The World of Frida at Bedford Gallery, USA

The World of Frida
from 8th July to 16th September 2018

This summer the Bedford Gallery celebrates the culture, style, and persona of visionary painter Frida Kahlo, an artist who continues to inspire with her story of love, adventure, and pain. The World of Frida weaves juried and invitational shows that reference the artist with a national, traveling photography exhibit titled Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray that makes a stop in Walnut Creek after traveling across North America. Hungarian-born Muray—who met Kahlo in a chance encounter in Mexico in 1931 and became her lover and friend—shot some of the most iconic color and black and white images of the artist that exist. This exhibition is organized by the Nickolas Muray Photo Archives and is circulated through GuestCurator Traveling Exhibitions.

The participating artists have been selected by Lisa Congdon, fine artist and Illustraror, and Rebecca Gomez, Curator of Exhibitions & Programs at Mexic-Arte Museum. They include Cheryl Abraham, Monica Andino, Kim Bagwill, Monica Balmelli, Karen Barry, Donna Billick, Claudia Blanco and Irene Raspollini, one of Artrooms Fair London 2019’s applicants.

Irene Raspollini will be showing her artwork Vuelos, realized for her first solo show abroad in Mexico on March 2018.

Opening Hours:
Tuesday – Sunday 12pm-5pm
Please check the full calendar HERE. Gallery is closed on Mondays.  

Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr. Walnut Creek, CA 94596, United States of America.

For more information visit bedfordgallery.org/about/visiting

LUX- a refreshing collaborative exhibition

Zari Gallery is proud to announce the opening of Lux, a collection of photographs and abstract paintings by artists E. Bee Bantug, Laura Benneton & Irena Iris Willard. This exhibition is an affirmation of freedom, of life as a complex, yet simplistic entity and the dance of light in darkness.

Lux will be held at Zari Gallery from 2nd to 20th July 2018

E. Bee Bantug: Completely self-taught, E. Bee Bantug has been creating images with her camera since the 1980’s. The current character and state of her art, a creative evolution only since 2013, follows a trajectory along her accelerating kinship with, and fascination about, life’s unknowable mysteries. In this journey, she identifies rather keenly with the spirit of an emerging artist, experiencing a desire to be both a teacher wishing to share a nuanced new point of view and a student avidly in hot pursuit to create and experiment.

Irena Iris Willard: Irena presents an eerily timeless approach in her photography. She homes in with her use of double exposure, and she is able connect the viewer to the seen and unseen. Irena, an autodidact photographer, began to present her photography after the terrorist attacks in Paris. One can see that her attention towards light, is a form of freedom and rebellion; a true testament to her artistic truth, “Paris will always be the City of Light”.

Laura Benneton: Laura is an Italian artist based in London, who paints explosive abstract works. There seems to be a ‘shattered’ look to many of her paintings, as if shards of colour float above the surface of the canvas. Benneton has beautifully encompassed the richness of palette and abstract themes of inspiration; creating visually arresting and strikingly unique pieces.

Benneton, Willard & Bantug create a refreshing and empowering approach to the artistic culture, all the while empowering their fellow woman and positively reinforcing change to the way art is interpreted.
Zari Gallery invites you to bear witness to this exciting exhibition, Lux

Private View: 5th July, 6.30-8.30 pm
RSVP: events@zarigallery.co.uk

Zari Gallery
3 Newman Street, London, W1T 3EJ
T: 0207 580 7759
W: zarigallery.co.uk
E: info@zarigallery.co.uk

Aprajita Chadha dazzles at past Tatinis Art Show 2018

Singapore based artist Aprajita Chadha, one of Artrooms Fair London 2019’s applicants, was chosen to participate in the 2018 Tatinis Art Show with 30 other artists, held over 4 days at the F1 Pit Building, in scenic Singapore.

Showcasing both local and international artists, the latest edition featured over 400+ pieces of art at truly affordable prices. Answering the ever growing call for original art, this specially curated exhibition ensured everyone from first time art novices to art lovers and seasoned collectors would have no trouble seeking out the perfect piece of art.
Aprajita says, “It’s always nice to come together with such a talented group of artists. Each bringing their own individual energy to the space. And the guests of such a varied exhibition bring a unique perspective.
On display were her latest pieces including The Balancing Act Of Life, mixed media, which denotes the chaos of the digital era and how one makes sense of it. Generation Z, acrylic on canvas, and the most popular piece Atom, mixed media, which sold by the end of the show.

Reviews on Aprajita’s work:

The amazing variety displayed across the artwork and it’s eclectic style is a testament to both the technical skill and the creative inspiration of the artist” – Madhav

Great to have an artist still in touch with Cubism here at the Tatinis Art Show! Still is and always will be a fan of your works.” – Ryan Mario

Liu Bolin – Vanishing Point Exhibition in London

BAFA Contemporary is proud to present its major summer exhibition, Liu Bolin: Vanishing Point, the world renowned Chinese artist’s first solo exhibition in the UK.
Showcasing previously unseen photographic works, Vanishing Point explores Bolin’s signature method of using complicated and precise hand-painted camouflage to blend into painted backdrops, whilst continuing to raise questions about visibility, concealment, consumerism and the environment.
Evolving from his acclaimed series at Art Basel, Bolin’s latest work engages the viewer by allowing them to distinguish him amongst several vivid backgrounds; including beer cans, English bank notes and coins. Recognised as one of the most imaginative and engaging artists in the world of performance art, Bolin continues to push boundaries by incorporating others into the picture. Last year, the artist enlisted twenty homeless people to feature alongside him in order to raise awareness about the issue of homelessness in his home country.

Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in Shadong, China and studied at the at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. Emerging with a number of prominent of artists reacting against China’s Cultural Revolution, Bolin’s work, like many of his contemporaries, engaged with the social concerns and struggles present in his country.
Seeking out global locations to stage his performative installations, Bolin became an internationally recognised artist and his work has been displayed in numerous museums and galleries including The Louvre. In 2013, he delivered a TED talk about the social and political issues his artwork aims to explore which received over one million views, and in 2016, he collaborated with renowned photographer Annie Leibowitz for Moncler’s Spring/Summer campaign shot in Iceland. Bolin has paired up with Ruinart for Art Basel in 2018, where he will display eight fascinating works.

 

Liu Bolin
Vanishing Point Private View 6-8pm 19 June
attended by the artist
Exhibition continues 20 June – 15 September 2018
BAFA Contemporary, 105 New Bond St, Mayfair, London W1S 1DN
@belairfineart | www.belairfineart.com | @liubolin

 

Mara Celani at FotoLeggendo 2018

FotoLeggendo is an international festival open to the entire city that collaborates with numerous photographic exhibition spaces and entities in Rome including the Museo di Roma in Trastevere that will host the OSTKREUZ photo agency exhibition. Diverse spaces that give life to a circuit of independent locations that work year round to reveal Rome as a fervid essence and driving force in promoting art and cultural events and not only as a city that holds conventions or roundtables.

This year marks Officine Fotografiche’s 15th anniversary.  Officine Fotografiche is a referral point for photographers in Rome and Milan, promoting cultural and technical activities open to every sort of photography lover, practitioner, professional, artist, and the Festival is in keeping with their commitment to promoting photography.

Among the photographers exhibiting their portfolios on the Garbatella Bridge there’s, Mara Celani, one of Artrooms Fair London 2019 applicants. Her collection of abstract shots is under the title Strappi, and it’s now hanging to be viewed during the collective exhibition of 39 photographers associated to Officine Fotografiche. The exhibition’s open air space is the pedestrian bridge crossing the underground station of Garbatella, the historical working class district of Rome. It is the perfect background to fit with Celani’s torn up posters’ compositions.

6th June – 15th July 2018

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Irena Iris Willard at Paratissima

Contemporary, dynamic and eclectic: after the edition of Bologna, Paratissima Art Fair landed in Milan, a national and international point of reference for culture and artistic avant-gardes. From June 6th to 10th, the Turin art fair proposed its consolidated format in the Lombard capital: a concept and an exhibition project involving selected artists and art galleries, for 5 days of Art and events.

The Artists are invited to interpret the hallucinations and futuristic projections of Through the Black Mirror, theme and title of the Milan edition. Particular attention was also paid to photographic projects, celebrated by the Milan Photo Week, with a dedicated section, the Ph.ocus.

Irena Iris Willard, one of Artrooms Fair London 2018 selected artists, took part in Paratissima.

BASE Milano hosted the energy and creativity of Paratissima emerging talents, with a project of innovation and cultural contamination between Art, Creativity, Business, Technology and Welfare in the heart of Zona Tortona, one of the most dynamic neighborhoods in Milan.

BASE Milano is a project of innovation and cultural contamination between Art, Creativity, Enterprise, Technology and Welfare. 6,000 square meters of Burò, laboratories, exhibitions, shows, workshops, lectures: a dense schedule of meetings, workshops, exhibitions, performances, exchanges and connections.

Between Via Bergognone and Via Tortona, Base Milano offers a landing place for ideas from all over the world aiming to contaminate the Milan area. And from here its objective is to bring to the world projects, products, services, reflections and research for the cities of the XXI century.

Their compass is the Culture, a common good and an engine of socio-economic progress, both individual and collective. Only through the repositioning of its role, as an enzyme of transformations, can nourish the change, towards a society that guarantees contemporary responses to old and new needs.

Workshop at the V&A with Kristina Chan

Kristina Chan, one of Artrooms Fair London 2018 and Artrooms Fair Roma 2018 selected artists, has just recently announced she will be teaching a 2 Day workshop at the V&A Museum in July!
In this two day workshop she will present her unique technique of laser etchings on wood.  Go and be inspired by the incredible archives of the V&A and create your own piece of art to take home!

The Process: Laser-etched woodcuts
These incredibly detailed woodcuts utilise the pinpoint precision of lasercutting to ‘etch’ a plate with photographic precision. These plates are then inked in the traditional intaglio style of “a La poupee”, which means “as a doll.” It is a technique that applies multiple colours of ink onto the plate simultaneously, which is then printed in a single pull. The application of colour provides a variable unique yet reproducible substrate: both plate and print, multiple and singular. The application of the mechanical and analogue processes creates a two-dimensional collision between the traditional and contemporary that is integral to my practice. The resulting works are both plate and print, works made in relief, carved as woodcuts, digitally engraved as if photographic negatives and inked to create the “developed” or positive image.

Book your tickets here.

Fridays 6 & 13 July
10:30am-17:00pm

V&A Museum
Cromwell Rd,
Knightsbridge
London SW7 2RL

 

 

Sara Jayne Harris exhibiting at RA Summer Exhibition

Each summer the Royal Academy of Arts‘ galleries are jam-packed with contemporary art made by internationally renowned artists and exciting new talent. This year, Grayson Perry RA and his committee of fellow artists have handpicked over 1,300 artworks in an array of mediums.

There’s a monumental sculpture by Anish Kapoor RA in the courtyard, and within the galleries you’ll find vast new works by David Hockney RA and Joana Vasconcelos. Artists Mona Hatoum and Tal R are shown alongside Royal Academicians including Wolfgang Tillmans, Mike Nelson, Tracey Emin and Rose Wylie, and Honorary Academicians Bruce Nauman and Ed Ruscha.

The exhibition extends across the newly-expanded cultural campus, with prints on display in The Sackler Wing of Galleries and a “room of humour” in the new Ronald and Rita McAulay Gallery featuring David Shrigley and Martin Parr. The art extravaganza even spills out into the streets of London’s West End, with an installation of over 200 flags designed by Royal Academicians.

On show at this year’s 250th Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts is an evocative drypoint etching named Blue Mother by Sara Jayne Harris, one of Artrooms Fair London 2019 applicants. On inheriting her grandmother’s upright piano she discovered a pile of old sheet music chaotically stashed in the upholstered piano stool. The sight and smell of this vintage sheet music together with traces of watermarks and scratches on the dark wood instrument instantly evoked memories of ancestors passed. The drypoint etching is like a visual fragment pieced together from sepia toned records and the artist’s imagination. The music creates a contemplative reflection but is also a celebration of the lives intertwined with our personal histories. Blue Mother is a reflection of lov, hope and above all, the human side of life.

The exhibition will run from the 12th June – 19th August 2018

Royal Academy of Arts,
Burlington House entrance, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD
Opening Hours:
Daily 10am – 6pm
Fridays 10am – 10pm
6 Burlington Gardens entrance, London W1S 3ET
Opening Hours:
Monday-Thursday 8am – 7pm
Fridays 8am – 10pm
Saturdays 8am – 7pm
Sundays 10am – 6pm

RBSA Prize Exhibition

The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) stages an annual ‘Prize’ exhibition as part of its charitable work to support artists, providing an opportunity for a wide variety of artists to show their artwork and be rewarded for their talents. Artworks from a wide range of media – such as jewellery, ceramics, textiles, drawing, painting, and printmaking – are all welcome.

To help reduce some of the common barriers to exhibiting – such as limited budgets and time to make work – work exhibited at the RBSA in the last 5 years may be entered and artists aged 35 and under receive a 50% discount on entry fees.
The selection was by digital image of the original artwork only. All artworks entered went through the same selection process. The selection was based on the assessment of thequality and interest of each work. This year’s exhibition was selected by Zoë Lippett, Exhibitions and Artists’ Projects Curator at The New Art Gallery Walsall.

The majority of artworks on display are for sale. Don’t miss Ann Hackett’s demonstration on Saturday 9 June and Gabrielle Roberts-Dalton’s demonstration on Saturday 23 June.

Exhibiting artists include Claire Lycett, Zoe Petrie, Emma Safe, Hannah Parkes, Peter Davis, Jill Campbell, Conor Collins, Kate Bentley, Paul Gray, Jude Hanly, Frederick Jones, Amanda Wearing and Adam De Ville, one of Artrooms Fair London 2019 applicant.

The prizes will be selected by Zoë Lippett or, where applicable, the prize donor. All prizes will be awarded at the exhibition.
Prizes include: GMC First Prize – £1,000 cash; Alec Morison Second Prize – £500 cash; GMC Third Prize – £250 cash; The Artist Magazine Prize – 2-year subscription (RRP £114); Tim Dabson Consulting Ltd Prize for 3D work – £100 cash; Up to 6 Highly Commended certificates will also be awarded.

Closing Party on Friday 22 June, 6 – 8pm. The Closing Party
Speaker will be Paul Anderson, Managing Director, Deutsche Bank Birmingham.

RBSA Gallery, 4 Brook Street, Birmingham, B3 1SA
Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday 10:30am – 5:00pm
Saturdays 10:30am – 5:00pm
Sundays 1pm – 5:00pm
Admission Free

When You Die You Will Not Be Scared To Die by Lindsay Tunkl

Parallax Press is excited to announce the publication of a series of poetic lists about the liberating aspect of death by Oakland-based conceptual artist, Lindsay Tunkl, one of Artrooms Fair London 2019 applicants. When You Die You Will Not Be Scared To Die is a series of concise observations that tackle fear of death as it relates to contemporary human life.

Lindsay Tunkl is an award-winning interdisciplinary conceptual artist who addresses themes of death, fear, and human connection in her artistic practice. Based on the artist’s own fear of the apocalypse, she began a performance art series conducting free pre-apocalypse counseling sessions with strangers to discuss their fear around the end of the world. After more than 100 sessions, Tunkl’s understanding of modern day death anxiety or thanatophobia lead her to create a book that embodies both her conceptual and performance art, and features her writing of simple, direct and comforting meditations about the good things that might come from personal death.

This alternative view comes at a complex moment in history where political tensions, climate change, violence and disease are counterbalanced by the information age, where enough data to solve so many problems might exist, but isn’t utilized. Consensus around mortality itself is polarizing: opposing camps are mobilizing toward an open embrace of death, and many others are trying to deny death through life extension science and therapies. The meditations of When You Die You Will Not Be Scared To Die remind us that fear and death are both fundamental to the human experience–we may find connection and solace in remembering that the one thing that all of humanity has in common is our collective mortality.

When You Die You Will Not Be Scared To Die is a companion piece to the previously published Origins & Endings, a unique book and card deck that turns anxiety and fear about death into an opportunity for contemplation, exploration, and growth. Origins & Endings combines the Rorschach test with apocalyptic scenarios to offer a new tool for understanding yourself and how to respond to an uncertain world. The artist’s original, startling inkblots are paired with unique meditations inspired by psychoanalysis, psychology, meditation, and popular culture. Together, they give readers infinite options for knowing themselves and understanding their fears.

Available to purchase here.