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LONDON FOR FUN Newsletter: 24 February 2009 Issue No.167



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1. Top 10 London events

1 - Glenn Ligon - 'Nobody' and Other Songs - The show features a video work, two neons and a suite of photogravures. The video, “The Death of Tom,” is based on the final scene from Uncle Tom's Cabin, Edwin S. Porter's 14-minute silent film made for the Thomas A. Edison studio in 1903. Shot on 16 mm black and white film, Ligon sought to recreate Tom’s death scene. "Untitled", the last of a series of neon pieces is inspired by the first chapter of Dickens “A Tale of Two Cities.” The neon spells “America” in large letters and the glowing white tubing has been painted black on the front but not the back, so that the letters appear backlit by white light. Other works in the show include “Excerpt”, a neon based on Nauman’s “One Hundred Live and Die” and a series of oilstick drawings which use text from Franz Kafka’s diaries. Until 7 March. www.thomasdane.com

2 - AND - AND is a durational project that questions the value of artistic production in light of recent upheavals in financial systems around the World. AND is an opportunity and a provocation that gleefully revisits a tradition within conceptual art of economic deconstruction, in an attempt to reflect and overcome creaking systems that dictate collective notions of value. By appropriating the readymade structure of a fund, AND have turned the artwork into a simple tool for generating capital in exchange for a collection of objects that have no function beyond their accumulation of financial value. Stripped almost entirely from any form of individual authorship the work itself becomes the hand that feeds the concept - it lives or dies depending on its ability to generate capital as it progresses through its self designated phases of growth. Until 20 March. www.artprojxspace.com

3 - COMMA - Bloomberg SPACE launches COMMA, a dynamic new programme of commissions enabling artists to experiment and expand their work. Twenty of today's most outstanding established and emerging international artists will be invited to create new work, installations and architectural interventions in a fast paced succession of exhibitions. Every month, two artists will each be invited to use this central London gallery to create new work in a series of shows which will open to the public on the first Thursday of each month. From 5 March until 21 March. First commissions: Miguel Palma and Marjolijn Dijkman. www.bloombergspace.com

4 - Andres Serrano - The Unbearable Lightness of Being - The title The Unbearable Lightness of Being is taken from Kundera`s book of 1984 that chronicled the fragile nature of the fate of the individual and how a life lived once may as well have never been lived at all, as there is no possibility for repetition, experiment, and trial and error. Serrano uses photography as a medium to explore various aspects of `outsider` life. His highly coloured photographs have an artificial quality that recalls his past training in painting and sculpture. Until 28 March. www.yvon-lambert.com

5 - Andrea Palladio: His Life and Legacy - Palladio was not only one of the greatest Italian architects; he was also a practitioner whose work has continued to resonate down five centuries. Active in Vicenza, Venice and the Veneto region, he crafted a new architectural language derived from classical sources yet shaped to fulfil the functional demands and aesthetic aspirations of his own age. His impressive oeuvre includes public buildings and churches. It was, however, his town palaces and country villas that influenced subsequent generations of European and American architects. Large-scale models, computer animations, original drawings, books and paintings will present the full range of this exceptional architect’s output and his legacy, demonstrating why Palladio’s name has been synonymous with architecture for 500 years. Until 13 April. www.royalacademy.org.uk

6 - Grand Organ Gala - Robin Stapleton - conductor, John Birch and Stephen Disley - organ, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Fanfare Trumpeters of the Band of the Welsh Guards. 10,000 pipes in glorious harmony. A magnificent evening celebrating the power and majesty of the king of instruments. 26 April. www.royalalberthall.com

7 - Mark Wallinger curates: The Russian Linesman frontiers, borders and thresholds - 2007 Turner prize-winner Mark Wallinger, one of Britain's most original and unpredictable artists, curates this unique exhibition exploring notions of the liminal: thresholds between physical, political or metaphysical realms. Until 4 May. www.hayward.org.uk

8 - Van Dyck and Britain - Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) was the greatest painter in seventeenth-century Britain. Though trained in Flanders, he had a huge impact on British cultural life as the principal painter at King Charles I’s ostensibly elegant court, where his impact was similar to that of Hans Holbein at the court of Henry VIII. This visually sumptuous exhibition brings together some of the finest and most magnificent paintings that van Dyck produced during his years in Britain. It also reveals his continuing visual legacy through portraits by artists from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries, including Sir Joshua Reynolds and John Singer Sargent. Until 17 May. www.tate.org.uk

9 - Le Corbusier - The Art of Architecture - This is the first major survey in London of the internationally renowned architect in more than 20 years. This timely reassessment presents a wealth of original architectural models, interior reconstructions, drawings, furniture, vintage photographs, films, tapestries, paintings, sculpture and books by Le Corbusier himself. It also features important works by his collaborators and artistic contemporaries such as Charlotte Perriand, Jean Prouvé, Fernand Léger and Amédée Ozenfant. Until 24 May. www.barbican.org.uk

10 - The King and I - The timeless classic, Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I, has captured the hearts and minds of millions with its charming story of the British governess brought into the court of Siam to tutor the King's many children. Once within the splendour of the Royal Palace, beautifully recreated within the magical setting of the Royal Albert Hall, Anna and the King grow to understand one another and learn about each other's cultures. From 12 June until 28 June. www.royalalberthall.com


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