November Art Diary: What to see this month
For your November Art Diary, five exhibitions re-imagine and re-invent our surroundings through narratives presented in a variety of mediums.
For a contemporary solo focus, LAF Recommends shows from Anima Mundi Gallery and The Redfern Gallery; a post war European solo presentation from James Hyman Gallery; alongside group shows from Elizabeth Xi Bauer Gallery and James Freeman Gallery.
ANIMA MUNDI GALLERY
13 NOVEMBER - 15 JANUARY
John Robinson’s figurative works offer a contemporary subversion of traditional self portraiture.
For the artist, these paintings embrace personal concern, disclosure and catharsis, whilst for the voyeur the experience appears both elaborately grandiose and awkwardly revealing.
Robinson’s process often involves private performance, seasoned with personal, cultural and socio-political symbolism, from which a still is taken from the video of these actions. These are then developed into oil paint on canvas. The final process imbues the subject with an intangible emotive quality that only the gesture of painting can imply.
THE REDFERN GALLERY
16 NOVEMBER - 21 DECEMBER
The Redfern Gallery are pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by Catherine Kurtz.
This body of work represents Kurtz’ expression of our universal vulnerability and mortal fragility. Observing and recording both subject and her own responses, rigorously attending to its every detail, Kurtz invites the viewer to do the same.
JAMES HYMAN GALLERY
PETER DE FRANCIA
17 NOVEMBER - 17 DECEMBER
James Hyman Gallery is pleased to present Peter de Francia’s Disparates to mark the centenary of his birth.
De Francia’s stark drawings in deep black charcoal and bold paintings in vivid even lurid colours, present a world of light as well as dark, a place of contentment as well as despair. For to appreciate de Francia’s achievements is to recognise a realist with an eye for the fantastic, a classicist with the heart of a romantic. Compassionate humanism married to satire gives an edge to his attacks on targets such as politicians, the press, the military, religion and science.
ELIZABETH XI BAUER GALLERY
LITTLE FRANK AND HIS CARP
ALEXANDRE CANONICO, NICOLAS DESHAYES AND ABRAHAM KRITZMAN
1 OCTOBER - 24 NOVEMBER
Explore the connections between architecture, pleasure, eroticism and creativity.
Through three contemporary artists working across a variety of mediums the exhibition aims to emulate the connections between architecture, pleasure, eroticism and creativity which blended forces in Andrea Fraser’s eponymous 2001 video.
JAMES FREEMAN GALLERY
JOHN STARK, CAROLEIN SMIT, SUZANNE MOXHAY AND JON BRALEY
4 - 27 NOVEMBER
Nychtophilia is an exhibition about the magic of the night presented through the work of four contemporary artists: John Stark, Carolein Smit, Suzanne Moxhay, and Jon Braley.
John Stark’s paintings explore the imaginative potential of the dark with a lithe sense of humour. Carolein Smit’s ceramic sculptures depict the characters and animals that inhabit the nocturnal chambers of the mind. Suzanne Moxhay creates magical fictitious scenes by piecing together diverse imagery in photographic montages. Jon Braley’s paintings capture a moonlit sky as seen from within a forest.
SOGEN CHIBA, REIKO TSUNASHIMA AND MIZUHO KOYAMA
8 - 30 OCTOBER
Sumi, or Japanese ink, has been used for Oriental calligraphic works and paintings for a long time. The need for works in Sumi, an art form backed by a long unbroken history, remains strong.
In contemporary art, which is filled with an indiscriminate mix of materials and representation techniques, works produced based on Sumi are specifically referred to as “Sumi_ism” and at #7 exhibition a collection of works from Reiko Tsunashima and Sogen Chiba, Mizuho Koyama are displayed from this field.
STUCK ON DAWN
17 JULY - 26 AUGUST
Kerlin Gallery are delighted to present ‘Stuck on dawn,’ Marcel Vidal’s first solo exhibition at the gallery.
Celebrated for his diverse practice and immersive sculptural installations, the exhibition brings together three series of work in Marcel Vidal’s first exhibition dedicated exclusively to painting.
A VERY SPECIAL PLACE: IKON IN THE 1990s
18 JUNE – 30 AUGUST
A review of Ikon’s artistic programme in the 1990s, presenting work by 40 artists who showed during this period. With Elizabeth Macgregor as Director, Ikon’s outlook was increasingly international, whilst also showing an eclectic mix of British artists including Basil Beattie, Permindar Kaur, Keith Piper, Yinka Shonibare, Georgina Starr and Mark Wallinger.
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