November 18, 2020
Under Yesomi Umolu’s direction, the Serpentine will develop editorial and educational content for exhibitions, events and other curatorial initiatives, aimed at making Serpentine programmes more inclusive and accessible to all audiences, both physical and digital. Umolu will take up the role in January 2021.
Yesomi Umolu is currently Director and Curator, Logan Center Exhibitions at the University of Chicago, where she leads an ambitious programme of international contemporary art. Umolu also teaches courses in contemporary visual art and spatial practices as lecturer in the humanities division. The creation of this new position is at the head of the Serpentine’s efforts to centre audience experience and civic engagement in its curatorial mission.
November 16, 2020
Gretchen Andrew is a self-proclaimed Internet Imperialist artist. Best known for her playful hacks on major art world institutions, Andrew’s current practice involves actively reprogramming the artificial intelligence underlying the global internet. Gretchen Andrew was born in 1988 in Los Angeles. She trained in London with the artist Billy Childish from 2012-2017. The artist will have her first exhibition, Other Forms of Travel, at the gallery’s London new exhibition space in February 2021. Her work is currently on view in Future News at the Monterey Museum, US marking the artist’s first solo museum exhibition.
November 12, 2020
Almine Rech has announced the representation of Chinese contemporary artist Huang Yuxing in the United States, Europe, and the United Kingdom, and his inaugural solo exhibition at Almine Rech Brussels in June 2021. Huang Yuxing (b. 1975, Beijing) is widely recognized among his generation for his dexterous ability to create paintings that reflect and preserve the process of their creation.
Originally scheduled to go on display at the Collection's London hub this month, the artworks will now be for sale online from 11 November to 25 December 2020, with proceeds going directly to Women + Health, a Camden based health charity that helps isolated and vulnerable women, including those who are survivors of domestic violence and rape, to overcome their multiple health challenges. A special online launch event will take place on 11 November at 7pm, including talks by art historian Frances Borzello, psychotherapist and writer Susie Orbach, and Zabudowicz Collection Director Elizabeth Neilson. The online exhibition is curated by Frances Borzello, and Women + Health trustees Cass Wedd and Lesia Haliv.
November 6, 2020
Through meticulous technique and an acute sensitivity to color, Juszkiewicz engineers strangeness without compromising the aesthetic harmony of the images from which she works. Classical in method but subversive in intent, her paintings eerily deconstruct ideals of feminine beauty and other societal clichés. Juszkiewicz’s first solo exhibition with the gallery will be on view through the storefront windows of Gagosian Park & 75, New York, twenty-four hours a day from 17 November, 2020.
November 3, 2020
Taking place on Friday 6 November at 7pm GMT, The Museum + Gallery of Everything invite you to an exclusive talk and screening of Beyond the Visible - the documentary on Swedish mediumistic artist, Hilma af Klint. A conversation with Iris Müller-Westermann - original curator of the Hilma af Klint retrospective - along with the film's director, Halina Dyrschka, will precede the screening. The conversation will recall the origins of the discovery of the oeuvre of Hilma at Klint, and the process of bringing it into the public consciousness. It will also discuss the phenomenal success of subsequent exhibitions in London and New York and how that popular fame has impacted the genre.
On view through December 12, 2020, The Fall Salon: Icons Through the Ages features masterworks of art, design, and antiquities spanning from 2600 B.C. to 2000 A.D.
This is the second presentation from Sélavy by Di Donna, a shoppable online salon of art and design with a storefront vitrine in Southampton, New York. The Fall Salon is available to explore and purchase instantly online and in person at 30 Jobs Lane in Southampton.
October 29, 2020
The Maria Lassnig Foundation and the Serpentine Galleries announced today, 29 October, that the 2021 Prize has been awarded to UK-based Ghanaian artist Atta Kwami, known for his paintings, murals and kiosk-sculptures that are conceived as expanded three-dimensional paintings, incorporating his signature use of colour and abstract painting style. The artist will receive a major grant and a project with Serpentine Galleries, the institutional partner for the 2021 Maria Lassnig Prize.
Awarded biennially to a mid-career artist in association with an international institutional partner, Atta Kwami is the third artist to be granted the Maria Lassnig Prize, following Cathy Wilkes, in partnership with MoMA PS1, New York (2017), and Sheela Gowda, in partnership with Lenbachhaus, Munich (2019).
Atta Kwami’s project with Serpentine – a comprehensive monograph publication and a public art commission – will be launched in 2022.
October 28, 2020
Crews-Chubb (b. 1984, Northampton, England) is known for his vibrant collage-based works, which deconstruct symbols, archetypes and motifs taken from over a millennium of Western and Eastern painting, craft and sculpture.
Visually echoing the labyrinthine accretions of art history, Crews-Chubb hand-paints layered surfaces composed of canvas and fabric, encrusted with heavy impasto, charcoal drawing and graffiti. His work frequently challenges the traditional vocabulary of classical painting, as in his solo presentation Flowers with the gallery at Frieze Online in May, which featured savagely torn paintings of flowers inspired by van Gogh's Sunflowers series.
October 27, 2020
Caguiat’s idiosyncratic style is informed by varied fields including science fiction literature, the baroque-folk hybrid aesthetic of early Filipino Catholic Santos, 60s psychedelia, les Nabis, Ukiyo-E, urban graphic art and the historical legacy of Manga. In scale and format his paintings can be read like murals and landscapes, and while not narrative, have a reverential or devotional purpose akin to a fresco. Born in 1989 in Tokyo, Japan, Caguiat now lives and works in New York City.
October 23, 2020
Available now for 48 hours only, Rachel Whiteread’s new work Untitled (Pinboard) is cast from a studio bulletin board that holds images, notes, sketches, and other information. Whiteread has likened this type of visual arrangement to “looking out of a window.” In sculptures such as this, her use of casting subverts the technique’s usual role as a replicative process; the works differ from their originals and bear the haptic traces of human intervention, evoking narratives and memories belonging to the source objects.
The Gallery Climate Coalition (GCC) is a non-profit organisation founded by a group of gallerists and professionals working in the arts as an attempt to develop a meaningful and industry-specific response to the growing climate crisis. The GCC is actively recruiting galleries, art workers and artists to join the coalition and work towards its core goal of collectively reducing carbon emissions by 50% over the next ten years (in line with the Paris Agreement), as well as promoting near zero-waste practices.
October 22, 2020
As the only gallery working with Nicola L., the partnership between Alison Jacques and the Nicola L. Collection and Archive provides an invaluable opportunity to further enhance the profile of the L.’s pioneering work and foreground underexposed aspects of the artist’s prolific practice. Born in 1932 in Mazagan, Morocco, L. relocated to Paris in 1954 to study abstract painting at the prestigious École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. By the time she rose to prominence in the mid-1960s, she had developed an ambitious interdisciplinary practice that spanned performance, film and collage, as well as the better-known interactive sculptures. But in spite of her technical dexterity, Nicola L. maintained an unwavering commitment to the global feminist movement and the political potential of the collective. The first project will be an exhibition of Nicola L.’s work from the 1960s and 1970s including many previously unseen series, scheduled to open in 2021.
October 20, 2020
Located in the heart of the Marais district, at 4 Passage Sainte-Avoye in the 3rd arrondissement, Lévy Gorvy Paris will open on 22 October with Günther Uecker: Lichtbogen, the artist's first solo exhibition in Paris since 1968. Lichtbogen constitutes a dramatic development in the master’s seven-decade practice with a monumental new body of works, the first of their kind.
October 13, 2020
In a unique edition of the prize and in recognition of the unprecedented challenges that all museums face this year, five winning museums have been named. They will equally share the £200,000 award, a 40% rise over previous years, receiving £40,000 each.
The winning museums are: Aberdeen Art Gallery (Aberdeen, Scotland); Gairloch Museum (Gairloch, Scotland); Science Museum (London, England); South London Gallery (London, England); and Towner Eastbourne (Eastbourne, England).
During his six-decades long career, Bowling’s relentless pursuit of excellence in painting underpins a lifetime of service to British art. At age 86, he still is an active painter with an irrepressible work ethic, working in his South London studio almost every day. Now represented by Hauser & Wirth, his first solo exhibition with the gallery is set to open in London in May 2021.
The Birthday Honours list recognises the achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people across the United Kingdom.
October 1, 2020
Over the past sixty years Dame Paula Rego RA (b. 1935) has established herself as one of the most important figurative artists of her generation. Rego explores themes of power, rebellion, sexuality and gender, grief and poverty, often through female paragons. Her work ranges from painting, pastel, and prints to sculptural installations. Cristea Roberts Gallery will include the artist’s important body of prints in a solo exhibition in Autumn 2021 as well as its ongoing programme of art fairs and catalogue publications, bringing this vital element of her practice to a wider international audience.
Featuring works by Emily Allchurch, Anish Kapoor, Karen Knorr, Miyu Kurihara, John Riddy and Othello De’Souza-Hartley, the initiative will raise vital funds to help Pitzhanger’s recovery at this time of need, supporting its recent reopening, and future learning and outreach programmes.
September 22, 2020
The International Center of Photography (ICP) Museum at Essex Crossing will reopen by timed entry on Thursday 1 October with four exhibitions that address this tumultuous time, marked by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, economic and political crises, and the rise of antiracist and antiauthoritarian movements around the world: #ICPConcerned: Global Images for Global Crisis, COVID New York: Five ICP Alumni, George Georgiou: Americans Parade, and Tyler Mitchell: I Can Make You Feel Good.