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LONDON FOR FUN Newsletter: 04 November 2009 Issue No.184



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

1 - Boo Ritson: Back-Roads Journeys - Back-Roads Journeys begins in ‘The Diner', an installation at Alan Cristea Gallery, where visitors are introduced to the Diner Waitress, unhappy in her job, waiting on the Trucker's table; he's stopped by for a quick burger. Their portraits are set alongside still lifes of fast food, a new series of screenprints on plexiglass of classic American diner food and a triptych interior scene made familiar through American road movies. The story moves to ‘The Gas Station' at Poppy Sebire's gallery where we see the Diner Waitress who, having quit her job for a new life in the South, is hitching a lift with her friend the Trucker. Here, the narrative evolves with the addition of new characters associated with life on an American highway. Boo Ritson depicts characters and still lifes drawn from her own imagined narratives merged with borrowed Americana. For each piece she paints her subject in a thick emulsion and then has the scene photographed whilst the paint is still wet. The resulting image sits somewhere between painting, sculpture, performance and photography. Until 21 November. www.alancristea.com

2 - David Ward: Rink - This November, artist David Ward transforms the floor of London’s vast underground P3 gallery into a huge light drawing. Linear drawings from sources including ice skating will be digitally projected from the high ceiling of P3 on to the expansive floor. Viewers will see the constantly changing work unfolding from the mezzanines in the space and can also take to the floor, walking amongst the lines, arcs and spirals which move and layer over the surface like the paths of skaters or stars. Until 22 November. www.p3exhibitions.com

3 - Les Arts Florissants / Christie - Grands Motets - Conductor and harpsichordist William Christie founded the acclaimed period instrument ensemble Les Arts Florissants 30 years ago to celebrate the music of the Baroque. Here is a chance to hear these superb musicians truly on their home turf. 26 November. http://barbican.org.uk

4 - Head-Wig (Portrait of an exhibition): Selected by Paulina Olowska - Polish artist, Paulina Olowska, has brought together a number of works by international artists which can be related by a common theme, what she has termed ‘perceptual ambiguity’. Most of the selected artworks operate within the genre of portraiture either specifically or ambiguously and include paintings by Jarosław Bauć, Jakub Julian Ziółkowski and Simon Ling and photography by Cindy Sherman and Catherine Sullivan. Olowska has designed the installation creating a labyrinth of images which distort the space of the gallery so that a narrative arises between the different pieces. Until 29 November. www.camdenartscentre.org

5 - Mariele Neudecker - Mariele Neudecker is best known for her vitrines containing landscapes of forests, lakes or mountains together with simulated weather effects. Here, as new work she has created a pair of ‘eyeball’ tanks with lighthouses projecting into cloudy skies. Using sculpture, film and photography, Neudecker creates a playful frisson between historical representations of the Sublime landscape and our perception, imagination and memory of experience. Her work involves the interrogation of the cultural phenomenon of Romanticism and its elevation of nature and landscape into vehicles for emotional transcendence, philosophical contemplation and cultural identity. Until 29 November. www.roomartspace.co.uk

6 - Bridget Riley - Bridget Riley is one of Britain’s best-known artists whose career has spanned over 50 years. She first received acclaim for her work in the early 1960s with black and white paintings that explored the dynamic effects of optical phenomena. In 1967 Riley began experimenting with colour, and since then her practice has examined the perception of nature by means of colour and forms. Riley is noted for constructing a plastic pictorial space between the canvas and the viewer, creating spatial relationships using a distinctive palette and a vocabulary of shapes that is continually evolving. Until 19 December. www.timothytaylorgallery.com

7 - Ed Ruscha: Fifty Years of Painting - This is the first retrospective to focus exclusively on the paintings of the Los Angeles based artist, one of the most influential and pioneering American artists of the past half century. Spanning his career, the exhibition reveals the depth and breadth of Ruscha’s achievement as a painter and highlights the conceptual underpinnings of his approach to painting. In addition to exploring the impact of print and graphic media on the artist’s aesthetic strategies, it also focuses on the incisive portrait of American culture that is presented through his imagery. Until 10 January. www.hayward.org.uk

8 - Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2009 - The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2009 presents the very best in contemporary portrait photography, showcasing the work of some of the most talented emerging young photographers, alongside that of established professionals, photography students and gifted amateurs. This year's competition attracted over 2,400 photographers who together submitted more than 6,300 images. The resulting exhibition of sixty works, includes the four prize-winners and the winner of the Godfrey Argent Award. Until 14 February 2010. www.npg.org.uk

9 - Points of View: Capturing the 19th century in photographs - From the first tentative ‘drawings of shadows’ produced in the mid-1830s to its universal acceptance as a leisure pursuit, photography was swept along by a tide of entrepreneurial activity throughout the 19th century. Organised by subject matter, the exhibition asks: 'Who was taking the photograph and why?' Section by section, items are presented within their cultural context to explore some of the major themes of the 19th century – from expansion to industrialisation, science, and the rapid changes taking place in society. The final section reveals how technology responded to the demands of a developing mass market for photography, which continues to the present day. Until 7 March 2010. www.bl.uk

10 - Dieter Rams - Less and More - For 40 years, from 1955 until 1995, Dieter Rams designed or oversaw the design of over 500 products for the German electronics manufacturer Braun, as well as furniture for Vitsœ. Audio equipment, calculators, shavers and shelving systems are just some of the products created by Dieter Rams, each item holds a special place in the history of industrial and furniture design and has established Dieter Rams as one of the most influential designers of the late 20th century. This exhibition is the first UK definitive retrospective of Dieter Rams’ career in over 12 years. Showcasing landmark designs for both Braun and Vitsœ, this exhibition will examine how Dieter Rams’ design ethos inspired and challenged perceptions of domestic design and assesses Dieter Rams’ lasting influence on today’s design landscape. Archive film footage, models, sketches and prototypes will be displayed alongside specially commissioned interviews with Dieter Rams’ contemporaries, which include Jonathon Ive, Jasper Morrision, Sam Hecht and Naoto Fukasawa. From 18 November 2009 until 14 March 2010. www.designmuseum.org


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