Stephen Anthony Davids (also known as S.A.D) is a contemporary London artist who explores black identity and history through his re-appropriation of objects brought to life through his colourful, often humorous and strong graphic paintings, drawing and sculpture. By sourcing, repurposing and leasing new life into historic objects, such as Victorian ledger sheets, he creates artworks that sparks an exciting dialogue, through which we are allowed glimpses into his brilliant and unique mind.
Stephen's work explores subjects as diverse as slavery, gentrification and the Windrush scandal, through to 'East End masculinity', social mobility and the natural hair movement all against the ever-changing backdrop of his beloved London home.
In his 'Ledger' series, Stephen toured the UK searching for Victorian ledgers, buying them at car boot sales and from old stately homes. On many of the works he uses humorous anecdotes that juxtapose white middle class Britain and traditional black cultures.
Stephen's artistic influences include Jean Michel-Basquiat, Keith Haring and David Shrigley.
For this exhibition Stephen and the 508 Gallery have come together to showcase his work on the Kings Road for the very first time. Choosing to exhibit his work in South- West London is their tongue-in-cheek commentary on the gentrification of the area as well as a positive celebration of London's mix of diverse communities.
508 Gallery Programme Highlights
Stephen Anthony Davids
29th May – 8th June
East Londoner and distinctive visual graphic artist, Stephen Anthony Davids brings a collection of his everyday observations to the 508 Gallery, shown on a diverse range of materials, including historical ledgers and reclaimed wood.
5th - 20th September
Graham Ibbeson, also known as ‘The People’s Sculptor’ exhibits at the 508 Gallery for the first viewing of his private work. As well as showing a range of his sculptures, Ibbeson will be showing 20 limited edition William Webb Ellis statues which have been stamped with the Rugby World Cup 2019 official stamp.
Inside the naturally-lit lobby of 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok, a gigantic artwork by Thai National Artist of the Year 2014 Panya Vijinthanasarn stops you in your tacks. Titled ‘Auspicious Path’, the oversize oeuvre is a colourful representation of the Tribhumi (Three Planes of Existence), the three worlds of karmic cycles and rebirths in the Theravada Buddhist Cosmology. Paintings and sculptures by other well-known local artists dot the public areas and rooms, signalling your arrival in this vibrant city and a luxury boutique hotel that takes art seriously.
As part of their brand standard, 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts properties offer timeless experiences that involve music, fashion, art culture and history with a personal guest interaction. Earlier this year the Art Rotation Series was launched, which brings some of the hottest names from the Kingdom’s art world to the hotel through curated exhibitions that rotate every two months.
Now a new creative initiative inspires a deeper exploration and a more intimate participation in the Bangkok art scene with the newly launched Private Art Tour by 137 Pillars. The tour is the first of its kind in the city and is exclusively curated by Bangkok’s top art guru Panu Boonpipattanapong (Eddie) for the hotel. It invites guests with a heart for art to dive deeper into the local art scene with special access to locations most travellers never see. Tours are conducted privately for a couple, or up to four persons maximum if joining with friends. The tours are also available for non-hotel guests, subject to availability.
Art is not about trends or fashions, but how we value and interpret each artists’ work and the stories and thoughts behind them. Bangkok’s art scene is a unique multi-hued palette of the different movements, bouncing from Expressionism to Abstract, Conceptual, Pop Art and much more, that attracts both local as well as renowned artists. The Private Art Tour by 137 Pillars opens the door to another fascinating dimension of the city.
From collectors in search of their next masterpiece, newbies wanting to take the plunge, or tourists looking for an invaluable insight into the local art scene, The Private Art Tour by 137 Pillars is suitable for anyone with an interest in the fine arts.
A respected columnist and author on the intersection of art, design, film, and popular culture, art guru Eddie accompanies guests on the tour giving them valuable information and insights about the artists and their works. The experience includes private visits to the homes of artists and collectors, galleries, fun workshops at select locations around the city, and a gourmet 137 Pillars picnic basket to enjoy en-route. No tour is the same as each one is specially curated to ensure access to the best of the best on the date of booking.
The private visits to the ateliers and personal meetings with significant art players, in addition to art guru Eddie’s unique take on the city’s art scene will not only leave guests wanting more, but also create a lifetime of memories.
Eddie the 137 Pillars Art Guru:
Writer and columnist Panu Boonpipattanapong (Eddie) is passionate about the intersection of art, design and film. He contributes to local newspapers and magazines such as Matichon Weekly, GQ Thailand, and The Jam Mag, as well as digital media outlets such as The Matter, and The MOMENTUM. His book “Art Is Art, Art Is Not Art” was recently published by Salmonbooks.
The 137 Pillars Private Art Tour package and includes the following
The package is priced from THB 46,500 (USD1,471) and is subject to applicable service charge and government taxes. Rates are based on double or twin occupancy with an additional supplement for additional person. A 7-day advance booking is required and additional nights are available at best available rate for extended stays. 137 Pillars Suites is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH).
Guests not staying at 137 Pillars Suites & Residences can book the tour, subject to availability at a price of Baht 15,000 (USD475) per couple and also invite friends at an additional cost of Baht 1,500 (USD48) per person when sharing the same transport, with a maximum of four persons per tour. Prices are subject to applicable service charge and government taxes.
Video Clip of Art Tour
For reservations and enquiries, please contact 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok
Tel: +66 2079 7000
Website: www.137pillarsbangok.com or www.slh.com/pillarsbangkok
TWO OF SOUTH AFRICA’S LEADING ART INSTITUTIONS TO HOST LARGEST WILLIAM KENTRIDGE EXHIBITION IN AFRICA
The largest exhibition to be held in Africa in over a decade by internationally acclaimed artist William Kentridge is set to open in Cape Town in August. The major exhibition of his work will be hosted simultaneously in two parts by the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) and Norval Foundation, opening 24 August and running through to March 2020.
Local art enthusiasts and international visitors to Cape Town – a fast-growing cultural capital – will gain access to many different works, executed over decades, by William Kentridge in two of the city’s leading art institutions at the same time, with the artist’s Why Should I Hesitate? Putting Drawings To Work on display at Zeitz MOCAA and Why Should I Hesitate? Sculpture on view at Norval Foundation.
Why Should I Hesitate? Putting Drawings To Work, will be staged at Zeitz MOCAA and will offer a wide survey of Kentridge’s work, including early works, as well as newer pieces on view for the first time in South Africa. It will cover over 40 years of artistic production (1976 - 2019) in drawing, stop-frame animation, video, prints, sculpture, tapestry, and large-scale installation. The title references Kentridge’s primary practice of drawing, and how this core activity informs and enables his studio practice. It also references the impact of individual action on history and the reverse – how history shapes the contemporary and the future – and works as a commentary on various shifting hegemonies of power politics, economies, language and the authority to narrate history.
“This large scale survey exhibition prompts us to consider how various artistic media, initiated from two-dimensional works on paper, can be seeds through which Kentridge has developed his concerns for history, particularly in relation to his home continent, Africa, and its historical ties further afield. By mapping these histories we consider the artist’s relationship to the world and ideas of self-actualisation, and the illusions of power and progress through a violent history. Kentridge’s work, while ambiguous, does not hide from its inherent traumatic history. It is an honour for me to work with one of the living masters of our time,” says Azu Nwagbogu, curator of the exhibition at Zeitz MOCAA.
“As I begin my tenure, it is an intense joy to host an unprecedented survey show of one of the great masters of contemporary visual political poetry,” says Koyo Kouoh, Executive Director and Chief Curator at Zeitz MOCAA.
Why Should I Hesitate? Sculpture, will be on view at Norval Foundation, and will present three-dimensional work of William Kentridge from the past 19 years. This will be the first exhibition internationally to address Kentridge’s output as a sculptor. Covering several bodies of work, and testifying to his longstanding and spontaneous improvisation when handling three-dimensional form, Why Should I Hesitate? Sculpture sees the origins of these works in props from his operas and images from his animations stepping off the stage and out of the screen, confronting us directly at ground level. Why Should I Hesitate? Sculpture will also premiere new works commissioned for the occasion of this special exhibition.
“Norval Foundation is presenting, for the first time, an exhibition focused solely on William Kentridge’s sculptural practice, working in conjunction with the artist and his studio. Kentridge’s sculptures embrace a spontaneous approach and have recently evolved towards the massive, and the monumental. Simultaneously, and in tension to the monumental aspects of his practice, he is revealed to be a choreographer as much as a sculptor,” says Karel Nel, Senior Advising Curator at Norval Foundation.
“Norval Foundation is proud to be hosting Why Should I Hesitate? Sculpture. A key aspect of the Foundation is our commitment to exhibiting the sculptural and installation based practices of a variety of artists, which is facilitated by our purpose-designed building. In particular, we invite artists and curators to respond to gallery eight, our largest gallery, with William Kentridge’s exhibition exemplifying this. The gallery has reinforced floors to support works that weigh as much as eight tons, and reach as high as nine metres. The monumental size of this gallery sits in an ideal contrast to the anti-monumental, spontaneous and theatrical sculptures that form part of this exhibition,” says Elana Brundyn, CEO, Norval Foundation.
Both exhibitions will include major works from Kentridge’s extensive oeuvre, and will be accompanied by two new publications, conceived in collaboration between Zeitz MOCAA, Norval Foundation and the artist. The exhibitions will be accompanied by a series of talks and performances with the artist, and leading voices in the cultural sector.
A series of member events and public programmes will be held across both venues over the opening weekend, Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 August 2019.
Exhibition title: Why Should I Hesitate? Putting Drawings To Work
Venue: Level 3 Galleries and throughout, Zeitz MOCAA; Silo District, V&A Waterfront
Run dates: 25 August 2019 – 23 March 2020
Exhibition curators: Azu Nwagbogu, assisted by Tammy Langtry
Exhibition title: Why Should I Hesitate? Sculpture
Venue: Atrium and Galleries 2-8, Norval Foundation, 4 Steenberg Road, Tokai
Run dates: 24 August 2019 – 23 March 2020
Exhibition curators: Karel Nel, Owen Martin, Talia Naicker, Vicky Lekone
An exhibition by Li Tianbing at JD Malat Gallery
Thursday 2nd May - Saturday 15th June
Chinese artist Li Tianbing brings his unique visual language to JD Malat Gallery in London Thursday 2nd May - Saturday 15th June, communicated through his exciting new exhibition URBAN SCENE. The paintings are characterized by vivid expressions and bold and vigorous outlines, constructed through a fusion of Eastern and Western artistic techniques.
Li Tianbing alludes to “the living dilemma” and the humanitarian crisis as his inspirations behind “URBAN SCENE.” His fascination with the forces of conflict and confrontation have fuelled this attempt at discussing what he refers to as the human’s living condition. Bing’s diverse cultural background and experiences have informed his understanding of global conflicts, from violence, wealth disparity and psychological imbalance in China, to immigration in Europe and the battle between multicultural political correctness and conservatism in the US.
Specifically, Bing refers to the “foul and evil-foreboding air” felt in China upon recent visits, brought about by the booming economy increasing the gap between the rich and the poor, causing psychological imbalance. This in effect, gives a voice in the discussion of conflict to those psychologically marginalised in society by ideologies of power and wealth. His exploration of marginalisation and loneliness is multifaceted; Bing explores the present through the urban series which expresses the actuality of conflict and confrontation, while the children’s series explores the loneliness of his childhood memory.
Bing expresses feelings of fragmentation and the visual discontinuity during the conflict through his brushstrokes. Much of Bing’s work is reflective of his early experience of solitude in a highly political society. The juxtaposition of fiction and reality portray the psychological effects of China’s one-child policy and replicates his imagined childhood, serving as a self-healing process to the artist as he re-lives and alters the memory of his childhood.
For Bing, the creative process constantly varies; “The time to finish each work is different, sometimes it can be executed very fast in one day, some time it take months, as I need to work again and again on the same surface to get the effect of accumulation of arrangements on the canvas.” Bing uses Chinese traditional painting, a technique he has practiced since the age of 8, and his oil painting is particularly influenced by the more impressionist Xieyi style. Bing works very rapidly as he needs to work when the oil is still wet, scratching the surface of the oil paint in the same way he would with a big brush in ink. This fusion of Eastern and Western techniques is another dimension through which his ideas of universal conflict are communicated, and further represent his ongoing advancement of the “self” as his techniques are ever changing. Bing asserts that his favorite piece from Urban Scene is “always the next one,” his forward facing approach fuels the ever changing nature of his techniques and further reflects his self healing process as he continues to alter the past and present through his imagination. Bing notes that he challenged himself with finding an innovative way to paint to accommodate his new subject, and that this is the first time he will show the whole new series in Europe, and describes the style as somewhat of a continuation of futurism.
URBAN SCENE by Li Tianbing
Thursday 2nd May - Saturday 15th June
JD Malat Gallery, 30 Davies Street, Mayfair W1K 4NB
MAY 4 - JUNE 28, 2019
Opening on Saturday, May 4, Tillou Fine Art will present In Flux, an exhibition of ethereal new works by gallery artists Kim Keever and Edwina White. The works in the exhibition are united by an energetic, otherworldly quality. Keever’s photographs, which sit at the intersection of photography and painting, realism and abstraction, share a synergy with White’s brand new series of paintings, which envision delicately realized, esoteric forms in a curious, cosmic field.
Kim Keever is well-known for creating strange and atmospheric photographic images by pouring paint into a 200-gallon water tank and then photographing the colors as they disperse and meld, creating images that evoke earthly clouds while also remaining abstract and alien. The works are mysterious and ephemeral, creating a nuanced and dreamlike space that bridges the real and surreal.
Edwina White’s new abstract works mark an exciting development in her practice. Well-known for illustrating whimsical figures while toying with the surreal, i.e. a woman made of birds in flight, this new series embraces the unsettling resemblance of life forms. The works catapult fully into the realm of the imagination, manifesting amalgams of fictional objects and natural elements, as if exquisite corpses are floating in outer space. These are secretive yet bold works, hinting at the unknown and of a visceral experience that cannot be directly translated.
In Flux presents Keever and White’s new works in dialogue with one another, exposing both artists ideas of an invented world, provoked by the subconscious. Each an exciting pulse of color, mystery, and majesty, In Flux invites viewers to explore both bodies of work, and to contemplate their own inner universe.
Image on left: Kim Keever, Abstract 30071, Image on right: Edwina White, Flora
Roy’s People Art Fair is excited to present its 4th artist-led fair where public can meet and buy directly from the 85 artists on show. Situated in the heart of London’s South Bank Roy’s People Art Fair is an approachable way to discover a communit
Roy’s People Art Fair is excited to present its 4th artist-led fair where public can meet and buy directly from the 85 artists on show. Situated in the heart of London’s South Bank Roy’s People Art Fair is an approachable way to discover a community of artists
Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, London
4th-7th April 2019
(Private View 4th April 2019 5-8:30pm)
Roy’s people art fair’s first 3 events drew thousands of viewers and buyers in the revolutionary artist- led art fair, pioneered by artists Sam Peacock and Roy Tyson. 85 carefully selected artists will be personally showcasing their pieces to the public during this free four-day event.
‘Roy’s People Art Fair introduces new Live Installation ‘Perception of People’
This unique installation, featured in the entrance hall of the fair, will be created live for our visitors throughout the duration of the event, starting 4th April at the Private View. Various selected artists have been invited to bring their skills and paint live each day, creating their artwork as part of a large mural displaying how different artists perceive the human form.
Tyson and Peacock founded the fair as a platform to offer their invaluable expertise and support to both emerging and established artists as they navigate the art world. Their focus is primarily on developing a community led spirit initiated by artists to connect directly with the public and promote both the artists' and buyers' interests first.
‘Roy’s People Art Fair introduces GreatArt drawing room’
Visit the GreatArt room on Level 2 and get your creative juices flowing. A unique chance to try out your skills as GreatArt setup an entire room for anyone to pick up a pen and add to the walls. Welcoming all ages and abilities to get involved.
“Our fourth instalment of Roy’s People Art Fair will reach new heights with the iconic Bargehouse in OXO Tower Wharf as our chosen location. Thanks to the success of last year, we are now able to extend our support to a wider group of artists and ensure our community provides them with the right knowledge and tools to make the fair a triumph.”
About the founders: Roy Tyson is an urban artist based in Essex. He creates miniature figures, photographs them on the streets, depicting an unknown world beneath our feet. During his professional career he has worked with galleries worldwide as well as with high end corporate clients. royspeople.com
Sam Peacock is an abstract painter who explores the landscape using recycled and industrial materials to document the ever changing effect it has on the planet. Since graduating in 1998, he has been represented by galleries in London, Australia and Germany. He has had several solo shows worldwide and been featured in various international art journals. Sampeacock.com
Address: Bargehouse Oxo Tower Wharf, London SE1. www.oxotower.co.uk
Private View 4th April 2019 5-8:30pm Tickets via website: www.royspeopleartfair.com
Ian Schrager recreates and reinvents the golden age of this world-famous icon for the present
The Times Square EDITION may just be the long overdue and best thing to hit Times Square in over a century. There simply has never been anything like it before in New York City’s famed cultural and entertainment mecca. Ian Schrager, in partnership with Marriott International, introduces a new order with the first chic and sophisticated luxury hotel and the first Michelin-starred chef ever to grace the neighborhood, along with the creation of a new form of Cabaret theater and a complete reinvention of billboard art. But what could be the most important part is a revitalization of Times Square that will attract not just visitors and tourists, but New Yorkers as well, punctuating the area as the City’s epicenter and crossroads of the world...again.
Throughout the decades, Times Square has seen myriad changes and has taken on many iterations. By World War I, it was the center of culture, nightlife and entertainment. By the 40’s and 50’s, the Latin Quarter Nightclub presented festive floor shows that featured chorus girls and can-can dancers, Frank Sinatra, Frankie Laine and the Andrew Sisters. There was Tin Pan Alley, the Copacabana and the Theater District. There was Roseland, Birdland, Ella Fitzgerald, marathon dancing, hot jazz, Doo-Wop and the pop rock of the Brill building as well as the invention of the now gossip columns. It was a democratic “meeting place” and nothing exemplified the disorder of the city or the dichotomy of high and low art than Times Square. Sadly, however, the Great Depression and World War II took its toll on the area and Times Square began its decline. From the 60’s onward, the area was riddled with adult entertainment, prostitution, drugs, and crime. It wasn’t until the mid-80’s when the Marriott Marquis opened its doors and Disney debuted The Lion King at The New Amsterdam Theater that the clean-up began with the redevelopment of new theaters, retail, hotels and eateries.
Despite Times Square’s notorious reputation, it has managed to maintain itself as a symbolic global, geographic and cultural icon. It had long been home to media giants as well as the center for theater, music, culture and entertainment. This adventurous mold-breaking, however, has disappeared. Today, Times Square and its overindulgent commercialization lacks the substance and sex-appeal that once distinguished its streets. It is hungry for a Renaissance and The Times Square EDITION will usher in a new era. The hotel and all of its unique offerings seek to preserve the essence of the area during its Golden Age when it was the microcosm of the best New York City had to offer.
From the moment you enter the hotel’s doors on 20 Times Square at West 47th Street, you are transported to another world—a decompression zone. A long ivory hall with venetian plastered walls and ceiling and a floating custom green mirrored stainless sphere inspired by Anish Kapoor and the colors of Jeff Koons await you. Once you arrive at the Lobby and Lobby Bar, a series of black and white spaces, you are convinced that you are no longer in colorful Times Square anymore. The refined and pristine spaces of The Times Square EDITION are juxtaposed against the energy, vibrancy and chaos of Times Square. Each of these two extremes serves the other yet each stands on its own. But together, something new, original, and even stronger is created. Indeed, with this alchemic symbiosis, a new reality and a virtual fourth dimension is created. As you move in and out continuously, the space becomes boundaryless. This clash of worlds, this surreal sense of space and time is best experienced on the outdoor terraces, appropriately named the Bladerunner Terraces, that frame the various public space floors. On the terrace off the Lobby Bar, you can choose to be in your own private oasis escaping in a cocoon-like area or face the brilliance of flashing light and color of Times Square for the best light show in the world.
Off the Terrace Restaurant, a similar feeling awaits on expansive terraces that were inspired by the L’Orangerie at Jardin des Tuileries in Paris. The outdoor space in totality with thousands of plants, trees and ivy is perhaps the biggest indoor landscaping effort in the country was designed by Madison Cox and is literally, multi-level gardens in the sky. The public space interiors with their rich woods, lush velvets, waxed leathers, polished marbles and smooth metals are combined to create a chic, simple, hip, serene and luxurious setting, an antidote to the hectic life just outside the hotel’s doors.
“The Times Square EDITION is an entirely new lens on Times Square. From an aerie above the hubbub below, you can engage, observe or withdraw. The hotel is an oasis of sophistication brought to you through the insight of the incomparable Ian Schrager, my friend and partner. There is simply nothing like it.” Arne Sorenson, President and CEO, Marriott International.
The first Michelin-starred chef ever in Times Square, John Fraser, is spearheading the food and beverage at the hotel to create a cacophony of dining experiences. The fine dining restaurant named 701 West is a gastronomic gem in a jewel box-like setting that is an explosion of color. The menu features the best local ingredients and inventive preparations. While difficult to assign a specific label or locale to the cuisine from such a culinary creative mind, Chef Fraser was somewhat inspired by classical French, Asian, and Latin fare. Lobster veloute with truffle panisse and champagne float along with sweet potato baked in seaweed bread are sure to be signature items. A charcoal grill will be a centerpiece for the entrees including a grilled whole King Crab with bonito butter and an A-5 Wagyu with smashed garlic.
The Terrace Restaurant and Outdoor Gardens is an original take on a four meal, 18 hour-a-day restaurant inspired by traditional French brasseries and American chophouses but taken in a completely new direction by Chef Fraser. It’s the “everyday” dining option where you never tire of the food no matter how many times you dine there. Romantic yet casual, and elegant yet simple, the restaurant will also highlight Chef Fraser’s vegetarian sensibilities, featuring six house made pastas and a selection of the best steaks and chops. The Lobby Bar will feature the next generation of bar food, moving beyond nuts and finger food and answering to people’s desire for great food in a bar setting.
The entrance to the Terrace restaurant will host the debut exhibit of specially curated candid portrayals of “the real New York City”, the one not seen by visitors, capturing energetic, gritty and poetic street and neighborhood scenes by renowned photographers Helen Levitt, Elliott Erwitt, Bruce Davidson, Ruth Orkin, Arthur Leipzig and Cornell Capa to name a few. The following exhibit will shift to more current street scenes illustrating the culture and diversity that pervades the city today. The space will continue to house rotating photography and art exhibits by various well-known photographers and artists.
The Paradise Club is an inventive, chaotic, high production spectacle perfectly suited for Times Square. The brainchild of Anya Sapozhnikova, Justin Conte, Matthew Dailey and Kae Burke of House of Yes in Bushwick, Brooklyn, this edgy and provocative modern-day Cabaret manifests the disorder of the City and adds a whole new dimension to the hotel and to Times Square.
“Why theater? It’s live. It’s real. It’s the closest thing to dreams. Having theater born out of order negates the whole point. What we make comes from utter chaos. Chaos is where we learned to do this even before we knew what we were doing.” Anya Sapozhnikova
The shows will be part theater, part performance art with talent across many disciplines including dance, voice, aerial acrobatics, choreography, costume design and magic. There will be a regular ongoing performance based on William Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. With no formulas, rules or any specific structure, but not for shock value, each performance at Paradise Club will be different from the previous one and different from the next. For a new twist on dining and entertainment, the menu will be original and creative from hot dogs to caviar and everything in between.
“Paradise Club is a place of aspiration...Invention and reinvention...A refuge to enjoy life and forget life and the perfect place to escape into fantasy.” Ian Schrager
This one-of-a-kind cultural entertainment space also features the most sensational, immersive, colorful and kinetic lighting effects designed by Tony and Academy Award-winning Fisher Marantz of Studio 54 fame and inspired by a Lenny Kravitz video, as well as bespoke hand painted murals inspired by Bosch and Dali--a modern successor to the world famous Maxfield Parrish’s King Cole mural on Fifth Avenue. Perhaps the most spectacular element of the space is the full-blown production studio and control center that allows for live simulcasts and broadcasts around the world, as well as locally to a “Best in Class” 17,000 sf-8K-8mm Jumbotron outside of the building and a high definition digital screen on the stage. The exterior Jumbotron will also display rotating art by current video artists, cinematographers and animators.
“The Golden Age of Times Square elicited the feeling that anything was possible. New York was the City of Dreams, Times Square at its heart, where everyone came together with a common purpose. The Times Square EDITION is the embodiment of this storied past, resurrected for the present, providing hope for the future of this most beloved neighborhood.” Ian Schrager
Reservations are now open with opening rates starting from $269 (taxes and fees apply). The hotel will open in preview on 19th February and launch officially 12th March 2019. To make a reservation please call +1 800-466- 9695 or email email@example.com.
For more information about The Times Square EDITION, please visit www.editionhotels.com
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Cape Town: On Wednesday 30 January 2019, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) will present a group exhibition titled: Still here tomorrow to high five you yesterday.
The exhibition provides an opportunity to re-examine notions of utopias, African Futures and Afrofuturism from the continent and the diaspora, simultaneously calling for a re-reading and re-writing of both real and imagined narratives that aren’t constrained by time and place. Still here tomorrow to high five you yesterday explores the different ways in which artists tackle the complexities within the concepts of progress, within post-colonial Africa.
Co-Curator, Precious Mhone explains that the exhibition points critically at the mirages, metaphors, stereotypes and matrixes of progress: “Fiction has a critical role to play in shaping imaginations and directing ideas for contemporary Africa.”
Co-Curator, Gcotyelwa Mashiqa corroborates, explaining that “the exhibition challenges notions of travel, migration and banishment through imagined and alternative realities that reference both real and unreal locations at once.”
The title of the show is taken from a quote by Pendleton Ward, the creator of the animated seriesAdventure Time, which is set in the post-apocalyptic magical Land of Ooo.: “This cosmic dance of bursting decadence and withheld permissions twists all our arms collectively, but if sweetness can win, and it can, then I'll still be here tomorrow to high-five you yesterday, my friend. Peace.”
Still here tomorrow to high five you yesterday seeks to interrogate alternative physical and metaphorical spaces, letting viewers explore imagined worlds and, as one of the featured artists, Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, puts it, the “multiple simultaneous utopianisms” within our realities.
The artists in this exhibition offer a distinct concept in which time is not linear but where past, present and future merge into one. Utopia is defined by the Greeks as “no place” and presented as the epitome of a perfect but unattainable destination. Still here tomorrow to high five you yesterday is a challenge to this concept and acts as a means of critiquing existing societies.
Derived from tropes of Afro-futuristic movement and notions of the exploration of space, the exhibition is realised in ‘Chapters’ that will unfold over the course of the exhibition, that metabolise and progress, to present a plurality of post-colonial futures.
As such, Still here tomorrow to high five you yesterday shapes and shifts in the gallery, disrupting and distorting both the constructs of Utopia and Dystopia, prompting more nuanced perspectives on progression and multiple readings of its themes. The exhibition includes a designated collective ideation space, where information and downloads can be shared and where knowledge can be reformatted.
Using timelines, mind maps and archives in a working room, it presents ways of thinking about the rewriting of history and contemporary memory. This presents geographical and ideological pathways of thinking about the continent, its history in relation to constructions of fiction and nonfictional narrative making.
Exhibition name: Still here tomorrow to high five you yesterday
Venue: Level 4, Zeitz MOCAA, Silo District, V&A Waterfront
Run dates: 30 January - 31 July 2019
Exhibition curators: Precious Mhone, Gcotyelwa Mashiqa
Exhibition design and preparation: Ellen Kondowe, Sibonelo Ndwalane, Alistair Kennedy, Tammy Langtry, Carlo van Aardt
Research Assistants: Luvuyo Nyawose and Thembekazi Matroshe.
Editor: Sven Christian
Assistant Editor: Marijke Tymbios
Cristina de Middel
Kathrien de Villiers
Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA)
Silo District, South Arm Road, V&A Waterfront
Cape Town, 8002, South Africa
Pembrokeshire landscape artist Sarah Jane Brown exhibiting at the Art Nou Millenni Gallery in Barcelona
Following her international debut at the Artbaho Contemporary Art Fair in Barcelona last year, contemporary Welsh landscape artist Sarah Jane Brown is currently presenting a series of paintings in a new exhibition at the Art Nou Millenni Gallery in the centre of Barcelona.
Launching with a preview on 24th January to an enthusiastic reception, the 'To believe or not to believe' exhibition will be available to view at the Art Nou Millenni Gallery located on the famous Consell de Cent street, through into February. Sarah Jane's landscape paintings are showcased on their unique brick walled exhibition space, together with seven other talented artists.
Sarah Jane's paintings combine a mix of ‘old master’ techniques with contemporary working practice. Conceptually her paintings are an outpouring of personal feeling and a strong sense of place; the landscape becoming a metaphorical vehicle to describe more emotional concerns. Her natural ability to convey the intensity of her experiences presents an emotional narrative throughout her work, encouraging viewers to connect and engage on a deeper level.
Sarah Jane has exhibited widely across the UK, and her work is now collected internationally. An Associate Member (AGSA) of The Guild Society of Artists, her notable highlights include exhibiting with the Royal Society of Marine Artists at London's Mall Galleries, and the Royal Cambrian Academy in North Wales.
Current UK events include exhibiting at the Royal Cambrian Academy's Open Exhibition 2019 until 9th February. Upcoming international events include exhibiting at the Museum Gustavo Maetzu in Navarra, North West Spain in spring 2019. Current work is available to view at Off The Wall Gallery in Cardiff, Etcetera Gallery in St Davids, the Russell Gallery in Putney, and the Discerner Gallery in Mayfair by appointment. For further information please visit www.sjbfineart.com.
'Creer o no creer, esa es la cuestión/To believe or not to believe, that is the thing' Exhibition
Exhibition Dates: 24th January to mid-February
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 10am to 2pm and from 5pm to 7pm
Venue: Art Nou Millenni Gallery, Consell de Cent, 277 / 08011 Barcelona, España
Written by Nicola Brown - www.shesaysshesays.co.uk
Apotheosis of The Illuminata – Ruthie Tucker New york , Amsterdam Whitney Gallery NY - AASE BIRKHAUG
“APOTHEOSIS of the ILLUMINATA”
Georgia O’Keefe advised, “Fill a space in a beautiful way.” Following a long tradition of nature-inspired art, Norwegian artist Aase Birkhaug captures visions of earthly delight in her stunning floral paintings which radiate superlative color and light to fill her canvases with supreme beauty. Her reinterpretations of roses transport the viewer to idyllic, iconic locations through her vivid color palette, tantalizing texture, and radiant luminescence. An emissary of nature, Ms. Birkhaug visually combines her physiotherapy training with her passion for flowers to paint exquisite floral interpretations in her signature neo-impressionist style that combines textural brushstrokes with a contemporary approach to color and composition.
Her virtuosic floral oeuvre is both modern and timeless, providing beauty and thought-provoking concepts to the auspicious viewer, commemorating the glories of nature and immortalizing the permanence of our natural world. Inspired by the psychological effects colors and imagery have on the mind, Ms. Birkhaug skillfully and deliberately combines her color palette and rose compositions to yield a calming effect for her viewers. “I discovered several years ago that roses have a positive effect on me, almost like healing, and the combination of the small and the sight feels like a mediation” she explains of her inspiration. These ravishing tableaus become incandescent icons to the lyricisms of nature as the floral kingdom metamorphs into celestial objects of beauty with therapeutic effects on the human soul.
A kaleidoscopic palette of hues such as rosy reds, succulent greens, rich lavenders, sun kissed yellows are imprimatur tones of her dreamscapes where colors burst forth from the canvas with an explosive and effervescent charm. With a balanced sense of composition and keen sensitivity to light, Ms. Birkhaug creates images that capture the spirit of impressionist masters, but then moves that spirit forward into the contemporary realm through a bold, expressive use of color and a modern take on texture and movement. These portraits of roses dazzle the eye as they are rendered with skillful brush strokes that are both calming and invigorating to the soul. A tantalizing interplay of light and shadow, radiate the sun-kissed scenes, imbuing her joyful paintings with ambrosial good cheer and a sense of joie de vivre.
Stunning in its simplicity as it is compelling in its level of detail, Aase Birkhaug illustrates the beauty of her floral subjects in the minutia of visual details and the broad, overall atmosphere of each composition. Proficient in art media such as aquarelle, tempera, gouache, oil, acrylics, and pastels, Ms. Birkhaug’s quest for learning places her at the forefront of artistic innovation. Through her art, Ms. Birkhaug’s visual poetry is a message of serenity to the world with images that are refreshingly tranquil, reminding the viewer of the serene moments and vistas that perhaps still do exist if we but know where to look. Celebrated in both private and public collections in Europe and the U.S., Amsterdam Whitney Gallery is proud to shine the spotlight on this contemporary master!
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