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LONDON FOR FUN Newsletter: 08 July 2008 Issue No.151



1.) Top 10 London events
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1. Top 10 London events

1 - Hans Josephohn - Hans Josephohn ’s sculptures are shy beings, 'self-enclosed figures' in the words of their maker, who keep their distance from the chatter of contemporary culture. Until recently the German-born artist was little known outside Switzerland where he has lived since 1938, yet his profound oeuvre is increasingly becoming recognised by a growing number of curators, artists and critics. Josephsohn’s art is devoted entirely to the human form, the classical theme of sculpture: standing, sitting and recumbent; as full or half figures, bodyless heads or reliefs in which figures are positioned in relation to one another. Formed out of plaster, they are then cast in bronze. Until 26 July. www.hauserwirth.com

2 - Gail Pickering - A solo exhibition by Gail Pickering, features two recent video works, Dissident Sunset (2007) and Hungary! And Other Economies (2006). In Hungary! Pickering takes a group of hired porn actors from Marseille to the Marquis de Sade's chateau in the Luberon (South of France), a ruin now owned by fashion mogul Pierre Cardin, to enact scenes from German playwright Peter Weiss' seminal 1963 play Marat/Sade. Dressed in counterfeit retro-futuristic designs of Cardin, the actors shift between being themselves and their assigned characters, repeatedly taking turns to stage an encounter between the philosophies of the Marquis de Sade and Jean-Paul Marat. The second work in the exhibition, Dissident Sunset, engages with more recent histories of radical action and social rituals. A series of archival photographs from 20th Century dissident groups are re-staged for camera to form a playful, choreographed assemblage. Until 27 July. www.gasworks.org.uk

3 - Glorious Gershwin - Rhapsody In Blue and The Gershwin Songbook - Premiered in 1924 with paul Whiteman amd his Palais Royal Orchestra, Rhapsody In Blue was an instant hit both with audiences and critics alike and remains immensely popular with today's concert-goers. Gershwin's music spanned both worlds; classical and musical comedy and he is recognized today as the foremost 20th centry American composer, merging jazz and gospel influences with the orchestral world of the classical European mainstream. 14 August. www.cadoganhall.com

4 - Rituals: Jason Dodge / Tereza Buskova - This exhibition features two distinct solo shows, under the common motif of the ritual. Tereza Buskova’s work is fantastical, provocative and occasionally sinister. Her films explore a personal mythology with symbolic references to liberation, sexuality and East European Folklore. Jason Dodge deftly uses found objects to change their context to reveal unexpected histories that reference past human actions and distant locations. Combined with their precise descriptive title, the objects Dodge chooses become poetic traces, which allow an audience to create their own narratives. Until 23 August. www.galleryoneoneone.com

5 - Psycho Buildings: Artists and Architecture - This exhibition marks The Hayward’s 40th anniversary as one of the world’s most architecturally unique exhibition venues. Borrowing  its title from a book by artist Martin Kippenberger, the exhibition brings together the work of artists who create habitat-like structures and architectural environments that are mental and perceptual spaces as much as physical ones. Viewers enter and explore a series of atmospheric, spatially dynamic constructions that use elements of light, colour, smell and design to trigger profound visceral responses that heighten their attention to the relationship between the individual and their surroundings. The exhibition spills out onto The Hayward’s three outdoor sculpture terraces, and features major installations by participating artists. Until 25 August. www.hayward.org.uk

6 - Tim Walker - Pictures - Fashion photographer, Tim Walker creates evocative images full of textured nuance and intriguing detail. His innovative photography is amongst the most imaginative and exuberant being produced today. His work regularly features in magazines such as Vogue and W and he has also created advertising campaigns for exclusive clients such as Comme des Garcons. This comprehensive overview of Walker’s work will offer a rare glimpse into his artistic process, from inspiration to execution, and will deconstruct the complex process of creating fashion images. Until 7 September. www.designmuseum.org

7 - The Courtauld Cezannes - The Courtauld Gallery holds the most important group of works by Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) in Britain. This exhibition presents the entire collection for the first time with major paintings such as the iconic Montagne Sainte-Victoire (1887)and Card Players (1892-5) shown alongside rarely seen drawings and watercolours. Also on display will be a previously unexhibited group of nine autograph letters in which Cézanne reflects upon the principles of his artistic practice. Extensive new research by the Courtauld’s Department of Conservation and Technology will add fresh insights into the artist’s working methods and techniques. Until 5 October. www.courtauld.ac.uk

8 - Wyndham Lewis portraits - An important new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London, will show the striking portraits of the great British modernist artist and writer Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957), bringing together for the first time a unique visual record of some of the most important cultural figures of the first half of the twentieth century. 58 portraits ranging from delicate drawings to large oil paintings assembled from collections worldwide will chart Wyndham Lewis's range and achievements as a portraitist. Among the highlights of the exhibition will be his now iconic renderings of his fellow 'Men of 1914,' credited with revolutionising 20th-century literature, the writers Ezra Pound, T S Eliot and James Joyce. Until 19 October. www.npg.org.uk

9 - Turmoil and Tranquillity - This exhibition will celebrate the National Maritime Museum’s unrivalled collection of 16th- and 17th-century Dutch and Flemish maritime paintings. These seascapes and coastal views of the Stuart Age are of outstanding quality, whilst the Queen’s House itself once housed a studio for featured father and son artists, the van de Veldes. Turmoil and Tranquillity will focus on the emerging genre of maritime art in the Low Countries in the 17th century. The exhibition will highlight the key maritime painters of the period and demonstrates the rich aesthetic and narrative potential of the genre. By displaying both Dutch and Flemish artists, the exhibition will highlight the reciprocal influences within the Netherlands and illustrate the emergence of the seascape as a distinct art form. Fom 20 June 2008 until 11 January 2009. www.nmm.ac.uk

10 - Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life, 1990-2005 - A new exhibition opening at the National Portrait Gallery in October, Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life, 1990-2005, will draw together for the first time the well-known assignments and rarely-seen personal work of one of the world's best-known portrait photographers.  With over 150 photographs,  Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life, 1990-2005 shows iconic images of famous public figures together with personal photographs of her family and close friends. Arranged chronologically, they project a unified narrative of the artist's private life against the backdrop of her public image. The exhibition features Leibovitz's portraits of well-known figures, including actors such as Jamie Foxx, Daniel Day Lewis, Al Pacino, Nicole Kidman and Brad Pitt as well as artists and architects such as Richard Avedon, Brice Marden, Philip Johnson, Chuck Close and Cindy Sherman. Highlights include dancers Mikhail Baryshnikov and Rob Besserer holding a dance position on a beach, William S Burroughs in Kansas and Agnes Martin in Taos. From 16 October 2008 - 1 February 2009. www.npg.org.uk____________________________________________________________________________________

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