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LONDON FOR FUN Newsletter: 18 May 2010 Issue No.194



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

1 - Ryan Gander - Ryan Gander has created a body of work which takes the viewer on a pin-ball like journey through an idiosyncratic history of art, film and media. Whether you enter the living room of Ernö Goldfinger, stumble upon Degas' Dancer, narrowly miss a shower of arrows piercing the gallery floor, or attempt to flee via an escape hatch in the ceiling, each work leads you into a different perceptual space. Gander's intention to disrupt the perceived limits of the gallery is made apparent with his large-scale installation I taught myself how to grow, 2010 on the glass façade of the gallery. The image looks like advertising for tanning salons: a silhouetted woman stands under a palm tree, turning towards the sun. The image is a cliché of a holiday paradise but here created using thousands of highly coloured children's stickers. Hanging in the gallery window is a defunct neon sign that reads 'm ssage' in reference to the 1967 book The Medium is the Massage by Marshall McLuhan and Quentin Fiore. Gander suggests that either a massage or message awaits the viewer upon entering the exhibition, and simultaneously transforms the implied function of the gallery, from a staged to an un-staged space. Until 5 June. www.lissongallery.com

2 - Christian Jankowski - The Perfect Gallery - For ‘The Perfect Gallery’ Jankowski has contracted an interior designer and team of builders to undertake real renovations to the gallery and in conjunction will produce a video that follows the format of an interior-design makeover programme presented by Gordon Whistance. The episode’s aim will be to create ‘the perfect gallery’ from the Pump House Gallery’s idiosyncratic fusion of 19th-century architecture and 1980s interior styling. Until 6 June. www.wandsworth.gov.uk/gallery

3 - Nairy Baghramian and Phyllida Barlow - The sculptors Nairy Baghramian and Phyllida Barlow are shown together for the first time at the Serpentine, in an exhibition exploring two positions on sculpture in the 21st century. The exhibition will offer a new perspective on these two artists, who, though strikingly different in their approach, each examine questions related to the context in which their works are shown, while addressing the art-historical debate on the politics of form. Until 13 June. www.serpentinegallery.org

4 - Rachel Harrison: Conquest of the Useless - Creating kaleidoscopic fields of visual sensation and cultural references, Rachel Harrison combines a wide range of mediums including photography, painting, sculpture, video, installation and architectural interventions. At the heart of this survey show is her installation Indigenous Parts V, 1995-2010, a work which has been recreated in multiple locations, mutating with each context. Here it incorporates pedestals borrowed from London’s museums clustered into a landscape of towers and plateaus on which objects are arranged in idiosyncratic scenarios. Both a display and a stage set for the viewer, Indigenous Parts is simultaneously cryptic, devotional and funny. Until 20 June. www.whitechapel.org

5 - Tacita Dean: Craneway Event - The films, drawings and other works by Tacita Dean are extremely original. Her recent film portraits express something that neither painting nor photography can capture. They are purely film. And while Dean can appreciate the past, her art avoids any kind of academic approach. Dean‘s art is carried by a sense of history, time and place, light quality and the essence of the film itself. The focus of her subtle but ambitious work is the truth of the moment, the film as a medium and the sensibilities of the individual. Until 23 June. www.frithstreetgallery.com

6 - Quilts 1700-2010 - The V&A will present its first ever exhibition of British quilts, with examples dating from 1700 to the present day - a unique opportunity to view the V&A's unseen quilt collection as well as key national loans. Earliest examples include a sumptuous silk and velvet bedcover, with an oral narrative that links it to King Charles II's visit to an Exeter manor house in the late 17th century. Recent examples will include works by leading artists such as Grayson Perry and Tracey Emin and commissions for the exhibition by a number of contemporary artists including Sue Stockwell and Caren Garfen. Until 4 July. www.vam.ac.uk

7 - Henry Moore - Radical, experimental and avant garde, Henry Moore (1898-1986) was one of Britain’s greatest artists. This major exhibition will re-assert his position at the forefront of progressive twentieth-century sculpture, bringing together the most comprehensive selection of his works for a generation. Henry Moore will present over 150 significant works including stone sculptures, wood carvings, bronzes and drawings. Henry Moore will reveal the range and quality of Moore’s art in new ways – sometimes uncovering a dark and erotically charged dimension that challenges the familiar image of the artist and his work. Henry Moore first emerged as an artist in the wake of the First World War, in which he served on the Western Front. This exhibition will emphasise the impact on Moore’s work of its historical and intellectual contexts: the trauma of war, the advent of psychoanalysis and new ideas of sexuality, and the influence of primitive art and surrealism. Until 8 August. www.tate.org.uk

8 - Picasso: The Mediterranean Years (1945-1962) - Including important portraits of Françoise , Claude, Paloma and his last great muse Jacqueline, linocuts, ceramics and several iconic sculptures (La guenon et son petit, 1951, Petite fille sautant à la corde, 1950, La femme enceinte I, 1950, and Sylvette, 1954), "Picasso: The Mediterranean Years" will be organized around generous loans from members of the Picasso family of works that have come to be known as Picasso's Picassos. From 4 June until 28 August. www.gagosian.com

9 - Grace Kelly: Stlye Icon - The spectacular wardrobe of Grace Kelly is on display at the V&A. Tracing the evolution of her style from her days as one of Hollywoods most popular actresses in the 1950s and as Princess Grace of Monaco, the display presents over 50 of Grace Kelly's outfits together with hats, jewellery and the original Hermès Kelly bag. Dresses from her films, including High Society, are on show as well as the gown she wore to accept her Oscar award in 1955. These are accompanied by film clips and posters, photographs and her Oscar statuette. The display also includes the lace ensemble worn by Grace Kelly for her civil marriage ceremony to Prince Rainier in 1956 and 35 haute couture gowns from the 1960s and 70s by her favourite couturiers Dior, Balenciaga, Givenchy, and Yves St Laurent. Until 26 September. www.vam.ac.uk

10 - Cézanne’s Card Players - Paul Cézanne’s famous series of paintings of peasants playing cards has long been considered among his most important and powerful works. This landmark exhibition will be the first to bring together the majority of these remarkable paintings alongside a magnificent group of Cézanne’s closely related portraits of Provençal peasants and rarely seen preparatory oil sketches and drawings. The Courtauld Gallery’s two masterpieces from this series, The Card Players and Man with a Pipe, will be joined by exceptional loans to offer a visual feast of some of Cézanne’s finest paintings. From 21 October 2010 until 16 January 2011. www.courtauld.ac.uk


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