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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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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, Jérôme 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 KolsrudNaudline 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 Paradís – who became known under her pen name Victor Català – 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 Milà, Sagrada Familia and the lights of Montjuïc. 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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20th December, 2018

Best of 2018 Scott & Co

As the end of 2018 approaches, Scott & Co want to celebrate the amazing people and projects we have had the privilege to work with this year.

 

At the beginning of the year, we welcomed a new chapter for Thomas Dane Gallery who opened their Italian outpost in Naples, in the beautifully restored first floor of a 19th century palazzo. In February, we put our ski boots on to open the winter edition of NOMAD, held in Chesa Planta, a spectacular 16th-century alpine mansion in St. Moritz.

 

Marking the beginning of spring, prominent activist collector Pamela Joyner, who has been a trustee of the Tate Americas Foundation since November 2015, was welcomed as the foundation’s new Chair. In April, Norn launched its London outpost in a beautiful Georgian home, providing a new space for offline conversation. David Gill Gallery showcased an imaginative new collection of works by Sebastian Errazuriz, recasting greek and roman masterpieces in marble for everyday use. Meanwhile, around the corner, Stephen Friedman Gallery opened ‘Talisman In The Age Of Difference’, a group exhibition curated by Yinka Shonibare MBE, featuring phenomenal artists Kehinde Wiley, Michael Armitage, Sonia Boyce, Irvin Pascal and Lubaina Himid, to name a few.

 

We welcomed this exceptionally warm summer with an announcement that we are working with the rapidly-expanding Europe Hotels Private Collection (EHPC). August came around and Sir Hotels launched Sir Explore city guides, offering intimate behind-the-scenes glimpses into their favourite cities. Up by Hampstead Heath, Studio Frith curated a collaborative exhibition celebrating women artists and designers at 2 Willow Road, part of the National Trust’s ‘Women and Power’ programme to mark the centenary anniversary of the women’s vote. Closing the eventful summer, we were delighted to announce that Scott & Co has been appointed by the British Council to represent Great Britain at la Biennale di Venezia. Curated by Zoe Whitley, the British Pavilion will exhibit a body of work by Cathy Wilkes.

 

Turning to autumn, we geared up for another exciting edition of Frieze Art Fair in October with the specially curated section ‘Social Work’, which showcased ground-breaking work by women artists. Innovation and creativity followed through in November, which was marked by the release of a new interactive website designed by Hato Press for Sketch London.

 

Coming full circle, Scott & Co journey back to the Alps this coming new year for the opening of Muzeum Susch, an ambitious new museum founded by Grażyna Kulczyk. The inaugural exhibition, curated by Kasia Redzisz will open to the public on 2 January.

 

It has been an exceptionally exciting year for us at Scott & Co, we cannot wait to see what 2019 has in store. We look forward to sharing the journey with you!

13th December, 2018

Heist Gallery presents Indecision IV, an immersive art film starring Rose McGowan

Indecision IV originated as an invitation to McGowan by Heist Gallery and director Tonia Arapovic to respond to a performance by dancer James Mulford. Having never met Mulford prior to filming, McGowan is positioned in the middle of a chapel listening to ambient noises by sound designer David Triana. Mulford approaches McGowan and she begins to react to his dance with completely improvised movements.

 

Shot in one continuous take, the film was created in May 2018, during a watershed moment in McGowan’s life and is a physical expression of her state of mind at that time. Between its two protagonists and the medium of dance and painting, the film explores power struggles within gender constructs.

 

Mashael Al Rushaid, Founder, Heist Gallery said:
“At Heist we’re delighted to be working with Rose on her first art project, filmed at a key moment in her life. It was a powerful experience to see someone express herself so honestly. Rose and James create their own visual language in the film – using performance to express a human struggle that we can all relate to.”

 

Rose McGowan, actress and political activist said:

“Collaborating on Indecision IV was a very moving experience. At the intersection of energy, physicality and art, it gave me a space to work through emotions during a tumultuous time. A beautifully taut piece that taught me a lot about grace.”

 

The film will be screened at The Institute of Light on 15 – 16 December

 

 

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7th December, 2018

Amie Siegel, Backstory at Thomas Dane Gallery, London

Originally commissioned for the second part of Amie Siegel’s double solo exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, 2016, Backstory is now on view at Thomas Dane Gallery for its inaugural presentation in London.

 

Backstory comprises three intimately woven bodies of work – combining video installations, performance and works on paper to bring into relief the sculptural, sound tracked backstory of gendered cinematic forms.  In Body Scripts (2016), The Noon Complex (2016) and Genealogies (2016), Siegel choreographs her associative thinking between key cultural references from an Italian novel, a Brigitte Bardot film, and varied images, advertising, architecture and soundtrack recordings from multiple sources to explore the particular iconography of architecture and the female body, suggesting how these are visualised in cinema, and then harnessed by advertising and media.

 

The exhibition is organised in collaboration with Simon Preston Gallery, New York, as part of a series of exhibitions at Thomas Dane Gallery, hosting galleries with shared overlaps and synergies, following kurimanzutto’s recent Signals: If you like I shall Grow.  

 

On view until 16 February 2019

 

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