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LONDON FOR FUN Newsletter: 14 September 2010 Issue No.198



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

1 - Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera - Exposed offers a fascinating look at pictures made on the sly, without the explicit permission of the people depicted. With photographs from the late nineteenth century to present day, the pictures present a shocking, illuminating and witty perspective on iconic and taboo subjects. Beginning with the idea of the 'unseen photographer', Exposed presents 250 works by celebrated artists and photographers including Brassaï's erotic Secret Paris of the 1930s images; Weegee's iconic photograph of Marilyn Monroe; and Nick Ut's reportage image of children escaping napalm attacks in the Vietnam War. Sex and celebrity is an important part of the exhibition, presenting photographs of Liz Taylor and Richard Burton, Paris Hilton on her way to prison and the assassination of JFK. Other renowned photographers represented in the show include Guy Bourdin, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Philip Lorca DiCorcia, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Nan Goldin, Lee Miller, Helmut Newton and Man Ray. Until 3 October. www.tate.org.uk/modern

2 - Male - “Male” is the latest iteration of a series of exhibitions and a book that began as—and to a great extent, remains—a personal way to understand and organise the many representations of masculinity. To some degree, that involves both engaging and undermining stereotypes: the jock, the rebel, the thug, the aesthete, the stud, the pretty boy. Not one version of masculinity, but many variations, gathered here side-by-side for a conversation, an exchange—sometimes reasoned, often heated. What do these guys have to say to one another? And to us? Until 3 October. www.maureenpaley.com

3 - The Makropulos Case - Amanda Roocroft's heartbreaking performance as the heroine in David Alden's 2006 staging of Janáček's Jenůfa won her the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera. Now she returns to ENO in the first revival of Christopher Alden's Olivier Award-nominated staging of the Czech composer's penultimate opera to star as the enigmatic Emilia Marty, the cold-hearted diva whose uncanny knowledge of past events provides the key to resolving a 100-year-old lawsuit but also unlocks ancient mysteries that call into question mankind's obsessive quest for eternal life. A co-production with the National Theatre in Prague, this striking steel-and-glass Art Deco staging is conducted by one of Britain's great conducting talents, and Janacek champion, Sir Richard Armstrong. From 20 September until 5 October. www.eno.org

4 - Marcus Coates - Questions & Answers - Marcus Coates is renowned for his shamanic performances, where a community or an individual is invited to ask difficult questions pertaining to their own predicament, from the deeply personal to the broadly political. Coates summons answers by communing with an animal kingdom that is part imagined, part scientifically observed. In costume and literally entranced, he relates the nature of this host of species and their attendant attributes; and from these narratives he extracts analogies, identifies thought patterns and discerns clues to a wider understanding. Until 10 October. www.katemacgarry.com

5 - Sinta Werner - Along the Sight Lines - Sinta Werner aims to interrogate our conventional ways of seeing and representing through elaborate fictitious environments. The creation of these architectonic works notably contributes to her exploration of virtual and physical boundaries, the notion of “in-betweens“ and other such aspects linking the two and the three dimensional. Within the main space of the gallery, Werner’s site specific installation “Along the Sight Lines” is elaborated through her playful use of the effect of “double exposure” – the installation in itself evokes a vision perceived from two different angles which is effective from the optimal viewing point of the threshold of the space. In order to create this kind of “double-take”, Werner resorts to a combination of processes driven by the use of digital media – an important and innovative element in her work. Until 17 October. www.nettiehorn.com

6 - Camille Silvy, Photographer of Modern Life, 1834-1910 - The first retrospective exhibition of work by Camille Silvy, one of the greatest French photographers of the nineteenth century, will open at the National Portrait Gallery this summer. Marking the centenary of Silvy's death, Camille Silvy, Photographer of Modern Life, 1834 - 1910, will include over a hundred objects, many of which have not been exhibited since 1860. The portraits on display offer a unique glimpse into nineteenth-century Paris and Victorian London through the eyes of one of photography's greatest innovators. Until 24 October. www.npg.org.uk

7 - Tate Britain Duveens Commission 2010 - Fiona Banner - Fiona Banner is best known for her 'wordscapes', written transcriptions of the frame-by-frame action in Hollywood war films. She has long been fascinated by the emblem of the fighter plane. Her compulsion to grasp the uncomfortable resonances of these war machines has produced a growing archive of material. From pencil drawings to newspaper cuttings and Airfix model collections of all the fighter planes currently in service, the modesty of her works often contrasts with the heroic connotations of her subject. Here, Banner places recently decommissioned fighter planes in the incongruous setting of the Duveen Galleries. For Banner these objects represent the 'opposite of language', used when communication fails. In bringing body and machine into close proximity she explores the tension between the intellectual perception of the fighter plane and physical experience of the object. The suspended Sea Harrier transforms machine into captive bird, the markings tattooing its surface evoking its namesake the Harrier Hawk. A Jaguar lies belly up on the floor, its posture suggestive of a submissive animal. Stripped and polished, its surface functions as a shifting mirror, exposing the audience to its own reactions. Harrier and Jaguar remain ambiguous objects implying both captured beast and fallen trophy. Until 3 January 2011. www.tate.org.uk

8 - Eadweard Muybridge - The pioneering Anglo-American photographer Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904) will be the subject of a major retrospective at Tate Britain in autumn 2010. Bringing together over 150 works, this exhibition will demonstrate how Muybridge broke new ground in the emerging art form of photography. From his iconic images of motion to depictions of the sublime landscapes of America, the exhibition will present the full range of Muybridge’s work, exploring how he created and honed remarkable images that continue to resonate powerfully. Until 16 January 2011. www.tate.org.uk

9 - Gauguin - Gauguin (1848-1903) is one of the most influential and celebrated artists of the late nineteenth century. Remarkably, this is the first major exhibition in London to be devoted to his work in over half a century. Bringing together over one hundred works from public and private collections from around the world, the exhibition will take a fresh and compelling look at this master of modern art. Challenging commonly held assumptions about the artist and his practice and encompassing paintings, sculptures and drawings, as well as a documentary section, the exhibition will reveal the complexity and richness of his narrative strategies for a twenty-first century audience. Key loans include Self-portrait with Manao tu papau 1893, Teha 'amana has many Parents 1893 and Vision of the Sermon 1888. From 30 September 2010 until 16 January 2011. www.tate.org.uk/modern

10 - Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year - The annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition finds the very best images of nature taken by the world’s top professional and amateur photographers. The 2010 search has now been completed, and the winning and commended images will be on show in the exhibition at the Natural History Museum. From 22 October 2010 until 11 March 2010. www.nhm.ac.uk


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