30 04 2016
Alec Finlay – Jupiter Artland
A VARIETY OF CULTURES
A new permanent commission for Jupiter Artland
A VARIETY OF CULTURES was first proposed in 2010 and is now complete: comprising an orchard of native apple varieties, with thirty oak ladders, and a booklet which will be launched in August. The book includes poems and texts by Finlay, an essay by Kathleen Jamie, photography by Robin Gillanders and Hannah Devereux, and drawings by Hanna Tuulikki.
The work will grow: initially, ladders with trees, it will evolve into trees with ladders. The ladders predict the eventual height of the tree canopy and they will allow people to climb among the blossom and fruit.
A blog featuring photographs of the installation will be published in June, and the booklet will be launched at Jupiter Artland on the 12 August 2016. Jupiter Artland reopens for the Summer from Saturday 14 May 2016.
16 04 2016
Sean Scully – Art Museum of Nanjing University of the Arts, China
Resistance and Persistence: Paintings 1967 – 2015, London and New York
8 April – 8 May 2016
The second edition of Scully’s landmark retrospective in China, Resistance and Persistence, is currently presented at AMNUA, Nanjing. Resistance and Persistence is not only of this exhibition but also of Sean Scully’s collection of essays published in 2006, which includes his seminal essays on Giorgio Morandi, Van Gogh and Mark Rothko. This collection of essays also lent its name to recent group exhibition at Ingleby Gallery from November 2015 – January 2016. ‘Resistance and persistence’ is also a summary of the artist’s way of working and his art-spirit. The director of AMNUA Li Xiaoshan commented: ‘Sean Scully’s importance lies not only in his inheritance from the old Modern masters but also in the richness of his own artistic expression. I believe that once again, with his new work coming to China, hosted by our museum, there will be a new surge in debate and discussion, which will contribute towards the richness of our ‘soil’’.
For further details visit the AMNUA website by clicking on the link here: www.nuamuseum.org
14 04 2016
Peter Liversidge – The Bridge – Tate Turbine Hall
Peter Liversidge: The Bridge
Unique choral commission for Tate Modern Turbine Hall
18 June 5 – 5.30 (500 singers on the Turbine Hall Ramp)
19 June at 2 – 2.30 (50 singers on Level 4 Switch House)
The centrepiece of the opening weekend of the new Tate Modern building will be a choral work with over 500 singers from community choirs across London by Peter Liversidge. This unique cycle of songs was written in response to Tate Modern’s building, its history and its place in contemporary life.
The participating choirs include the all male choir the Bellow Fellows, Kenningtones, Koruso! Southwark Community Choir, London International Gospel Choir, SOAS, The Lolchoir, UK Japan, VIP Singers and many more. To begin with Liversidge worked for four months with Tate staff, volunteers, a range of community groups, Borough Market Choir and a local school from Southwark through the Regeneration and the Community Partnerships team. He explored the different groups views on the Tate, from first time visitors to experienced staff looking at their relationship to the gallery, its architecture, the collection as well as their vision of the new Tate Modern. This process inspired the composition and lyrics of 14 songs for the performance which will take place on Saturday 18 June at 5pm in the Turbine Hall. Liversidge worked with Music Director and Conductor Esmeralda Conde Ruiz on the creation of the piece. The songs are presented with all 500 singers singing in unison, presenting the lyrical content and vocalisations of the building unaccompanied, singing together as one.
For further details visit the Tate website by clicking on the following link: www.tate.org.uk
14 04 2016
Richard Forster – The Photographer’s Gallery
Double Take: Drawing and Photography
The Photographers’ Gallery, London
15 April – 3 July 2016
Double Take: Drawing and Photography is a joint exhibition with Drawing Room which explores the ways photography and drawing have been combined, mirrored and contrasted in modern and contemporary practice.
The exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery features 10 artists from the twentieth century to the present day, from Lazlo Moholy-Nagy to young artist Paul Chiappe, while Drawing Room’s emphasis is on contemporary practicing artists, including Turner Prize nominee Tacita Dean.
A triptych of sea-drawings by Richard Forster will be presented in the exhibition. In Three verticals at approx 30 second intervals – 21 Jan 2009, 11.42 – 11.43am – Saltburn-by-the-Sea (2010) the artist recreates his own monochrome abstracted photographs of tidal lines on the beach into a handmade facsimile. These meticulously produced drawings bear little indication of the artist’s hand, but through their process serve to subvert the reproducibility of the printed image.
This exhibition is a two-venue exhibition also presented at the Drawing Room, London 14 April – 4 June 2016. For more information visit The Photographer’s Gallery website by clicking on the following link: thephotographersgallery.org.uk
13 04 2016
Katie Paterson – Totality
Katie Paterson: Totality (2016)
A new commission by the Arts Council Collection
Somerset House, London
27 April – 22 May 2016
The Arts Council Collection, the UK’s most widely seen collection of modern and contemporary art, will mark its 70th anniversary during 2016 with celebrations including eight new commissions that will go on display across the UK.
Katie Paterson has been selected as one of the eight artists which also includes John Akomfrah, Hurvin Anderson, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Ryan Gander, Mark Leckey, Heather Phillipson and Keith Piper.
Paterson’s commission, Totality (2016) is a mirror ball comprising images of nearly every solar eclipse that’s been documented by humankind; through drawings and since photography began, including the oldest solar eclipse drawings from hundreds of years ago, and the earliest 19th century photographs, to images from the most technological advanced telescopes now. The commission is part of Somerset House’s Utopia 2016: A Year of Imagination and Possibility. Totality will also be on view, concurrently, at The Lowry, Manchester as part of Paterson’s major solo exhibition Syzygy.
13 04 2016
Katie Paterson – The Lowry, Manchester
Katie Paterson: Syzygy
The Lowry, Manchester
29 April – 17 July 2016
Syzygy is a major solo exhibition by Katie Paterson, one of the UK’s most ambitious and exciting multidisciplinary artists. It will feature two new commissions – Constellation, Capricornus (2016) and Totality (2016) commissioned piece in parallel with Arts Council Collection / Somerset House – shown alongside a selection of her seminal artworks.
As an overarching theme of her work, the astronomic term Syzygy describes an alignment of celestial bodies, specifically a straight-line configuration of the sun, earth and moon which is believed to cause moonquakes and more powerful ocean tides. Just like that, the show aligns Paterson’s new and her most powerful works to date including Earth-Moon-Earth (Moonlight Sonata Reflected from the Surface of the Moon) (2007) and Timepieces (Solar System) (2014) both presented during Edinburgh Art Festival 2014 at Jupiter Artland and Ingleby Gallery respectively.
For further information visit The Lowry website by clicking on the following link: www.thelowry.com
12 04 2016
Peter Liversidge – The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Proposals for The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Connecticut, USA
1 May 2016 – 5 February 2017
The foundation of Peter Liversidge’s practice the creation of conceptually based proposals which he produces on an old manual typewriter. Liversidge’s chosen proposals, guided by the concept of connecting the interior of The Aldrich Museum with both the surrounding landscape and community, will include working with the employees of Ridgefield Hardware to write a song about the store that they will publicly perform; firing a cannonball into the Museum’s wall in reference to the action during the Revolutionary War that led to a British cannonball being embedded in the wall of the Keeler Tavern, Ridgefield’s Colonial-era historical site; and the fabrication of nine shallow, circular aluminium pans whose relative sizes correspond to the nine largest lakes in Connecticut, with the pans being subsequently filled with water from the specific lakes.
For more information visit the Aldrich Museum website at the following link: aldrichart.org