September Art Diary: What to see this month
As September approaches, a change in season ignites a moment of meditation with London Art Fair’s recommended collection of exhibitions which contemplate, reflect and provide a sense of nostalgia.
Discover solo shows from Candida Stevens Gallery, James Freeman Gallery and Messums London. With group shows to explore from Panter & Hall, The Redfern Gallery and Cynthia Corbett.
CANDIDA STEVENS GALLERY
IF WISHES WERE HORSES
KATHARINE LE HARDY
11 SEPTEMBER - 8 OCTOBER
Childhood nostalgia is not dependent on our individual memory, it is influenced by what contemporary society choses to exalt. Simplicity is something that many of us have been extoling during the past 18 months. With reduced opportunity to travel and gather, people have been focused on their immediate surroundings, returning to simple pastimes, and often neglected activities from childhood and the associated joy. Also implicit in these paintings and the freedom of childhood is the notion of time.
Time to play, time to be absorbed, time to wish. The paintings set out to encourage the viewer to take the time to wallow in the affirmative experience of nostalgic memory.
JAMES FREEMAN GALLERY
9 SEPTEMBER - 2 OCTOBER
Discover new works by the young black British painter, Sikelela Owen, who graduated from the Royal Academy School in 2012 and was recently shortlisted for the John Moores Painting Prize.
Painting domestic family subjects with a fluid and gestural style, on the one hand impressionistic and informed by the history of painting, whilst also being disarmingly intimate and sincere.
The works exude the feeling of closeness, of family and familiarity, presented in lush green tones that evoke idyllic natural settings.
EMERGING TALENTS PROGRAMME - FRANCESCO POIANA, RECENT WORK
21 JULY - 10 SEPTEMBER
Francesco Poiana’s diaphanous and dream-like renditions of Italy are like memories, both contemporary and rooted in history. Working en plein air in the Italian landscape, these recent paintings are spontaneous, visual notes that speak to the past as well as something of our contemporary concerns.
Poiana was born at the foothills of the Alps 30 years ago; the son of a winegrower and architect he attended art school in Rome before conducting a Grand Tour in reverse. Coming to Central St Martins, London to study Fine Art and thereafter the Royal Drawing School. The works show were painted over the course of the summer when Poiana returned to Italy to capture the landscape of his home in Friuli Venezia Giulia.
PANTER & HALL
A DEALER'S EYE
8 - 24 SEPTEMBER
This showcase presents a personal selection of 20th century works, some new acquisitions alongside others excavated from the darkest recesses of the gallery’s stockroom.
Although there are works by mid-century Royal Academicians, most paintings are by lesser-known artists or are even, in several cases, completely unattributed. The exhibition is utterly eclectic, each work chosen for its strength of image and quality of execution.
THE REDFERN GALLERY
EILEEN AGAR: ANOTHER LOOK
EILEEN AGAR, FLORENCE HUTCHINGS, LINDER, LUCY STEIN, OLIVIA FRASER AND NADIA HEBSON
19 MAY - 10 SEPTEMBER
To celebrate this year’s major Eileen Agar retrospective at Whitechapel Gallery, The Redfern Gallery has invited five contemporary artists to respond to Agar’s work.
The exhibition confirms Agar’s place as one of the most spirited intriguing and prolific artists of her generation, whilst offering a new perspective on her practice by exhibiting her work alongside that of contemporary artists.
CYNTHIA CORBETT GALLERY
FOCUS ON THE FEMALE
JILL BERELOWITZ, EMILIE TAYLOR, KLARI REIS, CRISTINA SCHEK, RAFAELA DE ASCANIO, ISABELLE VAN ZEIJL, XU YANG, KATHRYN MAPLE, EVE DE HAAN, NICOLE ETIENNE, ANNE VON FREYBURG, TAMI BAHAT, DEBORAH AZZOPARDI, AMANDA MCCAVOUR AND REBECCA HARPER
29 JULY - 31 OCTOBER
Cynthia Corbett Gallery launches their Young Masters’ showcase, made by women, with women and for everyone to appreciate and enjoy.
The Young Masters’ initiative is a powerful platform, supporting and highlighting emerging artists. Explore a survey of artwork of 15 female artists working in a variety of mediums. Featuring Gallery-represented artists, Young Maters alumnae as well as an introduction to artists which have never worked with the gallery before.
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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