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LONDON FOR FUN Newsletter: 18 November 2010 Issue No.200



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

1 - Peter Blake - This exhibition is entitled Homage 10 x 5 - Blake's Artists and consists of fifty works that are a homage to ten artists who have interested and excited Blake during his career: Joseph Cornell, Sonia Delaunay, Mark Dion, Damien Hirst, Henri Matisse, Jack Pierson, Robert
Rauschenberg, Kurt Schwitters, Saul Steinberg, and H.C. Westermann. Until 11 December. www.waddington-galleries.com

2 - Leon Kossoff - Kossoff (b.1926) is one of Britain’s greatest living artists. He continues to paint scenes of London as one of his abiding subjects – such as Hawksmoor’s Christchurch, Spitalfields, which is represented in the exhibition by three major works. Central to the exhibition are depictions of a single cherry tree in a Willesden garden that Kossoff had viewed for years. When the tree began to lean, the decision was made to buttress it with two wooden stakes, rather than let it fall to decay. It is in this rather poignant form that it became the focus of the body of work, both painted and drawn. It once must have belonged to a larger orchard, before the surrounding gardens were built, and in its singular form displays both strength and dignity. As with so much of Kossoff’s work, the paintings’ resonance comes from the artist’s ability to render a very personal response to the long, careful and considered observation of his subjects, which at the same time are able to communicate rather universal sentiments. Until 17 December. www.annelyjudafineart.co.uk

3 - 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

4 - Rosa Barba - Rosa Barba's work encompasses film, sculpture, installation and publications. In this exhibition, Barba's carefully choreographed installation divides viewers' attention between the projected image and projector itself, posing questions as to which is the narrative and which the narrator. The artist's distinctive use of light and sound permeates the gallery, resulting in a compelling, multi-sensory experience composed of a range of different objects, images, forms and surfaces. In her films, Rosa Barba surveys unusual places or improbable situations, creating works that reflect both her social and cultural research and her interest in film as a medium and as a physical presence. Until 8 January 2011. www.tate.org.uk/modern

5 - 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. Until 16 January 2011. www.courtauld.ac.uk

6 - Venice: Canaletto and his Rivals - This exhibition presents the finest assembly of Venetian views since the much-celebrated display in Venice in 1967. It features works by Canaletto and all the major practitioners of the genre. Bringing together around 50 major loans from public and private collections across Europe and North America, the exhibition highlights the rich variety of Venetian view painting. The exhibition includes many of Canaletto’s greatest masterpieces, including ‘The Riva degli Schiavoni, looking West’ (Sir John Soane’s Museum, London), The Stonemason’s Yard (The National Gallery, London), and four of the finest works from the Royal Collection. Until 16 January 2011. www.nationalgallery.org.uk

7 - Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2010 - The highly regarded New Contemporaries exhibition is a snapshot of today’s emerging art landscape featuring 49 artists working across film, sculpture, photography, painting, animation and performance. Offering unparalleled access to new practice and ideas from across the UK, this exhibition sits at the heart of a dynamic and discursive programme of discussions, workshops and performances for both artists and audiences. From 26 November until 23 January. www.ica.org.uk

8 - Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion - Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion is the first exhibition in Europe to comprehensively survey avant-garde Japanese fashion, from the early 1980s to the present. Curated by the eminent Japanese fashion historian Akiko Fukai, Director of the Kyoto Costume Institute, the exhibition explores the unique sensibility of Japanese design, and its sense of beauty embodied in clothing. From 15 October 2010 until 6 February 2011. www.barbican.org.uk

9 - Baghdad - This September, Imperial War Museum London will display a car salvaged from the bombing of the historic Al-Mutanabbi street book market in Baghdad. The bombing on 5 March 2007 killed 38 people and wounded many more, and is viewed as an attack on Baghdad's cultural life. No one has ever claimed responsibility. The Museum has worked with Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller to present the destroyed vehicle, a major new acquisition which serves as evidence of the impact of modern war on civilians. Previously the car has featured in Deller's project in the United States, It Is What It Is. It will now be displayed in Imperial War Museum London’s main atrium, surrounded by some of the most powerful military hardware of the past 100 years. During its time on display, the car will be the focus for a series of open conversations about the conflict in Iraq. Until 5 March 2011. www.iwm.org.uk

10 - Journey through the afterlife: ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead - The ‘Book’ was not a single text but a compilation of spells designed to guide the deceased through the dangers of the underworld, ultimately ensuring eternal life. Many of the examples of the Book of the Dead in the exhibition have never been seen before, and many are from the British Museum’s unparalleled collection. These beautifully illustrated spells on papyrus and linen were used for over 1,000 years, and the oldest examples are over 3,500 years old. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see these fascinating and fragile objects on display. In addition to the unique works on papyrus and linen, superbly crafted funerary figurines (shabtis), amulets, jewellery, statues and coffins illustrate the many stages of the journey from death to the afterlife, including the day of burial, protection in the tomb, judgement, and entering the hereafter. From 4 November 2010 until 6 March 2011. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk


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