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Mark Dion: Theatre of the Natural World at Whitechapel Gallery until 13 May 2018

Explorer, collector, activist and conjuror of theatrical environments American artist Mark Dion (b.1961) has travelled through rainforests and rubbish dumps to reveal the wonder and fragility of life on earth. Dion uses specimens – natural and manmade – to make uncanny representations of these environments. His drawings, sculptures and installations draw on the techniques of scientific enquiry and museum display; and on the telling of natural histories. 🌎

We embark on a journey through a sequence of installations created between 2000 and the present. The exhibition begins with The Library for the Birds of London (2018), a new commission continuing a series of aviaries Dion has created since 1993. The roomy sanctuary is a temporary home to 22 zebra finches, which are well-known for being social creatures. Visitors are invited into the aviary, which has an apple tree at its centre, referencing the tree of life. Over 600 books devoted to ornithology, environmentalism, literature and the natural sciences surround the birds. A scholar’s study invites us to unravel intricate drawings and models; while the Bureau for the Centre of the Study for Surrealism and its Legacy displays the strange magic of obsolete things. The muddy banks of the Thames have also yielded their treasures for poetic display in a gigantic cabinet; while The Wonder Workshop displays the ghosts of animals and instruments, many of them extinct and obsolescent. Each immersive environment is also a habitat, evoking the characters that observe, conserve or exploit the natural world.

www.whitechapelgallery.org/exhibitions/mark-dion

Location:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX

Times:
Monday closed
Tuesday 11am-6pm
Wednesday 11am-6pm
Thursday 11am-9pm
Friday 11am-6pm
Saturday 11am-6pm
Sunday 11am-6pm

Price:
£12.95 book online

Mary Heilmann: Looking at Pictures @ Whitechapel Gallery / 21st August 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Tue-Sun 11am-6pm

@ Whitechapel Gallery, Galleries 1, 8 & 9, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX

Free entry

www.whitechapelgallery.org/exhibitions/mary-heilmann-looking-at-pictures

The surreal beach life of Los Angeles, 1960s counter culture, pop songs and friendships with New York artists, poets and musicians are the well springs of Mary Heilmann’s dazzling abstractions.

Heilmann (b. 1940) takes colour, line and shape on unexpected journeys. Polka dots waft across eye-popping hues corralled within irregular rectangles. The poetry of her works lies in the tension between the rigours of geometry and the contingencies of the human and the organic.

The exhibition begins with paintings based on the square, the grid and architectural details, such as The First Vent (1972). They are juxtaposed with glazed ceramics, hovering between painting and sculpture. A slide show, Her Life (2006), features Heilmann’s paintings and personal photographs set to an eclectic mix of music.

Choreographed across Gallery 8, dynamic canvases represent ‘autobiographical markers’ – painterly haikus of the artist’s life. Their vibrancy is matched by their titles – Bush of Ghosts (1980) or Good Vibrations Diptych, Remembering David (2012). Heilmann invites the viewer to become immersed in her synaesthetic stories while sitting in her colourful chairs.

Contemporary Art Society: The Best Is Not Too Good For You @ Whitechapel Gallery / until 1st June 2014

Contemporary Art Society - The Best Is Not Too Good For You at Whitechapel GalleryTIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Tue-Sun 11:00-18:00 (Thu until 21:00)

@ Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX

Free entry

www.whitechapelgallery.org

Drawn from the collections of Contemporary Art Society member museums across the Midlands in England this display considers the notion of value in relation to fine and applied art and is part of the Whitechapel Gallery’s programme of opening up public and private collections for everyone.

Contemporary Art Society was founded in 1910 to support public museums and galleries across the UK, through acquisitions, gifts, advocacy and advice.

Hannah Höch @ Whitechapel Gallery / until 23th March 2014

Hannah Höch at Whitechapel GalleryTIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Mon closed
Tue-Sun 11:00-18:00 (until 21:00 Thur)

@ Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX

Tickets: £10 book online

Hannah Höch was an artistic and cultural pioneer. A member of Berlin’s Dada movement in the 1920s, she was a driving force in the development of 20th century collage.

Splicing together images taken from fashion magazines and illustrated journals, she created a humorous and moving commentary on society during a time of tremendous social change.

Höch was admired by contemporaries such as George Grosz, Theo van Doesburg and Kurt Schwitters, yet was often overlooked by traditional art history.

As the first major exhibition of her work in Britain, the show puts this inspiring figure in the spotlight.

Sarah Lucas @ Whitechapel Gallery / until 15th December 2013

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Tue, Wed, Fri – Sun, 11:00-18:00
Thu 11:00-21:00

@ Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX

Free entry

www.whitechapelgallery.org

One of the leading figures of the young British artists in the mid-nineties, Sarah Lucas is now a veritable treasure. For this exhibition she has re-made some of her most memorable works to date.

 

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