Current Events #1. A selection of UK art exhibitions and events for week 1 of 2018.
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Michael Armitage: The Chapel
13 December – 17 January 2018
This is a solo exhibition by Michael Armitage, whose large-scale paintings draw on chapel-like qualities and reference historical and contemporary stories, as well as the artist’s own experiences.
The exhibition is accompanied by essays by Mukami Kuria and Roger Malbert, and a discussion between Michael Armitage and SLG director, Margot Heller.
South London Gallery
65-67 Peckham Road
London SE5 8UH
Double Elephant Printmaking Exhibition
13 December to 17 January 2018
Double Elephant Print Workshop’s prize-winning exhibition is open now at RAMM until 17th January. Thirty-four artists from Double Elephant have produced over 75 works which are beautifully displayed in RAMM’s Gallery 22.
This exhibition was made possible by public vote via the Express and Echo’s Local Art Show scheme. It is a fitting way to mark DEPW’s 20 years in Exeter and shows the variety of printmaking that thrives in the city.
30 September 2017 – 11 January 2018
This exhibition in the crypt of St Marylebone Church was curated by Marco Cali, and seeks to open a space for discussion on current painting practice.
‘The thing that characterises contemporary painting is that each artist pursues a very individual practice. Gone are the days when ‘isms’ gave us useful labels by which to identify an art movement as defined by a group of artists. Instead current painters borrow, beg and steal from every imaginable source in service to the art to which they are devoted. Alongside this, each artist, painter or not, engages in an ongoing dialogue with her or his peers, of which there is a vast pool both historically as well as currently. This dialogue takes place in as many ways as there are of approaching the making of art, from direct copying to responses alongside or in opposition to someone’s work. In any case, the very nature of painting is one of putting in the hours in whatever serves as a studio, a hermit-like pursuit in front of a flat surface. Each painting produced with this intention, is itself a strong statement that adds to the mix and then seeds others in turn.
With this in mind, the theme of this exhibition is works that the artist feels are something new or different with their own practice over the year. These are not necessarily ‘finished’ as such, but instead provide stimulus to a discussion as to what has happened over the last twelve months. As such, they might be sketches, drawings or indeed completed canvases.’
Iain Andrews, Amanda Ansell, Louis Appleby, Richard Baker, Karl Bielik, Day Bowman, Marco Calí, Ruth Calland, Lucy Cox, Pen Dalton, Natalie Dowse, Fiona Eastwood, Pippa Gatty, Susan Gunn, Susie Hamilton, Alex Hanna, Marguerite Horner, Barbara Howey, Phil Illingworth, Matthew Krishanu, Bryan Lavelle, Andrew Litten, Cathy Lomax, Paula MacArthur, Enzo Marra, Keith Murdoch, Cara Nahaul, Paul Newman, Gideon Pain, Ruth Philo, Barbara Peirson, Narbi Price, Freya Purdue, Katherine Russell, Wendy Saunders, Stephen Snoddy, David Sullivan, Harvey Taylor, Ehryn Torrell, Fionn Wilson, Sean Williams.
St Marylebone Parish Church,
17 Marylebone Road,
Small is Beautiful
14 December 2017 – 6 January 2018
The Flowers Gallery exhibits contemporary art work in any medium that measures 7×9 inches or smaller. This enables their exhibition to include over 100 artists, including famous names and emerging talent.
The work is from artists based in over twelve countries.
21 Cork Street
London W1S 3LZ
15 September 2017 – 24 March 2018
This exhibition, curated by Sarah Jeffries, shows the work of seven artists on the theme of visual psychological space in relation to modern life.
‘With the political world rapidly changing around us, how do we, as a connected society, deal with relentless negative news? Is digesting all the uncertainty and harshness good for us or should we disconnect?’
Artists showing include:
Corinna Spencer, Cathy Lomax, David Hancock, Mike Bartlett, Sarah Jeffries and Team Beswick & Pye.
3 January – 14 January 2018
Private View: Wednesday 3 January 6-9pm
‘Identity is a group of established London based and international artist coming together to exhibit their work at Espacio Gallery. The artists have current as well as past connections and share some common ground yet they are all an entity with distinct pathways on their own artistic journey.’
The works on show will be in a variety of mediums including sculpture, paintings and ceramics.
Artists showing include:
Andy Finlay, Svetlana Atlavina, Sally-Anne Flanagan, Natalia Jezova,
Maria Kaleta, Glen Marston, Betka Milligan, Madeleine Marsh,
Gerald O’Dowd, Alicia Zimnickas
Curated by Sally-Anne Flanagan
The gallery will be open till 9pm on Thursday 4 January as part of Whitechapel Gallery First Thursdays event.
159 Bethnal Green Road
London E2 7DG
(Just off Brick Lane in East London)
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