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South Africa’s Goodman Gallery announces Autumn Opening in London

Scott & Co are delighted to be working with Goodman Gallery, who will be opening a new London gallery space in Autumn 2019. Globally renowned as the pre-eminent art gallery on the African continent, Goodman Gallery’s new location at 26 Cork Street, W1S will complement its two existing spaces in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa.

 

Established in 1966, Goodman Gallery has been pivotal in shaping the contemporary South African art scene from the time of apartheid, and has maintained its legacy for championing social justice for over half a century, providing a platform for art that challenges the limits of freedom of expression. Goodman Gallery’s roster of top artists from South Africa and beyond includes Candice Breitz, Alfredo Jaar, William Kentridge, Shirin Neshat and the late David Goldblatt. The gallery also brings to London a new generation of core contemporary names from Africa and the Diaspora, such as Nolan Oswald Dennis, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Grada Kilomba, Kapwani Kiwanga, and Tabita Rezaire.

 

Speaking with artnet, gallery owner and director, Liza Essers said: “Having a physical location in London grows the gallery’s impact on the global ecosystem for the long term, ensuring the spike in interest for African and diasporic art stretches beyond a ‘fashionable moment’ and into the history books.”

Wysing Arts Centre’s 30th Anniversary alumni exhibition to include Laure Prouvost, Imran Perretta, Turner Prize nominee Tai Shani & more

As part of its 30th anniversary programming, Wysing will stage an exhibition of alumni artists who have lived and worked at the centre during its 30-year history. Opening on 7 July and staged across Wysing’s 11-acre rural site, All His Ghosts Must Do My Bidding considers art as magic, artists as magicians, and the studio as a magical site. The exhibition features new commissions from artists Jill McKnight, Tessa Norton, Pallavi Paul, Imran Perretta and Morgan Quaintance alongside works from Anna Bunting-Branch, Olivier Castel, Melika Ngombe Kolongo, Shana Moulton, Harold Offeh, Heather Phillipson, Elizabeth Price, Laure Prouvost, Phil Root and Turner Prize-nominated Tai Shani. 
 
The exhibition begins as an idealistic retelling of ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’, the tale in which an apprentice uses the master’s magic to cause chaos in the unattended studio, before being caught and punished. In a deliberate act of misreading, All His Ghosts… leaves its telling unfinished, re-interpreting the story as one of liberation. With the ‘forbidding’ master sorcerer gone, and the story’s moralising ending removed, the apprentice is free to experiment, to create and to fail without judgement. 

 

The exhibition runs until 25 August.

 

Image: Jonathan Baldock, PA UBU, 2015. Installation shot at The College of Wooster Art Museum. Photographer Petr Wiese
 
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23rd April, 2019

JINGART art fair to move to Beijing Exhibition Centre for second edition

Founded by the team of ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair in 2018, JINGART will present international galleries showcasing museum-grade works of modern and contemporary art and design, furniture, fine jewellery, decorative arts and more. Uniquely positioned to offer access to the beating heart of China’s art market and the dynamism and diversity of culture in its capital city, domestic gallerists ShanghART Gallery (Beijing, Shanghai), Hive Center for Contemporary Art (Beijing), Pekin Fine Arts (Beijing) and Soka Art (Beijing) will exhibit alongside internationally renowned dealers, David Zwirner (Hong Kong, London, New York), Hauser & Wirth (Gstaad, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York, Somerset, St. Moritz, Zurich), Galerie Perrotin (Hong Kong, New York, Paris, Seoul, Shanghai, Tokyo), Gallery All (Beijing, Los Angeles), Ota Fine Arts (Tokyo, Shanghai) and Whitestone Gallery (Hong Kong, Karuizawa, Taipei, Tokyo).

 

For its second edition, JINGART relocates to the historic Beijing Exhibition Centre – completed in 1954 in the Sino-Soviet style. The move echoes the atmosphere of its sister fair, ART021’s venue, Shanghai Exhibition Centre and will provide new and returning exhibitors with the grandeur and scale to complement the objects on exhibit.

Cecily Brown: shipwrecks and sirens at Thomas Dane Gallery Naples

Celebrating the first anniversary of their Naples outpost, Thomas Dane Gallery opened an exhibition of a major new body of work from New York-based British painter, Cecily Brown. Brown chose to focus on shipwrecks in her exhibition We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea, a historically captivating topic for many painters, from Vernet to Turner. The shipwreck – real or symbolic – in literature, painting or philosophy, has been described as the “Absolute Metaphor”.

 

For her first exhibition in Naples, Brown took inspiration from the work of the French ‘Romantiques’; Gericault and Delacroix, and combined their vision with her favourite subjects – the Nude, the Bathers – to remanufacture the shipwrecks of the past with her own reading of the news. This new body of work fits effortlessly into the gallery, overlooking the bay of Naples in a converted palazzo, echoing the city’s rich and often turbulent history.

 

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Courtesy the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery.

Photo: Amedeo Benestante

80’s Reggae & Dub scene immortalised in paintings by Denzil Forrester at Stephen Friedman Gallery

On 25 April Stephen Friedman Gallery will open a survey exhibition of works by Grenada-born, British artist Denzil Forrester. The artist’s first exhibition with the gallery includes new and historical work and is accompanied by a substantial new publication featuring essays by Sam Thorne (Director of Nottingham Contemporary and Contributing Editor of Frieze) and Eddie Chambers (Curator and Professor of Art History at the University of Texas, Austin).

 

The artist’s work – characterised by vivid colours, gestural brushstrokes and energetic compositions – immortalises the energy of the London reggae and dub nightclub scene during the early 1980s.

 

“In 1980, I started going to all-night ‘blues’ clubs.’ Forrester explains: ‘The music playing in these clubs was reggae which generated particular dance movements and specialised clothing, all of which play an important part in my painting. In these clubs, city life is recreated in essence: sounds, lights, police sirens, bodies pushing and swaying back and forth. It’s a continuation of city life with some spiritual fulfilment. The idea of finding tranquil moments among a complex and cluttered environment is the basic structure for my paintings. The figures and images in my work are crowded together……but are also reminiscent of the light that breaks through a forest, or the light that reflects from a nightclub’s mirrored ball.”

 

The exhibition runs until 25 May.

 

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sketch snaps up new Marcus Tomlinson exhibition

Celebrating a career which spans three decades, visionary London photographer and filmmaker Marcus Tomlinson has partnered with sketch to launch an exhibition of fashion and landscape photographs, films and wallpaper designs.

 

Entitled ‘Madonna’ the exhibition features new work from Tomlinson which combines his background in art and fashion. Through a series of photographs and films, the exhibition celebrates the essence of the idealised woman through the lens of fashion imagery.

 

Throughout his career Tomlinson has worked with the biggest names in fashion and cites his collaborations with Philip Treacy and Issey Miyake as important moments. His intensely crafted imagery has won him international acclaim both in the world of fashion and recognition from international galleries and museums.

 

‘Madonna’ – at sketch runs until 10th May 2019

 

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22nd March, 2019

Outset announces Transformative Grant at inaugural Outset Partners event

On 13th March, Scott & Co were at the Royal Academy of Art to launch Outset Partners’ new grants initiative. Outset Partners is the new accelerator unit of Outset – the leading international philanthropic enterprise – pooling donations from a group of dynamic private philanthropists to recognise and support some of the most visionary projects led by public institutions.
 
Transformative Grant of £150,000, designed to afford the opportunity for one significant project to radically re-think the art institution of the future, was jointly awarded to the Whitworth, the University of Manchester and Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven for their initiative, The Constituent Museum: Collecting Relations and the Transformational Potential of Arte Útil. Using the methodology of Arte Útil developed by artist Tania Bruguera over the last ten years, the two museums have set out to radically transform their core collecting, curating and presenting strategies based on relationships drawn with local community groups.

 

Max Brown Hotels announces the arrival of Eyal Shani in Vienna’s Neubau district

Opening in the heart of Vienna’s creative quarter, Max Brown 7th District will introduce a warm and inviting place to stay in this historic European city.

The hotel will feature a new restaurant from chef Eyal Shani, aka ‘The King of Cauliflower’, whose celebrated dishes debuted in New York’s Chelsea Market last year following the popularity of restaurants in Tel Aviv, Paris, Vienna and Melbourne. Occupying the ground floor, chef Eyal Shani will introduce Seven North – a new restaurant and cocktail bar serving South Mediterranean, wood-fire cooked dishes.

Located in Neubau, the hotel is surrounded by an eclectic mix of local businesses and must-see attractions, including the legendary Café Sperl coffee house, Naschmarkt’s food stalls, and the Leopold Museum, home to works by Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt. A small shop on-site will showcase items from local brands and the hotel will hold weekly events in collaboration with Vienna-based creatives.

The hotel includes over 140 rooms and suites with room rates under 100 Euros per night.

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21st February, 2019

‘Enlightening Times’ at Duddell’s

On 24 March, Duddell’s, one of Hong Kong’s leading cultural and social destinations, will open ‘Enlightening Times’. For the exhibition, JĂŠrĂ´me Sans, co-founder of Palais de Tokyo and former Director of Beijing’s UCCA, has selected key works from the contemporary Chinese art collection of John Dodelande. ‘Enlightening Times’ aims to initiate a dialogue between two major figures from China’s contemporary art scene, Wang Guangle (b.1976, Fujian) and Li Shurui (b. 1981, Chongqing), who explore ever-changing states of light and colour in different ways.

 

Known for her large-format compositions that investigate the intimate relationship between the abstract concepts of light and space, Li Shurui’s ‘Lights’ series explores the physical and metaphysical elements of different light spectrums. The artist was also recently commissioned to design a special, limited edition handbag for Christian Dior, based on a painting from the John Dodelande Collection that will be displayed at Duddell’s. Christian Dior will launch Li Shurui’s handbag during Art Basel Hong Kong 2019.

 

The works of renowned artist Wang Guangle seek to capture the passage of light varying over time and space. This is echoed in his series ‘Untitled’ in which the artist applies paint from the far edges of the canvas towards the centre. The resulting effect is an illusion of depth with the lighter tones acting as a framing device, creating a subtle graduation of colour, and the effect of an illuminated rectangle or void.

 

Alan Lo, co-founder of Duddell’s said, “‘Enlightening Times’ is a continuation of Duddell’s dedication to giving local and international contemporary art practitioners an alternative and innovative platform to experiment with new forms of exhibition making, as well as to explore fresh ways to connect with an audience.”

 

The exhibition runs until 23 June 2019.

15th February, 2019

Jenn Nkiru film premieres at Frieze Los Angeles from Frieze and Gucci Second Summer of Love series

BLACK TO TECHNO, a new film by Peckham-born artist and filmmaker Jenn Nkiru premiered at the Paramount Theatre in Los Angeles this week. Shot on location in Detroit, Nkiru charts the birth of Techno in this city and focuses on its cultural grounding in the black community. A series of interviews with academics and individuals offers an insightful perspective on one of modern music’s most influential sounds. The film will be screened to the public at the inaugural Frieze Los Angeles fair over the weekend.

 

BLACK TO TECHNO is the fourth and final film in the ‘Second Summer of Love’ series co-commissioned by Frieze and Gucci. Four artists have been commissioned to create films inspired by the explosion of electronic music and youth culture which swept the UK and Europe in 1988. Each film explores the enduring impact of acid house on contemporary culture.

 

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4th February, 2019

Out of This World at Stephen Friedman Gallery

Opening on 7 February, ‘Out of This World’ is an all-female group exhibition, bringing together the works of figurative artists Heidi Hahn, Donna Huddleston, Becky Kolsrud, Naudline Pierre, Mathilde Rosier and Antonia Showering. The works in the exhibition look to examine how each artist draws inspiration from the ethereal realms of fantasy, dreams and the unconscious mind to challenge preconceived notions of gender and identity.
 
The fantastical work of Becky Kolsrud (pictured) tests conventional ideas about the female nude. Engaging with historical depictions of the surreal, reclining bodies are scaled up and become synthesised with mountain ranges and vast, azure lakes.
 
The exhibition runs until 2 March 2019.
 
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22nd January, 2019

Hola Barcelona – Sir Hotels to open in the Spanish city this spring

Sir Hotels, the hotel collection combining contemporary design with authentic experiences, will open its sixth property in the heart of Barcelona spring 2019. Named after one of the region’s most respected women authors, Caterina Albert i ParadĂ­s – who became known under her pen name Victor CatalĂ  – Sir Victor will feature a spacious library to relax in and unwind, one of the best in-house spas in town and a verdant roof terrace complete with a pool overlooking Casa MilĂ , Sagrada Familia and the lights of MontjuĂŻc. The hotel will also introduce a tucked-away bar, rooftop pool and two restaurants influenced by Barcelona’s vibrant atmosphere.

 

Deeply rooted in its neighbourhood, the new destination for fun, wellness and contemporary culture will roll out a Sir Explore city guide, which will provide exclusive access to experiences hosted by in-the-know makers, curators and figures in Catalonia’s culinary scene.

 

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22nd January, 2019

New Work from Cathy Wilkes to fill British Pavilion in Venice

At the 58th International Art Exhibition at La Biennale de Venezia in 2019, the British Pavilion will present a major solo exhibition of new work by Glasgow-based Cathy Wilkes. Commissioned by the British Council, Wilkes marks the third consecutive woman artist selected for the role, following Sarah Lucas and Phyllida Barlow.

 

A 2008 Turner Prize nominee, Wilkes is one of a generation of artists who was educated in Glasgow and emerged at the forefront of British visual art practice in the mid 1990s. Since then, Wilkes has built a reputation for her mysterious and evocative sculptural installations. Her practice frequently employs everyday objects to reflect on the banalities of daily life, questioning how art can relate to human experience

 

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22nd January, 2019

Collectors Komal Shah and Gaurav Garg with Stanford Arts appoint Scott & Co for a Major Cultural Initiative

Komal Shah has worked as an engineer and executive for companies including Oracle, Netscape, and Yahoo, and has organised fundraising campaigns for various non-profit organisations. Shah is also a member of the accessions committees at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the North American acquisitions committee at the Tate Modern in London, and was appointed as a trustee of SFMOMA in May 2018 and a trustee of the Tate Americas Foundation in spring 2018. She was recently featured in ArtNews’ top 200 art collectors of 2018.

 

Stanford University is the home of interdisciplinary thinking that catalyzes innovation. The Stanford Arts Initiative makes the arts a fundamental part of a Stanford education and builds the resources and programmes required to realise that vision.
22nd January, 2019

Thomas Dane Gallery Celebrates First Anniversary in Naples

A year after opening its Naples offshoot, Thomas Dane Gallery lines up a spring programme with two solo shows of women painters. Opening January is a solo presentation of new works by Caragh Thuring in an exhibition sympathetic to its hosting city. The artist has returned to the motif of tartan, linking two unlikely sites together; Scotland, the country of her youth, to Naples.

 

Heralding in the Spring is an exhibition of major new work by New York-based British artist, Cecily Brown. The artist’s new body of paintings is a continuation of her Shipwreck series which she has worked and re-worked in recent years. Brown has taken particular inspiration from the works of the French ‘Romantiques’, allegorical masterpieces and her own reading of present-day news.

 

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