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Ella Walker joins Pilar Corrias

April 3, 2024

Pilar Corrias announces representation of the London-based artist Ella Walker.

Using both traditional and contemporary painting techniques and materials, Walker works from a myriad of source imagery – iconography, medieval manuscripts, and classical sculpture to modern ballet, fashion and the cinema of Fellini and Pasolini – unifying historic and contemporary figures and narratives within a single picture plane.

Walker applies light washes of acrylic dispersion, pigment, chalk and marble dust, with selective intensity to an absorbent and textured ground. Employing the spatial logics of fresco and its shallow depth of field, Walker builds her tableaux, placing her painted subjects within stage-like scenes that defy easy delineation between ecstasy, eroticism and suffering.

“Ella Walker is a brilliant artist, whose unique style and painting technique is captivating. Her paintings, layered with a complexity of themes and historical references, operate within the interstices of historic and contemporary visual cultures, creating a new painterly language in between. I am thrilled to be working with Ella on an international level and promoting her extraordinary practice alongside New York gallery Casey Kaplan.” – Pilar Corrias

Walker will have her first exhibition with the gallery later this year.

photo: Jooney Woodward

Dr Nicholas Cullinan appointed as new Director of the British Museum

March 28, 2024

Dr Nicholas Cullinan OBE has been appointed as the new Director of the British Museum, following the unanimous approval of the Board of Trustees and the agreement of the Prime Minister.

Nicholas is one of the UK’s most admired and experienced museum directors, having successfully run the National Portrait Gallery since April 2015. During his time at the National Portrait Gallery Nicholas led the most significant transformation in the Gallery’s history, with a complete re-presentation of the Collection and major redevelopment of the building increasing public space by a fifth. Before that he worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Tate Modern in London as a curator, bringing an international perspective to his approach.

Nicholas takes over from Interim Director Sir Mark Jones and will take up his role in the summer.

photo: Zoë Law

Richard Serra, 1938 – 2024

March 27, 2024

The death has been announced of Richard Serra at his home in New York. The American artist, perhaps best known for his monumental abstract sculptures, died of pneumonia at the age of 85.

Serra’s massive arcing sheets of oxidised steel - often weighing thousands of tonnes - became his hallmark and are installed in museums and public spaces throughout the world. Even his drawings - also integral throughout his work - were massive, daunting, and “heavy”.

Carmen Jimenez, who organised an exhibition of major Serra works in 2005 at The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, described the artist as “beyond doubt the most important living sculptor”.

Richard Serra: Six Large Drawings opens on Tuesday, April 9 at David Zwirner in London

Richard Serra: Casablanca runs until Tuesday, April 30 at Galerie Lelong & Co. in Paris

photo: Richard Serra: Transmitter @ Gagosian, Paris, Sep 2021 - Dec 2022 © 2021 Richard Serra/ARS, New York, Thomas Lannes

Jack Bell Gallery relaunches as Larkin Durey

March 26, 2024

Oliver Durey is delighted to announce the launch of his newly rebranded gallery, Larkin Durey, operating under his sole direction and ownership. Originally opened in 2010 as Jack Bell Gallery, ex-partners Jack Bell and Oliver Durey shared over a decade of success together and have now taken the decision to part company to pursue independent ventures.

Larkin Durey remains in its well-loved location of Mason’s Yard, London and continues to strategically evolve its international contemporary program. The gallery’s new name reflects the revised positioning, an ethos of inclusivity where artists and collaborators are an extended family. Family is hugely important and Larkin Durey takes its name from Oliver’s two sons, who share his and his wife’s surnames. His wife, Monica Larkin, has extensive fashion and design experience in the luxury sector and will also be contributing to the development of the gallery’s visual brand presence.

Looking ahead, the gallery aims to strengthen its focus on each artist on the roster, increasing their presence locally, internationally & online. In 2024 the gallery will streamline its fair program building on existing stateside relationships in New York and has ambitions to develop a wider European program in 2025.

Larkin Durey opened with ‘Le Bapteme‘ by Marc Padeu on Thursday 14 March with the artist in attendance from Yaoundé, Cameroon.

Capitain Petzel now represents Alexandra Metcalf

March 25, 2024

Capitain Petzel is pleased to announce the representation of Alexandra Metcalf.

Born in 1992 in London, UK, Alexandra Metcalf works in painting and sculpture, reinterpreting the history of gendered labor through antiquated ornamental traditions. Metcalf considers the way historic counter-culture movements shape aesthetics, with the intense patterns and coloring of her paintings representing domestic landscapes full of anxiety and populated by hysteric women. Metcalf mythologizes a dramatic descent into madness through exaggerated yet self-aware images related to historically established notions of femininity. One could see this as a satire of literary tropes or an attempt to depict the heightened levels of dramatic tension characteristic of operatic storytelling, where most things are to be seen in parentheses. Her fascination with craft is coupled with attempts to regender labor-intensive mediums historically seen as masculine, including stained glass, bronze casting, and handcrafted woodwork.

Alexandra Metcalf graduated from the Chelsea College of Art and Design, London and Rhode Island School of Design, Providence. Her work has recently been exhibited at 15 Orient Gallery, New York; Kunsthalle Zürich; Champ Lacombe, Biarritz; Fitzpatrick Gallery, Paris; LOMEX, New York; and Ginny on Frederick, London. Metcalf’s work is held in The Museum of Modern Art Library Collection, New York; The Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Brown University, Providence and The Perimeter, London.

A joint exhibition by Karla Black and Alexandra Metcalf is on view at Capitain Petzel through April 13, 2024.

photo: Jackson Hallberg

Galleria Continua announces representation of Barbana Bojadzi

Born in 1996, Barbana Bojadzi is an artist originally from Kosovo who currently lives and works in Provins, France. She graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 2021, with honors from the jury. At the Beaux-Arts, she was mentored by Dominique Gauthier, Nina Childress, and Dominique Figarella.

In her artistic practice, Barbana Bojadzi is particularly interested in the memory associated to gesture, the idea of imprint, and its relation to Time. Her artworks are characterized by the accumulation of layers, colors, and textures, thus creating a stratification of meanings and materials, where the image emerges by a mechanism of extraction. Barbana Bojadzi is always seeking new technical processes, highlighting used and reclaimed materials that reflect the humility and simplicity we find in her work.

Barbana Bojadzi recently won the Khalil de Chazournes Prize, awarded by the Amis des Beaux-Arts de Paris, as well as the 2023 the Sisley - Beaux-Arts de Paris Prize for Young Creation, and one of her works is now part of the Société Générale Art Collection. She was also part of many group shows, including 'Société Générale Art Collection' at the Société Générale Tower, Puteaux (France) and 'Felicità' at POUSH, Aubervilliers (France).

The artist’s first solo exhibition at Galleria Continua opens on April 2, 2024.

Tschabalala Self awarded 2026 Fourth Plinth Commission

March 15, 2024

Galerie Eva Presenhuber and Pilar Corrias are pleased to announce that Tschabalala Self’s work has been selected for the 2026 Fourth Plinth commission. The Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square is one of the most important art commissions worldwide, putting new work by internationally renowned artists into the heart of London. Self’s sculpture, titled Lady in Blue, pays homage to a contemporary woman, who could be one of many Londoners walking through Trafalgar Square. Made of bronze, she will reference the square’s existing monuments, but will be patinated with Lapis Lazuli, a refined blue pigment in use since antiquity.

“I am honoured that the public and Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group have selected my work,” Self says. “Lady in Blue will bring a woman to Trafalgar Square that many can relate to. She is not an idol to venerate or a historic figurehead to commemorate. She is a woman striding forward into our collective future with ambition and purpose. She is a Londoner, who represents the city’s spirit.”

Tschabalala Self (b.1990 Harlem, USA) lives and works in New York’s Hudson Valley. Self is an artist who builds a singular style from the syncretic use of both painting and printmaking to explore ideas about the black body. She constructs depictions of predominantly female bodies using a combination of sewn, printed and painted materials, traversing different artistic and craft traditions. The formal and conceptual aspects of Self’s work seek to expand her critical inquiry into selfhood and human flourishing. Solo exhibitions by Tschabalala Self include EMMA – Espoo Museum of Art, Espoo, FI (2024); Swiss Institute, New York, NY, US (2024); CC Strombeek, Grimbergen, BE (2023); Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen, CH (2023); Le Consortium, Dijon, FR (2022); Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD, US (2021); ICA, Boston, MA, US (2020); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, US (2019); Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA, US (2019); Yuz Museum, Shanghai, CN (2018); Tramway, Glasgow, UK (2017); and Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London, UK (2017).

photo: James O. Jenkins/GLA

Alison Jacques announces the representation of Alison Wilding

March 7, 2024

Alison Wilding is one of Britain’s foremost sculptors, known for her mostly abstract sculptures made with a wide range of materials and processes. Wilding’s first solo exhibition with the gallery will open in September this year.

Alison Wilding’s sculpture has challenged expectations since she first rose to prominence as part of the “New British Sculpture” in the 1980s. Over five decades, Wilding’s work – characterised by her particular manipulation of materials – continues to evolve and test boundaries. By combining both ancient and modern materials, her sculptures create conversations across time and space, producing new experiences of viewership in the present.

“Sometimes it’s the material that feels wrong that is the correct thing to use, because it’s more interesting, or tells you something that you didn’t know before” - Wilding

Wilding’s first major solo exhibition was at the Serpentine Gallery, London in 1985, and her first international solo exhibition was at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1987. Wilding was elected to the UK’s Royal Academy in 1999, and was awarded an OBE for her services to art in 2014.

photo © Toby Coulson

Simon Hantaï

March 6, 2024

“when I’m folding, I am objective and that allows me to forget myself”

Palmer Gallery opens in London’s Lisson Grove

March 5, 2024

Founded by Lucas Giles and Will Hainsworth in 2024, Palmer Gallery is a space dedicated to identifying and developing the strongest emerging artistic talent of today. The gallery is situated in London’s Lisson Grove, in a 1000 ft2 former-factory built in the 1920’s by the Palmer Tyre Company, who produced parts for the Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster Bombers during The Second World War.

The gallery programme focuses on cross-disciplinary artists working across painting, sculpture, video, performance, light and sound installation, creating an immersive exhibition space. This multi-sensory approach embraces a holistic view of contemporary art while championing an institutional dedication to framing and contextualising complex artistic practices. Palmer Gallery’s core mission is to allow artists to express themselves and thrive in an open, supportive and experimental environment; fostering a culture of creative freedom and connection among the gallery’s artists and the wider community.

The gallery’s inaugural exhibition, Field of Difference, a group presentation featuring eleven emerging artists, will be on view from 8 March until 6 April.

Bernard Frize now represented by Marian Goodman

February 27, 2024

Marian Goodman Gallery announces the representation of Bernard Frize.

Bernard Frize was born in 1949 in Saint-Mandé, France. He lives and works in Berlin, Germany. For the past 45 years Frize has developed a singular practice that has continuously questioned the role of the artist and the act of painting itself. By working serially, and according to restrictive measures and protocols, Frize has released himself from subjectivity and allowed a self-generative framework to take shape and evolve over time, from one series to the next. 

For Frize, the basic elements of painting (paint, brush, canvas), alongside its sensual and intellectual pursuits, are sublimated according to a pre-determined methodology, and are ultimately concealed by the process of its making, or as Frize concedes, “the method has disappeared under the conditions of its realization.”

The artist's inaugural exhibition with the gallery will be in November 2024 in Los Angeles.

David Zwirner announces representation of Emma McIntyre

David Zwirner is pleased to announce the representation of New Zealand–born and Los Angeles–based painter Emma McIntyre in collaboration with Château Shatto. In the fall of 2023, McIntyre’s work was the subject of a celebrated solo presentation, An echo, a stain, at David Zwirner’s 34 East 69th Street location in New York. An exhibition of the artist’s work is planned for David Zwirner’s Hong Kong gallery.

McIntyre creates vivid abstractions imbued with chromatic and gestural energy. Instinctual yet deeply considered, her canvases explore the material and alchemical possibilities of painting. Employing oils and unconventional substances, like resin and oxidized iron, the artist juxtaposes boldly painted strokes, swaths of vibrant color, and hints of figurative imagery in her atmospheric canvases. McIntyre pairs chance-based, intuitive processes with a repertoire of motifs and compositional strategies gleaned from a close study of art history, synthesizing a range of impulses and motifs—from the aesthetic sensibilities of Renaissance and rococo artists such as Piero della Francesca and Jean-Antoine Watteau to the formal techniques, conceptual structures, and iconography of twentieth-century painters, including Helen Frankenthaler, Sigmar Polke, and Cy Twombly—and reformulating these divergent threads into a fresh and unbridled mode of painting that is uniquely her own.

photo: Brad Torchia

Joan Snyder joins Thaddaeus Ropac

February 23, 2024

It has been announced that American artist Joan Snyder has joined Thaddaeus Ropac, who will represent her in Europe and Asia in collaboration with Canada gallery. Her first solo exhibition with Thaddaeus Ropac will be in November 2024 at the gallery’s London space.

“Joan Snyder's important contribution to the field of American abstraction from the 1970s onwards is distinguished by her intuition for fearless mark making and composition. The unmistakable qualities of her painterly gesture forcefully communicate the joys, pains and beauty of being alive in the world. Her practice over the course of nearly six decades has remained steadfast to a deeply felt truth.” - Thaddaeus Ropac​​

Fuelling abstraction with biography, Joan Snyder consciously works against the male-dominated conventions of Minimalism, Abstract Expressionism and Colour Field painting, which were prevalent in the New York art scene into which she emerged in the 1970s. Building a vocabulary of recurring personal motifs – from roses and breasts, to ponds and mud, totems, screaming faces, grapes, scrawled words, cherry trees and moons, pumpkins and sunflowers – she pushes the formal possibilities of paint while developing a complex materiality through an additive process of collaged materials.

Joan Snyder’s oeuvre is structured around three main groups of work: the Stroke paintings, Symphony paintings and Field paintings. While the Stroke paintings explore the ‘anatomy of a painting’ through brightly coloured bars that dance across her canvases, the Symphony paintings assert the fundamental influence of music in her artmaking. In turn, uniting the thematic with the formal and symbolic, her Field paintings depict the agricultural landscapes she encountered upon relocating from New York to more rural surroundings in the mid-1980s. Her all-over treatment of the canvas establishes a creative field in which she sows her imagery, colours and gestures to fuse formal experimentation with ideas of mythical and personal cyclical renewal.

“Joan Snyder’s paintings create a field that implies we are in the landscape rather than apart from it... Both abstract and representational. Both pretty and aggressive. Both layered and flat. Both composed and improvisational. Both observational and invented. An instance of a human consciousness, trying to make sense of itself in the world.” - Helen Molesworth

For six decades Snyder has reimagined the narrative potential of abstraction through her paintings, drawings and printmaking. Her works are held in major institutional collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, IL; Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA; The Jewish Museum, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and Tate Modern, London, among others.

Outset announces recipients of five awards

February 21, 2024

Outset has announced the recipients of five awards in Cycle V of the charity’s major arts funding programme, Outset Partners.

In its fifth cycle of funding, the programme has awarded a total of £235,000 across a range of agenda-setting museums, galleries and organisations to support challenging new art projects with a demonstrable transformative aspect for the creative sector.

The main Transformative Award has been granted to the Stellenbosch Triennale, which takes public art in the historic South African town to new heights in terms of its international reach, the scope and variety of the art to be showcased, as well as its intention to place creativity in critical dialogue with society.

Additionally, £25,000 Impact Awards have been given to:

- Yinka Shonibare Foundation/Guest Artists Space, ‘Re:assemblages’, programming inspired by an archive of African publications to support new published work by diverse artists and writers

- Art Gallery of York University, ‘At the Transit Bar’, a visiting curator series enabling cross-cultural research and exchange across Canada and the rest of the world

- arebyte Plugin, a tool for digital exhibition-making and curatorial practice

- STORE STORE Build, an after-school programme for young people to build a new community space in Hackney

Established in 2018, Outset Partners is a dynamic collective of international philanthropists who work together to meet the evolving needs of the global cultural sector. The group is facilitated by a Research and Strategy Lead for each cycle, who crafts a framework for Outset Partners’ decision-making, supporting their uniquely iterative and consensus-driven approach to funding transformation in the arts.

Made on Market Street

February 15, 2024

Gagosian, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Los Angeles

David Zwirner announces representation of Raymond Saunders

February 7, 2024

David Zwirner today announces the co-representation of American artist Raymond Saunders with Andrew Kreps Gallery.

Saunders brings together extensive formal training with his own observations and lived experience. His assemblage-style paintings frequently begin with a monochromatic black ground elaborated with white chalk - both a pointed reversal of the traditional figure-ground relationship and a nod to Saunders’s decades spent as a teacher. He subsequently adds a range of other markings, materials, and talismans. Expressionistic swaths of paint, minimalist motifs, line drawings, and passages of vibrant color tangle with found objects, signs, and doors collected from his urban environment, creating unexpected visual rhymes and resonances that reward careful and sustained looking. At once deliberately constructed and improvisatory, didactic and deeply felt, these richly built surfaces conjure the fullness of life, and its complications, allowing for a vast and nuanced multiplicity of meanings.

Born in 1934 in Pittsburgh, Saunders studied art in the city’s public schools, participating in a program for artistically gifted students. His mentor, Joseph C. Fitzpatrick, the director of art for Pittsburgh public schools, also taught artists including Andy Warhol, Philip Pearlstein, and Mel Bochner. Through Fitzpatrick’s support and encouragement, Saunders earned a scholarship to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, also taking courses at the Barnes Foundation organized through the University of Pennsylvania, before returning to Pittsburgh and earning his BFA from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1960. He subsequently earned an MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland in 1961. In 1968, he accepted a teaching position at California State University, Hayward, eventually joining the faculty of his alma mater (now California College of the Arts), where he remains professor emeritus.

A two-part solo exhibition curated by Ebony L. Haynes will open on February 22 at David Zwirner’s 519 and 525 West 19th Street galleries in Chelsea and Andrew Kreps’s gallery at 22 Cortlandt Alley in Tribeca. Titled “Post No Bills” and including paintings and works on paper - many never before been seen - this exhibition covers four decades of Saunders’ work and offers visitors insight into his singular and influential practice. 

photo: Anthony Barboza, courtesy Anthony Barboza and Getty Images

Maximillian William now represents Emii Alrai

February 5, 2024

Maximillian William is delighted to announce the representation of Emii Alrai (b. 1993, Blackpool, UK). Alrai’s work spans material investigation in relation to memory, critique of the western museological structure, and the complexity of ruins. Working primarily in sculpture and installation, her work operates as large-scale realms built in relation to bodies of research which concern archaeology and the natural environments objects are excavated from. Weaving in oral histories, inherited nostalgia, and the details of language to question the rigidity of Empire and the power of hierarchy to interpolate the static presence of history. Clay vessels, gypsum forms, and steel armatures punctuate the labyrinth-like spaces Alrai creates, mimicking museum dioramas and romanticised visions of the past.

Alrai’s solo exhibition ‘Lithics’ opened at Quench in Margate on 3 February. Her first solo exhibition with the gallery will take place in July 2024.

photo: Sophie Okonkwo

Dr. Esther Mahlangu at the 2024 Venice Biennale

Almine Rech is pleased to announce that Dr. Esther Mahlangu has been selected to participate in the 60th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, Stranieri Ovunque - Foreigners Everywhere curated by Adriano Pedrosa, which opens to the public on April 20 until November 24, 2024.

Dr. Esther Mahlangu is globally acclaimed for her bright and bold abstract paintings with vivid, geometric patterns that are rooted in Ndebele artistic tradition, a South African community. She was a disruptor from an early age, becoming the first person to reimagine Ndebele visual artistic tradition, historically used for decorating houses, on painting media like canvas.

Dr. Mahlangu has spent more than seven decades practicing her technique and has traveled extensively to collaborate with the world's most respected museums, galleries, curators, art fairs, celebrities, and global brands. These high-profile collaborations have generated much positive critic and other exposure and Dr. Mahlangu has developed an almost pop icon status of her own with a strong following among the celebrity crowd who have acquired her work for their collections (Oprah Winfrey, Usher, John Legend, Trevor Noah, David Bowie and Oman, Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys, Black Coffee, and others).
Although part of a cultural tradition, Esther Mahlangu has radically changed the media and techniques used. In addition to using industrial pigments and colors, the artist has applied these lines and geometric patterns to new surfaces, including sculptures, ceramics, automobiles, and even airplanes.

In 1991 she became the first woman and first African to participate in the BMW Art Car Collection alongside other prominent figures such as Andy Warhol, David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, and Frank Stella.

photo: Clint Strydom

Olga de Amaral and Carmen Herrera at the 2024 Venice Biennale

Lisson Gallery is delighted to share that Olga de Amaral and Carmen Herrera are among the artists included in the 60th International Art Exhibition ‘Stranieri Ovunque - Foreigners Everywhere’ at La Biennale di Venezia, curated by Adriano Pedrosa.

Opening to the public on 20 April, The Exhibition will take place in the Central Pavilion (Giardini) and in the Arsenale, with two sections: the Nucleo Contemporaneo and the Nucleo Storico. As a guiding principle, the Biennale Arte 2024 has favoured artists who have never participated in the International Exhibition. Special attention is being given to outdoor projects, both in the Arsenale and in the Giardini, where a performance program will activate the pre-opening and closing weekend of the 60th Exhibition.

The title ‘Stranieri Ovunque - Foreigners Everywhere’ is drawn from a series of works started in 2004 by the Paris-born and Palermo-based Claire Fontaine collective. The works consist of neon sculptures in different colours that render in a growing number of languages the words “Foreigners Everywhere”. The phrase comes, in turn, from the name of a Turin collective who fought racism and xenophobia in Italy in the early 2000s.

“The expression Stranieri Ovunque”, explains Adriano Pedrosa “has several meanings. First of all, that wherever you go and wherever you are you will always encounter foreigners— they/we are everywhere. Secondly, that no matter where you find yourself, you are always truly, and deep down inside, a foreigner.”

Carl Andre (1935-2024)

January 29, 2024

Carl Andre, one of the most influential pioneers of Minimalist sculpture, has died at 88.

Andre helped establish the terms of Minimalism, which shifted the focus of art in the 1960s away from the heroic gestures of Abstract Expressionism toward rudimentary forms and industrial materials. He was best known for his floor pieces - tile-like squares of zinc, copper, steel, aluminum and other metals arranged into larger squares or triangles, meant to be walked on so they could be experienced bodily as well as visually.

His experience working blue collar jobs and the aesthetics of industrial design had a deep impact on his art, and along with Sol Lewitt and Donald Judd, Andre helped define the early Minimalist movement. His straightforward arrangements of factory-cut wood, bricks, and other raw materials changed the framework of how sculpture is seen and made today. “Art is the exclusion of the unnecessary”, he once declared.

Born on September 16, 1935 in Quincy, MA, he went on to study at the Phillips Academy in Andover, MA where he met and befriended the artist Frank Stella. Andre’s personal life had been under scrutiny since the death of his wife, the artist Ana Mendieta, in 1985, for which he was arrested but ultimately acquitted of all charges. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Tate Gallery in London, among others.

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