Art Weekly Digest: London 05 - 11 February, 2018

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Opening Of The Week

Eddie Peake. Concrete Pitch

  Eddie Peake, Gallerie Lorcan O'Neill, installation view, Frieze London 2017. Image Courtesy of the artist and the gallery

Eddie Peake, Gallerie Lorcan O'Neill, installation view, Frieze London 2017. Image Courtesy of the artist and the gallery

Eddie Peake will open a show in London that will feature him working and performing in the White Cube’s South Gallery for two months. For some of the time he will be in a room where visitors will see him through two-way glass, but he will not see them. “Much of my work relates to that idea of looking, implicating the viewer as a form of voyeur, and I will play games with that.” The exhibition takes its title, ‘Concrete Pitch’, from the bare, concrete recreation ground in Finsbury Park in North London, where Peake grew up. The pitch served as a playground, a sports field, a stage for encounters and dramas, and a meeting place for people of every age, class and ethnicity from the surrounding area.  It will also feature artist's new paintings, sculpture, installation and sound.

The show will be on view until 08th April 2018, at the White Cube, Bermondsey, 144 – 152 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3TQ

 

In Focus

The Columbia Threadneedle Prize

  The winner of 2018 - Ana Schmidt, Dead End (2017) Image Courtesy of the artist.

The winner of 2018 - Ana Schmidt, Dead End (2017) Image Courtesy of the artist.

Founded in 2008, this Prize focuses on the representative and figurative art by both emerging and established artists. A lot of what surrounds us and our perception of it is fragmented and abstract in a visual sense, so it is especially interesting to see where today’s reality and artists’ seeking to represent this reality fall within the figurative art tradition. One artist will be chosen to win the First Prize of £20,000 and a solo exhibition. A further prize of £10,000 is awarded by visitors and five Shortlisted Artists each receive £1,000. This year’s Selectors are Pippa Stockdale, Managing Director of The Fine Art Society, London; Jennifer McRae, award winning portrait artist; and Helen Pheby, Senior Curator at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.  The Chairman of the panel is Lewis McNaught, Director of Mall Galleries.

This exhibition is on view from 31 January to 17 February 2018, Mall Galleries (The Mall, St. James's, London SW1A 2BN) | Admission Free

 

Time to Book

Sheroes in the History of Art

   Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun , Self Portrait in a Straw Hat, after 1782

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, Self Portrait in a Straw Hat, after 1782

What does it mean to be a ‘shero’? Or even the more celebrated (male) ‘hero’?

On this two-hour interactive tour at the National Gallery, you will examine and deconstruct the virtues of heroism, from strength and sacrifice to leadership and ingenuity, looking at how these qualities are reflected in the history of art, particularly when it comes to women. The guides from Lon-Art will highlight women’s hidden herstories, uncovering resistance against oppression and battles against adversity. Explore female artists who achieved visibility (of the 2300 artists on display at the National Gallery, only 11 are women) against the odds, factual and fictional named women ‘of note’, and the everyday, unknown shero.

This tour will be happening on Saturday 10th February at 13:00 at The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square,London, WC2N 5DN

 

Hymn For The Weekend

Exodus

   Frank Auerbach , Mornington Crescent, Summer Morning II, 2004 ©  Frank Auerbach, courtesy Marlborough Fine Art

Frank Auerbach, Mornington Crescent, Summer Morning II, 2004 © Frank Auerbach, courtesy Marlborough Fine Art

Bushey Museum currently has on its display a major loan exhibition, which was made in partnership with Ben Uri Gallery and Museum (whose collection originally focused on artists of British and European Jewish descent). The name of the show comes from the title of Book of Exodus: Bezalel Ben Uri who was a Jewish immigrant and artist-craftsman. Today the phrase ‘émigré artist’ may have a different meaning, because so many of us choose to live in another land for work or study, but the same challenges of assimilation, of settling into a foreign land’, remain. Exhibition compromises more than 70 artworks by a range of artists, including famous names such as Frank Auerbach, Leon Bakst, David Bomberg, Marc Chagall, Naum Gabo, Mark Gertler, R.B. Kitaj, Leon Kossoff, Jacob Kramer and Camille Pissarro.

The exhibition will be on view until June 24 2018, at the Bushey Museum, Rudolph Road, Bushey, WD23 3HW, Saturday, open Thursdays to Sundays, 11am to 4pm

 

Last Chance To See

Condo 2018

  Leo Fitzmaurice, Post Match (1996-2017) Folded cigarette packet (540 parts), courtesy of the artist and The Sunday Painter, London.

Leo Fitzmaurice, Post Match (1996-2017) Folded cigarette packet (540 parts), courtesy of the artist and The Sunday Painter, London.

Spread across the city, Condo is an international art festival, during which 17 art spaces play host to 46 galleries from around the world. Doubled in size since its debut in 2016, it’s a great opportunity to see the most cutting-edge contemporary art from New York, Guatemala City, Warsaw and Shanghai and more. The title “Condo” takes its cue from US-style, shared apartment buildings—host galleries provide space rent free of charge for 4 weeks. Our highlights would be shows at Maureen Paley (Hosting: joségarcía, mx, Mexico City; dépendance, Brussels) and Pilar Corrias (hosting sociÉtÉ Berlin), Sunday Painter (Hosting: Arcadia Missa, London; Dawid Radziszewski, Warsaw; Galeria Stereo, Warsaw) and Project Native Informant (Hosting: KOW, Berlin).

Various locations. Sat Jan 13-Feb 10. Free. See www.condocomplex.org for all listings info.