 4NQ

Tickets: from £15 book online

www.hosb.org.uk

The wonderous world of Bestival, with its spirit of discovery and adventure that inspires peace, love and dancing, is coming to Soho and you won’t want to miss it.

A taste of Bestival in the heart of London’s Soho will bring rising stars, intimate acoustic gigs, renowned and emerging DJs and much more, to the unique Grade I listed Georgian townhouse and secluded courtyard garden.

HoSB believe in paying it forward; for every ticket bought, one will be given to someone who would not be able to afford one, opening access to culture, live music with social inclusion at its heart.

Pay it forward tickets will be given to people affected by homelessness, who are part of the House’s Employment Academy, the Soho community, or are supported by one of the many charities they work with.

Carly Grace Sound Bath 12pm – 1pm
Start the day by loving you. Join Carly for her drop-in Sound Bath to let go of all your worries and open into a deep space of peace.

Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen Brunch 1pm – 2:30pm
Brunch like a Ghanaian! For full details see below.

Tie Dye Workshop 3pm – 5pm
Join the team of crafters from The New Craft House in our garden for some tie dye magic!

Mother’s Day Card Making 4pm – 6pm
Drop in and show your mum some love by making her an extra-special card for mother’s day! Expect lots of colour and glitter!

The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection @ Tate Modern / until 21st May 2017 📷

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Monday to Sunday 10.00–18.00
Friday to Saturday 10.00–22.00

@ Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG

Tickets: £15 book online

www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/radical-eye-modernist-photography-sir-elton-john-collection

This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see one of the world’s greatest private collections of photography, drawn from the classic modernist period of the 1920s–50s. An incredible group of Man Ray portraits are exhibited together for the first time, having been brought together by Sir Elton John over the past twenty-five years, including portraits of Matisse, Picasso, and Breton.

With over 70 artists and nearly 150 rare vintage prints on show from seminal figures including Brassai, Imogen Cunningham, André Kertész, Dorothea Lange, Tina Modotti, and Aleksandr Rodchenko, this is a chance to take a peek inside Elton John’s home and delight in seeing such masterpieces of photography.

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