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15th August, 2019

Mandla Sibeko brings new era to Africa’s oldest and most established art fair, FNB Art Joburg

Following the recent acquisition of FNB Joburg Art Fair by Mandla Sibeko, the fair returns to Johannesburg with a new name and a renewed commitment to fostering the continent’s current and future generation of artists. FNB Art Joburg has been restructured into a gallery-led fair, supported by established regional galleries Goodman Gallery, Stevenson and blank projects. In addition to leading the organisation of the fair, they will also mentor the continent’s most ambitious emerging galleries in the new invitational section ‘Gallery Lab. Further, a second new section MAX, will be dedicated to the continent’s more established artists, featuring large-scale installations not typically brought to the art fair context.


Galleries in the central and MAX section include blank projects: Everard Read, Gallery MOMO, Goodman Gallery, Kalashnikovv Gallery, SMAC, SMITH, Stevenson and WHATIFTHEWORLD. Invited to participate in Gallery Lab include: 16/16, Lagos; BHkz, Joburg; Eclectica Contemporary, Cape Town; Luanda Arte, Luanda; Modzi Arts, Lusaka; NO END Contemporary Art Space, Joburg; Rele Gallery, Lagos; Revolving Arts Incubator, Lagos and Yebo Contemporary, Swaziland.


Artwork: Hussein Salim, Untitled 2019, Acrylic on Fabriano, 100 x 69.5 cm

Step in to the work of Patrick Caulfield at Waddington Custot

In a solo exhibition of the celebrated British artist Patrick Caulfield, Waddington Custot will take a deeper look at the artist’s practice across a number of different media, from oil painting to prints and his lesser known and rarely exhibited drawings, paying particular attention to Caulfield’s preoccupation with light and shade.


Caulfield has been represented by the gallery since the 1960s  and this exhibition will show another side of his work, through his drawing and preparatory sketches which are rarely shown alongside major works by the artist.


The exhibition runs from 11 September to 15 November



Generations: New exhibition to explore the history of Black abstract art Joyner/Giuffrida Collection inspires Generations at Baltimore Museum of Art

Opening at the Baltimore Museum of Art this September, Generations explores the multifaceted power of abstract art as experimental practice, personal exploration, and profound political choice for decades of black artists.


Drawing on the extensive collection of Pamela J. Joyner and Alfred J. Giuffrida, Generations expands on the previously touring Solidary & Solitary exhibition with new works from The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection, as well as select objects from the museum’s contemporary collection.


The exhibition – which features nearly 80 paintings, sculpture, and mixed-media installations by such notable artists as Mark Bradford, Jennie C. Jones, Norman Lewis, Lorna Simpson, Alma W. Thomas, and Sam Gilliam – will also unveil a newly-commissioned work by Kevin Beasley


The exhibition will run from 29 September 2019 until 19 January 2020.

Lisa Brice at Stephen Friedman Gallery for Frieze Week

In September, Stephen Friedman Gallery will stage their second exhibition of work by South Africa-born, London-based artist Lisa Brice, featuring new paintings and works on paper.


Brice is known for her depictions of women in moments of ‘down-time’, going about their daily lives in their own private worlds. The artist hands power back to these female figures by reversing traditional art historical depictions of women by men and for men.


In this new body of work, Brice will continue her exploration of feminine power and sensuality through depictions of the female nude that reference art history, the portrayal of women in the media, and her own photographs.


The exhibition will run from 27 September until 2 November 2019.

Wysing Arts Centre turns 30

This year Wysing Arts Centre turns 30, and Somerset House Studios have been invited to guest curate Wysing Polyphonic, their annual festival of music and sound, now in its 10th year. The 2019 edition of Wysing Polyphonic, taking place on 7 September, marks the first time the two organisations have collaborated to support the creation of new works.


The 2019 programme considers the idea of connection, moving beyond the Cambridgeshire site as a place where artists meet and experiment to consider connection beyond the physical.


The lineup includes: Beatrice Dillon b2b TTB, Jesse Darling, Zuli, Ziúr, Flora Yin-Wong, AMRA, Valentina Magaletti, Emma Smith, Jennifer Walshe, Erica Scourti with more artists to be announced in the coming weeks.


In Partnership With The Wire. Tickets are available here

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

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.




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.





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



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.


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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