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Conceptual Art in London: Richard Saltoun Gallery

Some Dimensions of My Lunch, featuring Ed Herring and Roger Palmer The Richard Saltoun Gallery presents a season of four one-month exhibitions devoted to Conceptual Art made in Britain during the 60s and 70s. For this final part of the event, two reputed artists have been brought under the spotlight: Ed Herring, a land artist first recognized in the 1960s for his ‘environmental statements’, and Roger Palmer, who expresses landscapes through photography and text. Photography enabled both Herring and Palmer to develop new enquiries into duration: for Herring, the duration of time it took for the oil to level out, to the duration of time it took for the tea water within the plastic bags to progressively change, condense and evaporate over...

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Random International at Pace Gallery, New York

‘On The Body’ Makes Its US Debut This Autumn From 23rd September until 22nd October, the Pace Gallery branch in New York will show the first solo exhibition of works by Random International. The world-renowned collaborative studio has already made its mark through experimental practice within the field of contemporary art. Founded in 2005 by Hannes Koch and Florian Ortkrass, the studio now encompasses a larger team in both London and Berlin. Questioning aspects of identity and autonomy in the post-digital age, Random International’s work invites the viewers to a form of active participation. [caption id="attachment_2207" align="aligncenter" width="729"] Random International, Study for Fifteen Points / I, 2016 (Photo Credit: Pace Gallery)[/caption] Their popular Rain Room, a large-scale environment of continual and responsive rainfall, has been...

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Jannis Kounellis – Arnulf Rainer – Antoni Tàpies Present TRIO

The Interwar Generation Showcases at Galerie Lelong, Paris For this new Trio exhibition, Galerie Lelong has brought together the vibrant works of three artists who focused on the rawness of materials and the energy beneath a gesture for their visual expression. Born in the interwar period, Tàpies (1923-2012), Rainer (1929) and Kounellis (1936) were part of a generation that experience not only the 20th century dramas at an early age, but also the boom of science and technology and the global intellectual, artistic and material emancipation that ensued. [caption id="attachment_2204" align="aligncenter" width="415"] Jannis Kounellis – Sans Titre, 2014 (Photo Credit: ArtNet)[/caption] They were the pioneers in Barcelona, Vienna and Rome, of an art that moved beyond its traditional framework and stepped away from the notion...

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Abstract Expressionism at the Royal Academy

An exploration of American art forever associated with 1950s New York In the “age of anxiety” surrounding the Second World War and the years of free jazz and Beat poetry, artists like Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning broke from accepted conventions and unleashed a new kind of confidence in painting. [caption id="attachment_2206" align="aligncenter" width="350"] Mark Rothko, No. 15 – 1957 (Photo Credit: RA)[/caption] Their often monumental works are best described as intense, spontaneous and deeply expressive. And then at times, they seem to convey contemplation – presenting large fields of colour that border on the sublime. These radical movements redefined the nature of painting, making it a two-way encounter between the artist and the viewer, rather than just something to...

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The London Design Biennale 2016

The World Reimagines the World at Somerset House The very first London Design Biennale will open this September at Somerset House, with over 35 countries participating. Nations from six continents will present newly commissioned works that explore the theme Utopia by Design. [caption id="attachment_2050" align="aligncenter" width="528"] London Design Biennale, Somerset House[/caption] Visitors will be able to admire installations curated by the leading museums and design organisations in the world, including Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, DAMnation, German Design Council, theMAK, Directorate-General for the Arts, Moscow Design Museum, Triennale Design Museum, India Design Forum, Southern Guild, The Japan Foundation and the Victoria And Albert Museum. Along these titanic names of industry-specific institutions, the design teams participating will include architects, designers, scientists, writers and artists – pulling energies from across multiple fields...

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David Bowie’s Art Collection at Sotheby’s

The late pop icon’s superb private collection will be featured in three different auctions this autumn This November, world-renowned auction house Sotheby’s will stage Bowie/Collector, a three-part sale of about 400 items from the private art collection of the legendary musician. [caption id="attachment_1998" align="aligncenter" width="640"] David Bowie[/caption] Bowie is best known for his revolutionary approach to music, art and fashion, and has built a name upon his famously inquisitive mind that ultimately led him to collect stunning Outsider Art, Surrealism and Contemporary African art, as well as pieces by eccentric Italian designer Ettore Sottsass and the Memphis Group. The icon’s diverse and eclectic tastes nurtured this extensive archive of important works from celebrated and yet less widely-known artists, in a collection of unparalleled artistry. From...

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Bjork Digital at Somerset House

An immersive virtual reality exhibition from the Icelandic music icon The European premiere of Bjork Digital will take place at Somerset House this year, from 1st September until 23rd October. The exhibition encompasses digital and video works resulting from Bjork’s collaborations with some of the finest visual artists and programmers in the world. It also coincides with a special performance scheduled to take place at the Royal Albert Hall. [caption id="attachment_1990" align="aligncenter" width="755"] Bjork Digital (Photo Credit: Somerset House)[/caption] The music icon has been known to challenge the status quo over the span of decades, pushing the boundaries of what is possible in music, art and even technology. The exhibition itself invites visitors to engage with Bjork’s work through the latest in VR...

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London Open Garden Squares Weekend 2016

Various Locations 18 Jun 2016 – 19 Jun 2016, Various times  BOOKING'S OPEN: discover the best secret gardens in London at the Open Garden Squares Weekend this summer Booking is now open for London's Open Garden Squares Weekend. Step into the secret gardens of London this summer, from top private yards to the last community garden in Covent Garden. For one weekend in June, the public will able to explore hundreds of hidden spots across the capital, which you might have never known existed. Highlights include Crossbones Memorial Garden, the single women’s burial ground, as many of the Bishop of Winchester’s ‘geese’ are buried here - women who worked as prostitutes under licence from the Bishop of Winchester. As you walk in, look up: the...

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