Flowers of Ethiopia

It is not hazardous to say that Robin Yong‘s journey, it’s a journey into beauty. The goal is a long journey made of miles of experiences merging directly into the definition of colours and light. This is the key to approach the perfect harmony of his shots, which touch a dazzling aesthetic, built not on simple expressive formalism or pure technique, but on a movement that has its roots in emotions.

Yong travels for thousands of miles, to meet people and immerse himself in different cultures. A journey in a different world, that he faces with the certainty that he will be able to go back to the roots where his artistic research lays. A passionate path towards that beauty which is expressed in such aesthetic perfection, because it is first lived and sedimented inwardly. As Susan Sontag loved to define the natural and profound approach to the work of art, so is Yong’s approach sentimental and almost erotic. Yong lives in a deep state of desire that allows him – as he underlines “my shots are made with natural light, without predispositions of artificial lighting systems” – to naturally grasp the essence of a beauty that already exists and that needs to be caught in its purity, in an unparalleled form.

Flowers of Ethiopia is one of Yong’s most surprisingly beautiful works. The journey in the Horn of Africa, in the Omo National Park, where ancient Ethiopian tribes live, brings him in a context of primordial nature, simple and pure, made of spontaneity, smiles, and innocence. The gaze of Yong frees himself of his “superstructures” to be able to grasp naturally what the great and wonderful mother nature offers him: flowers adorning other flowers, clothes of nature revealing purity, smiles for exchanges of understanding and friendship.

Flowers of Ethiopia is a tribute to the great people of a great land.  Yong did not simply picture the reality of life, he has designed it with his own colours. Naturalness that meets other naturalness, immortality of an encounter of love.

Impossible to not be appreciated.

Gianfranco Valleriani

London, March 7 – April 5, 2019

Le Dame Art Gallery at Meliá White House
1 Albany ST, Regent’s Park, London NW13UP
Tel 0044 (0) 7947653530 – contact@ledameartgallery.com

Opening times:
MONDAY TO FRIDAY 10AM TO 6PM
SATURDAY 2PM TO 6PM – SUNDAY CLOSED

 

Hashtag Queens – Social Media Enabling Artworks

Contini Contemporary Gallery is pleased to present a unique digital interactive exhibition by multidisciplinary artist Mr Rebec,/Robodrone, a successful songwriter/producer (distributed by INgrooves via iTunes, Spotify, Amazon).

Mr Rebec,/Robodrone’s new class of social media enabling artworks, has its roots in Music. Robodrone is the creator of tracks such as ‘Download My Heart’ a ‘modernspeak’ lyrics – based and simultaneously reflected, expressed to celebrate the transformative social changes of the ongoing new Cultural Revolution.

Robodrone has also created a novel style comic book ‘Hasthtag Queens Task Force’ that illustrates social responsibility and animal protection via a dynamic trio of young women using martial arts and a flying AI car with the mission to solve out dangerous situations. The comic book was published in a limited hard copy edition as well as in digital editions via Apple and Amazon.

The “Hashtag Queens throne” is a new form of artwork that invites the visitor to step up onto the throne to create new performance based art that is shared simultaneously with people in their immediate vicinity as well as around the world via selfies and video snaps multicast onto Social Media accounts of friends and strangers for comment and feedback. Hashtag Queens throne is the first example of where art is not a traditional top-down, vertical but rather a horizontal, interactive, contributive experience. The facilitation of user generated art reflects and expresses the way Social Media culture works. Digital citizens are encouraged to engage, create and share continuously.

People entering the Art Exhibit are no longer visitors-they are visiting artists instead, who are encouraged and enabled by Robodrone and the Contini Contemporary Gallery to create and share new Instaperformances as works of art. ‘Instaperformance Art’, is made possible by networked multicasting communications technology and Social Media cultural practices and it represents the modern fusion of traditional decades of old ‘installation art’ and ‘performance art’.

Contini Contemporary

15-16 Brook’s Mews
W1K 4DS London
t. 020 3972 9001
info@continicontemporary.com
www.continicontemporary.com

Opening hours:
Monday–Friday 10:30 am – 6:30 pm
Saturday 12:00 – 6:30 pm

Anthony Christian

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.

 

For more information contact

Zari Gallery
73 Newman Street, London, W1T 3EJ

Tel: + 44 207 580 7759
Email: info@zarigallery.co.uk
Website: https://zarigallery.co.uk/

Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm
Saturday: 9am to 1pm

POLO GAME by Gabriela Herma

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.

 

Polo Game
Gabriela Herma
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
RSVP: contact@ledameartgallery.com

 

Carole FEUERMAN at Bel-Air FineArt

 

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.

 

For more information

Bel-Air Fine Art – London
105 New Bond Street, W1S 1DN London
T. +44 (0)20 7495 5101
M. +44 (0)77 4259 5513

Summer Exhibition at The Feminist Library

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.

Nearest stations are New Cross Gate and New Cross for Rail or Overground.

 

Artrooms Fair opens its doors in Korea

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.
For further information, visit http://www.artroomsfairs.com/

Artrooms Fairs shows
Seoul, October 26 -28, 2018
London, January 11-13, 2019
Roma, Coming soon
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Michelangelo Galliani: Rebus Vitæ by Contini Contemporary

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.

Nota biografica
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.

 

 

Location
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
Ingresso libero
In occasione della mostra verrà pubblicato un catalogo
Informazioni: tel. +39 0584 265757 info@versilianafestival.it
info@continicontemporary.com Siti Internet: www.versilianafestival.it
www.continicontemporary.com
Ufficio stampa: Valentina Pierotti – ufficiostampa@versilianafestival.it

Lorenzo Quinn presents VOLARE

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.

Contini Contemporary: info@continicontemporary.com

Read here the Italian Press Release