A Passion for Drapery
“I do not know which to admire the most; your courage in defying the tendencies of modern art, or the skill with which you have done so”.
Sir Kenneth Clark
Anthony Christian’s work is in some of the world’s most prestigious art collections, including the Queen’s Royal Collection; a clear testament to not only his masterful draughtsmanship but also the deep emotive power that his multi-genre art offers. In the rich oeuvre of his career spanning over six decades and created throughout the far corners of the world.
Few artists in history have painted inanimate objects with such intricacy or luminosity so as to incite emotional reactions. With a less than straightforward trajectory to fame and success, Christian’s resurgence with this exhibition cements his reputation as one of the most significant ’modern’, old master painters. Persisting in his modern, realist style throughout his career, Christian’s subversive attitude deserves to award him the status of an icon for many modern and contemporary artists.
In this exhibition, aptly named “A Passion for Drapery“, Christian offers us a series of artworks with a new and fresh feeling; dreamy imagery imbued with vibrant colours and revitalising light. His brushwork shows some influences from early Impressionism, such as in the work of Edgar Degas and William Nicholson, but there is also a subtle surrealist thread that is masterfully weaved through each picture. His art has traditional painterly values and yet at the same time it looks ‘contemporary’. But perhaps the greatest success is how Christian develops the narrative in arguably the most difficult subject matter that could afford such expressive freedom: drapery. Ever since he was a child sitting on his bed looking at the crumpled sheets and seeing all sorts of figures and monsters racing around in the intricate folds of the cloth, Anthony Christian has been fascinated by drapery. As an artist he became obsessed with the wondrous madness of the drapery and the endless possibilities and challenges it offered to express the stories hidden within it. A Passion for Drapery is the culmination of this obsession. Here we see how Christian gives cloth a life of its own through confident, virtuoso brushwork, as if the imaginary figures that he observed on his childhood bedsheets have reincarnated onto the canvas. While the paintings are carefully crafted with an overall balance of shape, texture, tone and colour, the drawings are true little masterpieces created using a technique of tinting paper which the artist then worked on with charcoal pencil and white chalk for highlights.
Such is the appeal of Anthony Christian’s art that it provides something of an existential experience; his artworks are allegorical ideas.A Passion for Drapery then is in a way one of the half-forgotten aspects of life we live with, that we scarcely notice, but that can mean everything.
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Following the programme of the art exhibitions in the main Hall of Palazzo Naiadi – The Dedica Anthology Hotels – Le Dame Art Gallery is delighted to present POLO GAME, a new exhibition by Gabriela Herma set from the 6th of September until the 8th of October 2018.
Gabriela’s work is characterized by an extremely long and fascinating process that allows the artist to transform a photo into a unique – one-of-a-kind – original work.
Herma’s photographs are printed onto metal and later supervened with resin and mixed materials such as Swarovski, broken mirrors and sparkle dust. Her photographs freeze moments of emotion and are brought to life by layering resin and reflective elements. Through this process, she injects a vitality and tangibility that invites us to step into the scene and experience first hand the moment Herma captured.
Gabriela Herma is a Polish Fine Art Photographer from Bielsko-Biala, Poland. Based in London, Herma’s work is inspired by her surroundings and led by her initial emotional response. Each of her photographs conceal a deeper meaning and emotion that she invites her viewers to explore. Encouraging us to see beyond what can be seen.
One of Herma’s most significant works is Guilia, 2015. Guilia is the depiction of a red dragonfly she met in Marbella, Spain in August 2015. The dragonfly flirted and interacted with Herma, as if she was silently requesting to be captured by her camera. The dragonfly is a symbol of transformation that encourages us to seek self-realisation and uncover the deeper meaning of life. Guilia is a representation of Herma’s internal growth and ability to see beyond the surface meaning of her subjects, a redline through her work.
POLO GAME is a bespoke project for Palazzo Naiadi – The Dedica Anthology set in occasion of the Longines Global Champion Tour in Rome.
Palazzo Naiadi – The Dedica Anthology – Piazza della Repubblica 47 – 00185 Roma Tel 06489381
Suggested visiting times: Every day, from 10 am to 7pm
From 6th September to 8th October 2018
Private View (by invitation only) 5th September from 6:30 pm to 9 pm
Carole A. Feuerman is recognized as a pioneering figure in the world of hyperrealist sculpture, which emerged around 1970 in relation to photorealist painting. Together with Duane Hanson and John De Andrea, her contemporaries, she was one of the three leaders in making life like sculptures that portray their models precisely. While Hanson used uniforms and props to achieve a Pop Art irony, and De Andrea continues to explore the love relationships of men and women, Feuerman’s sculptures have always visualized a natural beauty and a sense of inner peace.
She has been exhibited four times in the Venice Biennale, the Piazza della Repubblica, and the Teatro Romano e Museum Civico in Fiesole. In Asia, she has been exhibited in Harbour City; Hong Kong, The National Museum of China, Shanghai, and the Daejeon Museum and Suwon Museums in Korea. Numerous public sculptures have appeared in outdoor venues, including Petrosino Square in New York City and the Frederik Meijer Sculpture Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan. One of Feuerman’s most recognizable pieces, “The Golden Mean”, can be seen in Riverfront Green Park overlooking the Hudson River and is owned by the City of Peekskill, NY. Her “Monumental Double Diver” is owned by the City of Sunnyvale in Silicon Valley, California.
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The Feminist Library is a large collection of Women’s Liberation Movement literature based in London, and it will be presenting their summer exhibition, mirroring the referencing system used within the archive. Both the Library and the exhibition aim to represent the broad spectrum of issues women experience instead of forcing everything into the “Woman section” as we see in classic institutions.
The 15 participating artists include Tanya Maheshwari, Megan Jordan, Daiane Madeiros, Georgina Hadgood, Lorna Harrington, Olivia Hancock, Stacey Sinclair, Shannon Bono, Joanne Newman, Liz Blum, Laura Onions, Rose Gallivan, Cecilia Bianchini, Daria Baiocchi and Syeda Alishba, who has recently been announced as a Guest Artist for Artrooms Fair London 2019.
The exhibition will run from the 20th – 24th August 2018, from 11am to 6pm at 310 New Cross Road, SE14 6AF.
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After London and Rome, the Artrooms Fairs open a new edition in Seoul, South Korea, from the 26th to the 28th of October 2018. The fair will be organised in collaboration with IACO Korea and will take place at the Riviera Hotel, in the very famous area of the Gangnam District.
What makes this fair so interesting is the diversity of the artists and their work. Away from the daunting walls of the wh
ite cube ideology of the gallery space, both visitors and artists feel more comfortable in engaging with one another, which enables artists to not only sell their work but to share their vision and practice in a very distinctive way.
Artists go through a very hard selection process and each year they face a different Selection Committee, whose members are experts of the Industry, comprising some of the most relevant names in the art world. These have included in the past editions Sotheby’s S2 Gallery Director Fru Tholstrup, Palazzo Strozzi’s Director Arturo Galansino, Star-Architect Marco Piva, Christies’ Victoria Wolcough and Tabish Khan from The Londonist, just to name a few.
Less than 100 out of approx. 2000 artists pass the selections, turning the Artrooms Fair into an hunting ground for art galleries, curators, and collectors to interact in an intimate setting and discover new trends and unrepresented talented artists.
Since this year, the Organisers have been launching a new Gallery Affiliation Programme offering art galleries the opportunity to liaise to a new network and scout for artists; among new affiliated Contini Contemporary, Mucciaccia Contemporary, Ransom Art and Bel Air Fine Art, 11[HellHeaven] Art Gallery, Ufofabrik, Zari Gallery. For the new editions, Artrooms Fairs will also open to Cultural Partners, in volving Museums and Foundations to give artists new exciting opportunities. The fair is unique in its kind: “One room at no cost to the artist”.
It is set on 4-star luxury hotels where every room is turned into an exhibition space, and it is also the only fair inviting independent artists to exhibit and sell their works without paying a fee. The venues are the Meliá White House in London, The Church Palace in Rome and the Riviera Hotel in Seoul.
The Artrooms Fairs offer an extraordinary platform to support and nurture the artist’s career and an extensive programme to all visitors, with workshops, interviews such as “In bed with the artists”, the Focus on Section dedicated to a Country, Art Projects and installations, Sculpture Park and Video Art.
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La mostra Rebus Vitæ che anima l’edizione della Versiliana mette in scena il teatro della vita secondo la visione dello scultore emiliano Michelangelo Galliani che tratteggia così un nuovo inedito capitolo della sua creatività. Si tratta di 5 opere inedite in marmo di Carrara che l’artista ha realizzato nel 2018 e presenta per la prima volta al pubblico durante il ricco calendario di eventi culturali della rassegna di Marina di Pietrasanta.
Il concetto da cui parte l’autore riprende il senso dell’esperienza personale e si trasforma in metafora generale, lasciando allo spettatore il compite di sciogliere il rebus che si forma dall’unione delle sculture, ciascuna letta con un significato particolare che, tuttavia, nel contesto stabilisce un tema collettivo. Nata dalla collaborazione fra la Fondazione Versiliana diretta da Massimiliano Simone e dalla Galleria Contini Contemporary di Londra, che gestisce in esclusiva l’opera di Michelangelo Galliani, l’iniziativa riporta al centro del palcoscenico della scultura italiana uno dei suoi più rappresentativi maestri, impegnato da vent’anni in un’indagine accurata sul rinnovamento del linguaggio scultoreo. Anche in virtù di questo motivo la mostra è presentata da Flavio Arensi, lo studioso milanese direttore degli spazi espositivi della città di Legnano, che da anni s’interessa della scultura attraverso una serie di mostre ormai storiche, come quelle dedicate al genio di Auguste Rodin.
Per Galliani la scultura è un corpo a corpo con la materia, dal quale si ricavano i motivi linguistici per un racconto che ha come fulcro l’indagine sull’uomo. Per questa mostra personale, che sancisce un nuovo motivo creativo, l’artista mescola suggestioni nate dallo studio della storia dell’arte a nuove opere di carattere intimo e personale, in un gioco fatto di allusioni e silenzi capaci di portare l’osservatore all’interno di un viaggio misterioso, come appunto quello dei rebus. Il rebus è un gioco enigmistico classico consistente in una vignetta che il solutore deve interpretare per ricavarne una frase risolutiva. L’etimologia del nome “rebus” è incerta, ma si fa comunemente risalire all’ablativo latino di res (= cosa), a suggerire che la frase è espressa con le cose, ossia con gli oggetti presenti nella vignetta. La parola “rebus” è anche metafora di una situazione intricata e di difficile interpretazione.
Michelangelo Galliani è nato nel 1975 a Montecchio Emilia, Reggio Emilia.
Inizia a lavorare come scultore molto giovane. Frequenta prima l’Istituto d’Arte Paolo Toschi di Parma con indirizzo Scenotecnica, si specializza poi all’Istituto per l’Arte e il Restauro di Palazzo Spinelli a Firenze e si diploma infine all’Accademia di Belle Arti di Carrara con indirizzo Scultura. Attualmente oltre al suo lavoro di scultore è docente di “Tecniche del Marmo e delle Pietre dure” presso l’Accademia di Belle Arti di Urbino. Vincitore di numerosi premi tra cui: Premio Fabbri 2006/2007; Premio San Fedele 2006; Premio Termoli 2004; Premio Vasto 2002; Premio di Scultura Mater Domini 2002; Premio internazionale di Scultura della Regione Piemonte 2001. E’ stato finalista anche al Premio Cairo 2001 e 2007.
La mostra si svolgerà nell’incantevole cornice della Versiliana, ad un passo dalle assolate spiagge di Marina di Pietrasanta. La Versiliana con la sua Villa che fu dimora dannunziana, i suoi viali ed il suo grande teatro all’aperto ospita da ben 39 edizioni ospita l’omonimo festival che ogni anno accoglie migliaia di visitatori.
Sotto la direzione artistica di Massimiliano Simoni, il festival della Versiliana proporrà da luglio a fine agosto due mesi ininterrotti di eventi tra concerti, grandi show, spettacoli di prosa e danza con le più importanti compagnie internazionali, musical, attività per bambini ed i celebri “Incontri al Caffè della Versiliana”, fiore all’occhiello della cultura in Versilia.
MICHELANGELO GALLIANI. Rebus Vitæ
Marina di Pietrasanta, Villa la Versiliana 14 Luglio – 2 Settembre 2018
a cura di Flavio Arensi
Orari: da lunedi a domenica, 17:00 – 24:00
In occasione della mostra verrà pubblicato un catalogo
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After the success of “Support” that attracted so much interest in the public of the 57th Venice Biennale, Lorenzo Quinn returns to Venice with two works that will embrace the Grand Canal again from July to November:
“La Forza della Natura” (The Force of Nature) and “Volare” (Flying).
The first will be positioned exactly where the gigantic hands of “Support” had been installed last year, in front of the historic Rialto fish market; the second, “Volare”, will be located in the picturesque setting of the water gate of the Centurion Palace (near the Basilica della Salute).
The two artworks will symbolically open and close an unprecedented artistic path along this historic stretch of the Grand Canal.
Lorenzo Quinn (Rome, 1966), internationally renowned artist and son of the famous actor Anthony, boasts a special relationship with the lagoon city: both the late mother and his wife are Venetian.
A destiny that thus binds the artist to Venice and which is reflected in his works through suggestions of beauty, delicacy and fragility.
Lorenzo Quinn has worked for years with the Halcyon Gallery in London and on this occasion decided to display the two new works with and thanks to the collaboration of Cristian Contini (Contini Contemporary) and Massimiliano Bugno (Bugno Art Gallery).
Both “Volare” and “La Forza della Natura” will be exhibited from July until the end of November.
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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
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.
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
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