A new free exhibition, Punk 1976-1978, opens Friday 13th May at The British Library in London. It explores the roots of the musical phenomenon through the words and artefacts of the artists at its visceral, beating heart.
Art Rookie opened their debut exhibition Thursday 17th March at theprintspace in Shoreditch, London with a packed private view. On display were works from seventeen of their successful members and most prolific artists alongside three lucky handpicked competition winners. Historic pop culture icons sat side by side with young pretenders to the throne, with film, music and TV as popular muses.
On Thursday 4th December, in the Londonewcastle project space, music and fashion lovers united to celebrate British street fashion from the late eighties to present day. Exhibition “89:14” marks the 25th anniversary of London born and bred brand, Boxfresh, and draws clear links between the clothes the youth of Britain wear and the music scenes they belong to.
It was the launch of Fashion Sunday() on 2nd February at multi-arts venue Oval Space, a new monthly designer fashion marketplace dedicated to regularly bringing the largest selection yet of contemporary luxury brands and fresh independent design talent together under one, spacious roof in Hackney, East London.
Guerrilla Zoo’s acclaimed Modern Panic exhibition returns for a third installment, featuring a unique collection of over fifty surreal, controversial and provocative international artists and live art performances.
Choreographer, performer and sound/video artist Darren Johnston’s debut production as artist-in-residence at The Roundhouse promised a hybrid event featuring dance, music and visual arts. A collaboration including London Contemporary Orchestra and ambient hardcore musician Zan Lyons held so much promise on paper with its dark and brooding invite to enter whatever the “Underdrome” was, yet expectations were barely met as reality dawned on a fatally flawed 90 minutes.
Zoopsia, a visual hallucination of animals, is often something attributed to the fantasy of a child. With this in mind, you’ll find little shock in the form of the work Hawkinson is exhibiting at the Getty Center. It’s slightly humorous, but more silly, and for the most part it’s simple. However, this isn’t to say that the work is all out poor.
Animation exhibition Momentary Momentum seeks to show how dramatic changes between the past and present resonate equally. The once simple, naive and exalting emotions portrayed in folk tales have given way to animated versions of contemporary life that evoke the same, and often quaint, acts of living.
Secret Project Robot is a three-floor gallery space a block from the east river. The emphasis behind Secret Project Robot is community, whether it is the artists or the exhibit itself, the building as a whole is meant to be a work of art. However, for all of its spirit, SPR properly demonstrates that function still reigns over form.
Imagine a sparse white room and in your mind fill it with art objects. Next replace the white room with an empty hotel room and multiply this by 39. Voila, you have Art@Agnes.
Artist duo Seripop and Rob Churm both produce music in the underground music scenes of harsh noise rock and punkish improv, but they also produce drawings and screenprinted posters to promote the music of their projects and that of others. This exhibition brings together their rich history of graphic imagery, poster art, graffitismo and the wild subconscious to a sometimes visionary, other times traumatic, effect.
The ICC — or NTT InterCommunication Center was established in 1997 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Japanese telephone service. Its primary aim is to “encourage the dialogue between technology and the arts with a core theme of ‘communication’”. Virtual reality and interactive technology are par for the course in many Art settings so what makes their current show Art x Communication = Open an interesting take on it?
This three day escapade was riddled by a plethora of eccentricities: a stranglehold of imagery, ironies, gluttony, vice and vanity. Knowing Banksy, and having experienced or heard about his previous exhibitions, you would not find it surprising that his debut in Los Angeles incited many absurdisms, most notably — as you’ve probably already heard — a painted, roaming Indian elephant. Yes, Banksy once again has served us with an animal as metaphor, and this time it’s subject matter is the insoucience of the Western middle class.
Currently, the Getty’s biggest event is the largest collection of the Peter Paul Rubens and Jans Brueghel the Elder partnership ever to be shown, and it’s there to be viewed until the conception of Autumn. Aside from the Rubens/Brueghel collaborative works on show, there are individual pieces and some collaborations with other Flemish artists of the time.
He describes his work as “representational pictures of emotional situations” — a fitting way to sum up the often very personal titles such as “In Paris With You” and “Small Henry Moore at the Bottom of the Garden”. Through his bold, fluid brush strokes and the often dramatic impact of his sometimes limited colours you cannot help but feel through the sight of the abstract image the emotion within the painting.
The Frieze Art Fair — held annually in Regent’s Park, London — is one of the biggest showcases of contemporary art in the world today. Over 160 of the most dynamic and influential galleries in the world exhibit work, and it brings together people connected to the art world from all over.