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Painting on the Edge: A Historical Survey

Stephen Friedman Gallery’s summer shows opened yesterday evening, which explore radical approaches to painting over the last fifty years.


‘Painting on the Edge: A Historical Survey’ brings together works by eighteen renowned masters and lesser-known artists from around the world and explores the radical approaches taken to painting in the post-war period. The exhibition focuses on artists, such as Alberto Burri, Sergio Camargo, Marcos Grigorian, Harmony Hammond, Carol Rama, Günther Uecker, Jack Whitten, who veered away from the traditional methods of painting by knotting or completely removing the canvas, using shaped stretchers, and testing alternative materials.


In the other gallery space, LA-based artist Channing Hansen will create new hand-knitted paintings based on algorithms derived from artist’s own DNA. It is his debut solo exhibition in the UK, as well as with the gallery. Hansen is a polymath, simultaneously pursuing interests in craft, science and technology. His large hand-knitted textiles are mounted on bare wooden stretchers. Vibrant abstract forms undulate across the meticulously composed surfaces.


Both shows are on until 29 July 2017.


sketch collaborates with Diptyque and Pommery to present the Mayfair Flower Show

In homage to the annual RHS flower show, sketch presents the second edition of the Mayfair Flower Show with Diptyque and Pommery. This year’s exhibition has transformed No.9 Conduit Street into an oasis of colour and scent, with immersive gardens by five of London’s leading florists.


To compliment the show, the legendary French perfume house Diptyque has paired the rich scents of the flora throughout the restaurant with its much-loved Cypres blend. For a fully immersive experience, sketch has created a cocktail inspired by Cypres; a fresh, green and woody serve, aptly named Pique-a-Pine. Award-winning milliner Piers Atkinson brings finishing touches with a line of bespoke floral headpieces, which are being modelled onsite by sketch ambassadors throughout the show.


The Mayfair Flower Show runs until the 29th May.



Pavilion of Israel at the 57th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia

Sun Stand Still, Gal Weinstein’s project for the Israeli pavilion at the 57th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, is a new, site-specific installation which explores the human desire to stop time. Reflecting a fascination with actual and potential forms of creation and destruction, progress and devastation, this project critically engages with the mythological and Romantic images embedded in Israel’s collective memory. Each part of the exhibition is related to works created by Weinstein over the past decade, so that his entire oeuvre is woven into a single, cohesive installation.
The installation’s title refers to the biblical miracle performed by the ancient Israelite leader Joshua Bin-Nun, who sought to win his battle against the kings of Canaan before darkness fell. By commanding the sun to stop in its course, Bin-Nun attempted to arrest the passage of time. The central axis of the project – Moon over Ayalon Valley – is a representation of this biblical miracle. The exhibition transforms the national pavilion – both physically and metaphorically – into an abandoned site; a desolate, moldy and decaying building whose days of glory have long passed, a ghostly space pervaded by signs of decline.

Preview Today: Frieze New York 2017

The sixth edition of Frieze New York includes exhibitions by more than 200 leading galleries from 31 countries. The fair takes place at Randall’s Island Park from May 5 – 7, 2017 with galleries joining from six continents, including first-time exhibitors from Brazil, Guatemala, Japan and Poland. Highlights include presentations of some of today’s most significant artists and artworks from around the world, such as Lorna Simpson, John Currin, Anri Sala, Keith Sonnier, Tala Madani and Kevin Beasley.


A press release with additional details about the comprehensive program for Frieze New York 2017 is available here.



The Standard and Katy Perry Host Party After 2017 Met Gala

This week, New York’s iconic room Top of The Standard held its eighth annual party following the most anticipated fashion event of the year. Hosted by 2017 Met Gala co-chair Katy Perry, the exclusive celebration welcomed gala attendees and friends including Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez, Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen, Alexa Chung and Alexander Skarsgård, Marc Jacobs, Kate Hudson, Raf Simons, Julianne Moore, and Lorde.
Perry and friend DJ Mia Moretti curated the musical entertainment for the festivities, including performances by Moretti and Margot of The Dolls, DJ Equal, Jesse Marco and a special surprise performance by the New Orleans-based all-female brass band The Original Pinettes that punctuated the unforgettable night.

20th April, 2017

SUSHISAMBA unveils plans to launch in Amsterdam

Orange Brands Management has announced that SUSHISAMBA, the group’s globally recognised restaurant brand, will open in Amsterdam this summer in a joint venture with Amsterdam-based hospitality operator and developer The Yip Group. The new location will join existing SUSHISAMBA locales in London, New York, Las Vegas and Miami.
SUSHISAMBA’s Amsterdam location sits on the waterfront of the stunning 17th-century, UNESCO World Heritage site, the Singelgracht Canal, which is adjacent to the famed Holland Casino Amsterdam in Leidse Square; an area comprised of a vibrant mix of culinary, art and cultural attractions.
The Japanese inspired exterior is to be designed by world renowned Dutch architect H.J.M. (Hans) Ruijssenaars who drew inspiration from the Fushimi Inari Shrine in southern Kyoto. The interior is conceived by acclaimed Dutch design house, Woodfever, boasting an exposed kitchen, floor-to-ceiling windows, signature tree instalation and a terrace for canal side dining during warmer months.

18th April, 2017

Scott and Co is excited to announce that we have started working with David Gill Gallery

David Gill is a pioneering gallerist of 20th Century and contemporary design.  He produced some of the first furniture collections from Zaha Hadid to Mattia Bonetti and was one of the first people to show the work of artist Grayson Perry.  He broke new ground in championing the work of designers who have become world famous, from Marc Newson to Tom Dixon and Ron Arad.


David Gill Gallery is pleased to announce its first ever participation in this year’s Collective Design to be held May 3-7, 2017 at Skylight Clarkson Sq during NYCxDESIGN. The gallery will stage a major installation curated by Glenn Adamson surveying the works of Mattia Bonetti and a dedicated solo presentation of new work by Fredrikson Stallard.


Fresh off the back of Collective Design, David Gill Gallery will present a collection of new works by Mattia Bonetti with a major show to open 6th June at the gallery in London. The show will anticipate the gallery’s 30th anniversary, to be celebrated later in the year.



Afternoon Tea re-imagined at Sketch, Mayfair

Sketch has launched a new edition of its much-loved Afternoon Tea. Led by Master Chef Pierre Gagnaire, the Gallery’s team of French chefs travelled across Britain to research tea time traditions, with stories on their expedition told in a keepsake menu filled with whimsical illustrations and anecdotes.


With added French flair and flavour, Sketch’s re-imagined Afternoon Tea begins with a greeting from the ‘Tea Master’ and then by the newly appointed ‘Caviar Man’. Dressed in the blush hue now synonymous with Sketch’s Gallery, the latter serves his version of Egg and Soldiers; Comté cheese soldiers paired with quail’s egg and a spoonful of Oscietra caviar.


The pièce de résistance is the Lemon and “Mara des bois” strawberry Battenberg cake, which is followed by new cake options from the Trolley – Victoria Sponge or Banana loaf infused with layers of creamy fudge.


Sketch’s new Afternoon Tea is served daily in the Gallery



27th March, 2017

The National Portrait Gallery Gala

The National Portrait Gallery is to hold the Portrait Gala, a special fundraising event, on Tuesday 28 March 2017. Alexa Chung, Chair of the Portrait Gala Committee, and Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, will be joined by friends, artists and supporters at an exclusive evening of art, live music and entertainment to raise funds for the Gallery’s future work.


The event itinerary includes a live performance from the composer singer-songwriter Laura Mvula; a pop-up photography studio with renowned photographer, Johnnie Shand Kydd, set amongst the National Portrait Gallery’s dramatic Victorian Galleries, and a private view of new special exhibitions Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind the mask, another mask and Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends. Celebrated artists and designers have generously provided artworks and commissions to be auctioned or sold at the event, including 10 unique masks especially created for the gala by Dame Vivienne Westwood, Philip Treacy, Maggi Hambling, Sean Henry, Allen Jones, Peter Monkman, Ishbel Myerscough, Humphrey Ocean, Stuart Pearson-Wright and Andrew Tift. These one-of-a kind artworks will be available to purchase at the gala’s Behind the Mask sale, and will be on public display at the Gallery from 29 March – 3 April 2017.


Funds raised from the Portrait Gala will directly support the National Portrait Gallery’s work of delivering inspirational exhibitions and displays, offering unique learning opportunities and undertaking world class research. Additionally, proceeds will go towards Coming Home, a project that makes it possible for portraits of iconic individuals to return to places that are special to them for a period of loan. Coming Home will enable sitters such as Sir Walter Raleigh to return home to Dorset, the Brontë sisters to Yorkshire and David Beckham to Essex.


The Portrait Gala is sponsored by William & Son.

21st March, 2017

Chatsworth’s blockbuster exhibition curated by Hamish Bowles

House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion is Chatsworth’s largest exhibition to date, opening 25 March 2017.  Hamish Bowles, International Editor-at-Large at American Vogue, has curated this landmark show with creative direction and design by Patrick Kinmonth and Antonio Monfreda, and key involvement from Lady Burlington. Woven throughout the rooms one of Britain’s finest stately homes, House Style will layer art history, fashion and archival material and give unprecedented insight into the lives of renowned style icons including the 18th century “Empress of Fashion” Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire; Adele Astaire, the sister and dance partner of Fred Astaire; the Mitford sisters; model Stella Tennant; and John F Kennedy’s sister ‘Kick’ Kennedy.

The exhibition runs from 25 March to 22 October 2017



A groundbreaking exhibition of African-American art will tour the US

A major nationwide touring exhibition announced today, Solidary and Solitary: The Pamela J Joyner and Alfred J Giuffrida Collection, will offer a new perspective on the critical contribution black artists have made to the evolution of visual art from 1940s through to the present moment. Curated by noted art historians Christopher Bedford and Katy Siegel, this will be the first large-scale public exhibition to bring together a lineage of visionary black artists.


Ranging across 70 years the exhibition will reveal a rich and complex history woven from the threads of artistic debates about how to embody blackness; social struggle and change; migrations and the international African diaspora. Highlights will include large-scale works by an array of artists that fuse the social and the abstract in visceral ways, including Jack Whitten, Julie Mehretu, and Kevin Beasley, among many others. Placing a spotlight on individuals’ pursuit of creative freedom in different eras and geographical contexts, the exhibition will also feature several artists’ careers in depth, among them Norman Lewis, Sam Gilliam, Jennie C. Jones, Serge Alain Nitegeka and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.


The tour will commence at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in Fall 2017 and will tour the following institutions until 2020: Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Snite Museum of Art at the Notre Dame University, The Baltimore Museum of Art and University of California, Berkeley.



23rd February, 2017

Rodney Graham has his first major UK solo in 15 years at BALTIC

This March, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead will present a major retrospective of renowned Canadian artist Rodney Graham. Rodney Graham – That’s Not Me will be the artist’s first major UK exhibition since his solo show 15 years ago at the Whitechapel (2002). Spanning BALTIC’s two largest galleries, the exhibition will include retrospective highlights from Graham’s established career, including works in film and video with an extensive presentation of his photographic images.


A ‘shape-shifter’, Graham’s diverse practice encompasses the artist in many guises—a painter, photographer, sculptor, video-maker, actor, performer, producer, historian, writer, poet, sound engineer and musician. He is a master of many disciplines creating multi-layered and complex art through photography, film, video, sculpture, performance and music.  With influences as diverse as Sigmund Freud, Alfred Hitchcock, the Brothers Grimm, Black Sabbath and Kurt Cobain, he creates works brimming with references to art history, films and literature, many with a cyclical or roving narrative. With considerable humour, wit and intelligence, Graham continues to ask the question – what does it mean to consider yourself an artist today?



16th February, 2017

NOMAD announces participating galleries for debut edition

NOMAD, a new travelling showcase for collectable design, has announced the list of participating galleries for its first edition, to take place 27-30 April in Monaco. A selection of leading galleries from around the world will stage standout presentations in the historic villa of La Vigie, to include solo shows, rare pieces and new work by internationally acclaimed designers, artists and architects.


The galleries participating in the first edition of NOMAD are: Alamak!, Tokyo; Galerie BSL, Paris; Giustini / Stagetti Galleria O., Rome; Carwan Gallery, Beirut; David Gill Gallery, London; Etage Projects, Copenhagen; Gallery FUMI, London; Heritage Gallery, Moscow; Louise Alexander Gallery, Sardinia; MANIERA, Brussels; Massimo De Carlo, Milan, London, Hong Kong; Nilufar, Milan; SEEDS, London.

Additionally, several Special Projects will feature, including Serpentine Galleries and an installation of jewellery and sculpture by Christophe Graber, Zurich.


Picture credit: Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer / Archives

3rd February, 2017

Luiz Zerbini debuts at Stephen Friedman Gallery

This February, Stephen Friedman Gallery will open its first exhibition of works by Brazilian artist Luiz Zerbini, one of the most respected contemporary artists in Latin America. A member of the so-called Generation 80, which promoted painting as the main medium, Zerbini has exhibited in galleries and museums across Brazil and the world and has represented Brazil at notable Biennales.


In his works, Zerbini draws visual references from what he sees around him, borrowing from cityscapes, art history and pop culture. His abstract paintings take inspiration from the iconic mosaic pavements and facades of modernist tower blocks of Brazilian cities. The show will be comprised of new large-scale abstract and figurative paintings alongside table installations.



27th January, 2017

Anya Gallaccio’s Beautiful Minds at Thomas Dane Gallery

Recent major works by Anya Gallaccio have included a full-scale stainless steel tree, commissioned by The Whitworth Gallery and a subterranean grotto of amethyst crystals installed at Jupiter Artland. For her solo show Beautiful Minds at Thomas Dane, Gallaccio has borrowed from technological developments in a surprising way, by building a giant 3D printer with her students from UC San Diego.


The 3D printer will occupy an entire gallery and print a replica of Wyoming’s Devils Tower, in clay. Beautiful Minds is not only an auto-fabricating sculpture but a work that confuses the distinction between the object itself and the process of its manifestation. The printer uses recent advances in mechanical technology, twisting the very precise process of 3D printing by forcing the approximate and unreliable material of clay through it.


Be sure to come witness the printer in action at the opening on the 2nd February till the 25th March, 2017.



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