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LONDON FOR FUN Newsletter: 22 September 2009 Issue No.181



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1. Top 10 London events

1 - Marnie Weber - The Truth Speakers, The Sea of Silence - This multifaceted exhibition of film, sculpture and collage will immerse the viewer in the uncanny world of Weber’s imagination. The central focus of the show is the new film, The Sea of Silence, which marks the third chapter of The Spirit Girls films. In this modern day fable the girls play out narratives of passion and transformation in their endeavour for spiritual enlightenment. Until 7 October. www.simonleegallery.com

2 - Ryan McGinley - Moonmilk - Alison Jacques Gallery presents the first UK solo show of acclaimed American artist Ryan McGinley with an exhibition of 24 new colour photographs shot in caves across North America. Over the last year, McGinley and his crew explored huge caves underground, venturing into unknown territory, seeking out spectacular natural spaces, some previously undocumented. The title of the show “Moonmilk” alludes to the crystalline deposits found on the walls of many caves; it was once believed that this substance was formed by light from celestial bodies passing through rock into darkened worlds below. Until 8 October. www.alisonjacquesgallery.com

3 - Puccini's Tosca - The opera tells the story of three people - a famous opera singer, a free-thinking painter, and a sadistic chief of police - caught in a net of love and politics. 10 October. www.barbican.org.uk

4 - Tariq Alvi - The Meaning - Working intuitively, recycling and re-contextualizing found printed matter from newspapers and magazine advertising, Alvi’s labour-intensive works present us with both disarmingly simple and complex aesthetic forms that reflect upon contemporary society. Alvi presents a group of sculptures, paintings and collages that meditate on the relationships between economy, desire and materiality. Until 25 October. www.chisenhale.org.uk

5 - Rosalind Nashashibi - This will be the most comprehensive presentation yet of Nashashibi`s work, presenting 16mm films from the last four years alongside examples of her photographic output. Until 1 November. www.ica.org.uk

6 - Matthew Brannon - Nevertheless - Nevertheless consists of a large sculpture representing a theatre set in a roped-off section of the gallery, a small sculpture of a bookshelf and book, and four of his signature letterpress prints. The show departs from Brannon’s recent New York trilogy of exhibitions concerning urban malaise by entertaining both the idea and the image of a transatlantic sea voyage. The outdated–once preferred–way to travel to London, now but a literary backdrop or an obnoxious tourist getaway. The irresolvable tension between text and image in Brannon’s prints is here rendered in a sculptural context where form fails to function and meaning humorously flirts with its metaphorical link. Until 1 November. www.theapproach.co.uk

7 - Eduardo Paolozzi: The Jet Age Compendium - Eduardo Paolozzi is perhaps best known for creating some of the earliest examples of British Pop Art, but less familiar is his work for the art and literature magazine, Ambit: work that shows a more politically engaged side to the artist than has previously been acknowledged. This exhibition presents Paolozzi’s Ambit works in the context of his other work from the late fifties to the early seventies. Recruited to Ambit in 1967 by the magazine’s prose editor, J.G. Ballard, Paolozzi created a series of works using the magazine page as a space for collage, writing and visual essays. The artist’s works for Ambit tackle the war in Vietnam, the acceleration of technology, and the utopias of mass advertising. As well as examples of Paolozzi’s work for Ambit, works on show include bronzes, prints, and artists’ scrapbooks, as well as a range of space age toys.

8 - Keith Tyson: Cloud Choreography and Other Emergent Systems - This is a new exhibition by the winner of the 2002 Turner Prize, Keith Tyson, which brings together several groups of his works. Set up as an exploration of Tyson’s practice, rather than as a mid-career survey, the exhibition focuses on the systems and processes that inform the creation of his work. Tyson’s work can be seen as an ongoing investigation into the question of how and why things come into being. Until 11 November. www.parasol-unit.org

9 - Anish Kapoor - This exhibition surveys Kapoor’s career to date as well as showcasing new and previously unseen works. One of the highlights of the exhibition is the monumental work Svayambh. The work has the appearance of a vast mass of wax that moves almost imperceptibly on sunken rails leaving a residue in its wake as it traverses the breadth of Burlington House. This emblematic work reflects Kapoor’s exploration of sculptural works that actively participate in their own formation. Another highlight of the exhibition is Shooting into the Corner (2009), which will be displayed in the Large Weston and Small Weston Rooms. A cannon will shoot projectiles of red wax into a corner at regular intervals. Relentlessly repeating this action, the work will evolve over the duration of the exhibition as the build up of wax takes on its own form against the walls and the floor of the galleries. The spectacle surrounding the firing of the cannon and the accumulation of the wax produces a work of extraordinary complexity and drama. From 26 September until 11 December. www.royalacademy.org.uk

10 - John Baldessari: Pure Beauty - Based in Los Angeles since the 1960s, John Baldessari (b. 1931) is one of the most influential artists of his generation. Baldessari's lifelong interest in language, both written and visual, has been at the forefront of both his artwork and his teaching, through which, over more than thirty years, he has nurtured and influenced succeeding generations of artists. His work has had a huge influence on Cindy Sherman, David Salle, and Barbara Kruger among others. His works incorporate wit and irony, both mocking conceptual art and delivering it in his written work I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art; superimposing media images and painting with his trademark dots and over-painted figures in The Duress Series; and exploring the idea of subliminal images in advertising in his sequence of ice cubes containing the words of his name, 'U-BUY BAL DES SARI'. From 13 October 2009 until 10 January 2010. www.tate.org.uk/modern


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