Cecilia Vicuña: Ausencia Encarnada|Embodied Absence
Until 24 January 2016
Cecilia Vicuña is one of the artists featured in Ausencia Encarnada: Efimeralidad y colectividad en el arte chileno de los años setenta (Embodied Absence: Ephemerality and collectivity in Chilean art from the Seventies). The exhibition focuses on works made by Chilean artists at home and abroad in response to the political upheaval of the 1970s. It will run until 24 January 2016 at the Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende (MSSA), Santiago Centro, Chile, where it is presented in collaboration with the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) at Harvard University. Artist’s page
Tina Keane receives a 2015 Paul Hamlyn Award
11 November 2015
Tina Keane is one of the recipients of this year’s prestigious Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards for Artists. Launched in 1994, they are the largest individual awards made to visual artists and composers in the UK. There are no strings attached – the intention of the Foundation is to give exceptional artists the time and space to create the best possible work. Artist’s page
Tate acquires Vicuña's 'Precarios'
13 January 2015
England & Co is pleased to announce that Tate has acquired Precarios: A Journal of Objects for the Chilean Resistance 1973-4 by Cecilia Vicuña. The 26 items comprising the work fall into two categories: The ‘Precarious’ objects and The ’12 Books for the Chilean Resistance’. The work was purchased by the Tate Americas Foundation courtesy of the Latin American Acquisition Committee 2014. Vicuña has a strong connection with London, having studied at the Slade School of Fine Art (1972-75). During this time she co-founded (with John Dugger, David Medalla and Guy Brett) Artists for Democracy in solidarity with Chile. Now dividing her time between Chile and New York, Vicuña continues to work as a poet, visual artist and filmmaker, exhibiting and performing widely in Europe and the Americas. Above: One of the ‘Precarios’. Artist’s page
14 September – 31 October 2016
Eduardo Kac’s ‘futurespective’ opens in Berlin
Eduardo Kac: From the Pink Miniskirt to the Green Bunny opens at La Plaque Tournante in Berlin on 14 September. Curated by Frédéric Acquaviva, it is subtitled “A futurespective solo exhibition”. The opening event will feature a performance by the artist, the launch of the LP vinyl record Pornéia and the launch of the artist’s book, Biopoetry. The exhibition is part of this year’s Berlin Art Week. Artist’s page
15 September 2016 – 15 March 2017
Chris Kenny solo exhibition at Musée Hébert, Grenoble
Au milieu de nulle part, a solo exhibition of Chris Kenny’s three-dimensional ‘drawings’ and collage constructions, opens this week at Musée Hebert in Grenoble, France. Artist’s page
7 July – 28 August 2016
Neo Naturist activities
Wilma Johnson and Jennifer Binnie were founder members of the 1980s Neo Naturist movement and featured in England & Co’s Neo Naturists exhibition in 2007. Currently, their work is included in The Neo Naturists at Studio Voltaire, London.
30 June – 16 October 2016
Friedrich Nagler: Wunderkammer at Pallant House
This installation of small sculptures by Friedrich Nagler is featured at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester. England & Co director Jane England contributed to the accompanying publication. Artist’s page
23 June – 4 September 2016
Cecilia Vicuña in A Kingdom of Hours
In the early 1970s, the poet and artist Cecilia Vicuña (b. 1948, Santiago de Chile) made a series of paintings “that critically explore the patriarchal iconography of international socialism and reinterpret Andean cultural symbols.” One of these early paintings is included in the current exhibition at Gasworks, A Kingdom of Hours, co-curated by Robert Leckie (curator, Gasworks) and Miguel A. López (chief curator, TEOR/éTica).
29 January – 15 May 2016
Two artists on the Electronic Superhighway
England & Co has lent works Eduardo Kac and Roy Ascott to the exhibition Electronic Superhighway (2016-1966) at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, in which key moments in the history of art and the internet emerge as the exhibition travels back in time.
Eduardo Kac’s two Minitel animated poems in the exhibition date from 1985 and ’86. Kac was a pioneer of telecommunications art in the 1980s and he continues to investigate the philosophical and political dimensions of communication processes, bringing together the biological and the digital. He has recently been the subject of a paper in Art in America, entitled ‘Transgressive Bodies’ by Zanna Gilbert.
Also on loan to Electronic Highway is Change Painting by Roy Ascott from 1968. Ascott is an influential British artist and teacher who has been a practitioner of interactive computer art, electronic art, cybernetic art and telematic art since the Sixties.
11 January 2016
Vale, Maliheh Afnan (1935–2016)
England & Co is sad to announce the death of Maliheh Afnan, the distinguished Middle-Eastern artist who in recent years has been based in London. Born in Palestine in 1935 of Persian parents, educated in Beirut and Washington, her work addressed contemporary themes of displacement and exile.
We are proud to have worked with her on two solo exhibitions at the gallery, several group shows and to have sold a major work to the British Museum. Artist’s page
11 December 2015 – 7 August 2016
Agitprop! John Dugger and Cecilia Vicuña in Brooklyn
John Dugger’s maquette for his Chile Vencera banner – first hung in Trafalgar Square, London, in 1974 – is on show in the exhibition Agitprop! at the Elizabeth A. Sackler gallery of the Brooklyn Museum, New York (until 7 August 2016). Works by Cecilia Vicuña are also included in the exhibition. Dugger and Vicuña were both co-founders (with David Medalla and Guy Brett) of Artists for Democracy, an artists’ organisation formed in London in solidarity with Chile.
5 November 2015
Jane England: ‘Jack Bilbo and the artists of the Modern Art Gallery’
Gallerist Jane England will be talking about about the legendary German émigré, bohemian artist, author and art dealer, Jack Bilbo, and the gallery that he opened in London during the Blitz. The Modern Art Gallery (1941-48) became a cultural hub in war-time London for British and émigré artists.
This talk will take place in Room 5 of the exhibition Out of Chaos: Ben Uri, 100 Years in London, in the Inigo Rooms, Somerset House East Wing, London WC2, at 1pm.
31 October–31 January 2015
Cecilia Vicuña: No Quipu, No Book
In No Quipu, No Book, Cecilia Vicuña expands on the concept of the quipu – the Andean writing system with knots – and the book. The exhibition at the Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee, USA, will consist of works created since 2001, along with archival documentation of book works dating from the 1970s.
22–25 October 2015
England & Co at the Outsider Art Fair, Paris
England & Co is taking part in the Outsider Art Fair, Paris, to be held in the elegant setting of the Hôtel du Duc, once owned by the Duc de Morny, half-brother of Napoleon III. Location: 22 Rue de la Michodière, 75002 Paris.
4 September–27 November 2015
Cecilia Vicuña: weaving with fabric and language in Chicago
Cecilia Vicuña has installed a new iteration of The Origin of Weaving – a poem in space that traces the symbolic invention of the first cross thread from which all weaving is derived – at the Poetry Foundation, Chicago. It is part of the exhibition Dianna Frid and Cecilia Vicuña: A Textile Exhibition that investigates the intersection of weaving, textiles and language.
On 17 September, Vicuña will present a site-specific performance as part of the exhibition.
4 September 2015
Jane England’s photographs in Düsseldorf
Photographs by gallery director Jane England feature in the exhibition curated by Bruce Haines and artist Jan Pleitner that opens tonight at Adler, Adlerstrasse 6 (Hinterhof), Düsseldorf. Other artists include Alan Kane, Ali Altin, Katharina Busch, Magdalena Kita and Alex Wissel.
27 June–20 September 2015
Cecilia Vicuña’s seeds of the future in Denmark
Cecilia Vicuña has made a new installation of her work Semiya for the exhibition DUMP! Multispecies making and unmaking at the Kunsthal Aarhus in Denmark. The exhibition “gathers together artists, scientists and organisms to explore multispecies collaboration that reshapes the ruins of modernity and resists industrialized progress.”
The artist also took part in the workshop (5-6 Sept) hosted by Aahus University Research on the Anthropocene (AURA). Artist’s page
24 July 2015
Jane England on the Provocations in Art panel at the RA
Gallery director Jane England will be a panellist tonight at the Royal Academy’s Provocations in Art discussion about Outsider Art in today’s art world. Other panellists are Thomas Roeske, director of the Prinzhorn Collection, John Maizels, editor of Raw Vision, Marc Steene, director of Pallant House, and artist Ian Sherman. Referring in particular to Joseph Cornell, they will be considering the journey of Outsider Art into new spaces such as the commercial art market and the impact this has on artists, collectors and collections. Royal Academy of the Arts, London: 24 July, 6.30pm
22 May–22 June 2015
Eduardo Kac at the 12th Havana Biennial
Eduardo Kac will represent the country of his birth, Brazil, at the 12th Havana Biennial which will explore the theme Between the Idea and Experience. Kac’s work Lagoglyph Animation will be projected onto the outside of the Cine Fausto nightly from 8pm to midnight.
“Since 2007, I have been developing a personal visual language that I call Lagoglyph,” says Kac. “Every sign … is originally hand-painted (ink on paper) … The signs don’t produce meaning through conventional verbal logic; they produce emotional meaning through purely visual means, in other words, through their articulation in organised patterns, through variation in size, through rhythm and motion.” Artist’s page
12 May 2015
Cecilia Vicuña delivers Messenger Lectures at Cornell University
Cecilia Vicuña, the Chilean visual artist, poet and filmmaker, has recently delivered the spring semester lectures in the prestigious Messenger Lectures series at Cornell University. She took as her titles: Quipu and the Quanta of Language, The Poem is the Animal and Awareness is the Art: Artists for Democracy and Other Stories. Established in 1924, the Messenger lectures continue to be presented by some of the world’s leading scholars and public figures. Artist’s page
17 April–6 June 2015
So You Want to See … Cecilia Vicuña in New York
Cecilia Vicuña is one of the six women artists invited to consider the role of contemporay art within society in this exhibition curated by the collective What, How & for Whom at 311 East Broadway, NYC.
13 January 2015
Oiticica’s letters to London acquired by Tate
Following England & Co’s exhibition to launch Jill Drower’s book 99 Balls Pond Road: The Story of the Exploding Galaxy, the gallery is pleased to announce the acquisition by Tate of letters written to Drower by the Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica (1937-1980) in the 1970s. Oiticica spent a year in London (1968-69), where his radically immersive Eden ‘environment’ was installed at the Whitechapel Gallery.
12 September–4 October 2014
Chris Kenny at Bookartbookshop
An implicit celebration of untotalizable micro-narratives is the title of a new series of 50 handmade books with found titles by Chris Kenny. They form a window installation at Tanya Peixoto’s always fascinating Bookartbookshop in London, an event arranged in association with England & Co. bookartbookshop.com
4 September–4 October 2014
Jack Bilbo at David Zwirner, London
An exhibition of works by Jack Bilbo (1907–1967) presented by the David Zwirner gallery in London, organized in collaboration with England & Co/The Estate of Jack Bilbo. The exhibition includes a group of paintings by Bilbo, but is focused primarily on his ink drawings from the 1940s.
Jack Bilbo at David Zwirner London
Cecilia Vicuña, John Dugger and Judy Clark: artevida (life), Brazil
Gallery artists Cecilia Vicuña, John Dugger and Judy Clark are currently included in the major exhibition in Brazil – artevida (artlife) – curated by Adriano Pedrosa and Rodrigo Moura. artevida is divided into four sections: Clark and Vicuna are represented in artevida (corpo) (body) at Casa Franco-Brasil; Dugger and Vicuña are represented in artevida (politica) (politics) at Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro. The exhibition examines the relationships between art and life in the late 1950s, 1960s 1970s, and early 1980s taking Brazilian, and particularly Rio de Janeiro, art practices from that period as a point of departure. artevida
26 April–11 May 2014
Chris Kenny at Pitzhanger Manor-House
Chris Kenny’s exhibition examining notions of paradise – The Flowers that did in Eden Bloom – is to be held at PM Gallery & House, Pitzhanger Manor-House, Walpole Park in West London.
Tina Keane & Jennifer Binnie: BFI screenings
Tina Keane’s film Shadow of a Journey and Jennifer Binnie’s film Grayson/Jewels/Flowers will both be screened at the BFI this month in the programme Through a Glass Darkly, which is part of the BFI This Is Now season of films ‘post-Punk’ curated by William Fowler.
15 January–30 March 2014
Artists for Democracy celebrated in Chile
Cecilia Vicuña’s exhibition, Artists for Democracy: The Archive of Cecilia Vicuña is to be held at two venues in Santiago, Chile. The archive section will be on display at the Museo de la Memoria (MMDH) and the exhibition’s other section is to be held at the Museo de Bellas Artes (MNBA), where John Dugger’s huge banner Chile Vencera will be displayed in the grand 19th Century main exhibition hall as a major feature of this celebration of the mid-1970s organization formed to support democracy in Chile after the death of Allende, Artists for Democracy.
1 November–21 December 2013
Harald Smykla: It’s About Time
Harald Smykla is featured in It’s About Time at the ASC Gallery, London. Curated by Christina Niederberger and Paul Carey-Kent, the 14 international artists in this exhibition explore the nature of time and how different timescales can function simultaneously in an artwork.
Tina Keane: London Film Festival
Tina Keane’s new short film, Beauty in Motion, will be screened for the first time at the London Film Festival on 12 October in the programme Contained Movement.
25 September 2013–19 January 2014
Clay Perry: portrait photographs of Mira Schendel
Clay Perry’s photographs of artist Mira Schendel in 1966 are featured in the catalogue and at the entrance to the exhibition Mira Schendel at Tate Modern.
11 October 2013–12 January 2014
Chris Kenny and Georgia Russell: The First Cut
Chris Kenny and Georgia Russell are both included in the touring exhibition The First Cut which is now at The Pavilion in SeaCity Museum, Southampton. The exhibition tour began at Manchester City Art Galleries in October 2012, and features works by 30 international contemporary artists who radically rethink the possibilities of working with paper.
27 September–15 November 2013
Chris Kenny: Telling Stories
Chris Kenny is included in the first part of the exhibition Telling Stories at the Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery in Kent. Telling Stories considers the role of artist as storyteller and addresses ideas of communication and mis-communication.
7 June – 3 August 2013
Cecilia Vicuña: Artists from Latin America in London
Cecilia Vicuña is one of the artists included in the exhibition curated by Pablo Léon de la Barra and Carmen Juliá at the David Roberts Art Foundation, London: Curators’ Series #6. Friends of London. Artists from Latin America in London from 196X – 197X.
John Dugger and Guy Brett
An event complementing the Keywords exhibition at INIVA, London: John Dugger will discuss Participatory Art with art historian and curator Guy Brett on Tuesday 2 April. Event
16 March–12 May 2013
Jason Wallis-Johnson and Chris Kenny: Mappamundi in Toulon
Jason Wallis-Johnson and Chris Kenny are each represented by several works in the exhibition Mappamundi: Art et Cartographie. Held at the Hotel des Arts, Centre D’Art du Conseil General du Var, Toulon, the exhibition is curated by Guillaume Monsaignon as part of the programme for Marseilles, 2013 European Capital of Culture. Artists include Joseph Kosuth, Vic Muniz, Alighiero e Boetti and Guillermo Kuitca.
13 March 2013–1 June 2014
John Dugger: Keywords at INIVA and Tate Liverpool
John Dugger’s Sports Banner (1980) is in Keywords, an exhibition curated by Gavin Delahunty and Grant Watson and presented in London by INIVA (the Institute of International Visual Arts) London, and in 2014, at Tate Liverpool. Keywords is based on Raymond Williams’ 1976 book, Keywords – a vocabulary of culture and society. The exhibition has three parts: a display at INIVA; a lecture series; and an exhibition at Tate Liverpool of artworks from 1976 to the present, with an emphasis on the 1980s, drawing on iconic works from Tate’s collection. Artist’s page
2 March–23 June 2013
Cecilia Vicuña at FRAC Lorraine
Cecilia Vicuña’s Quipu Austral installation (first seen at the Sydney Biennale in 2012) has been recreated in a new immersive, large-scale installation at FRAC Lorraine, Metz, France, as part of the exhibition Les Immémoriales. Vicuña is exhibiting with Agnes Denes and Monika Grzymala: three artists from different backgrounds and generations share aesthetic and ethical concerns, and make ephemeral works ‘inspired by memories of the Andean peoples, Native Americans and Australian Aborigines – the peoples and territories with which they weave the present and build the future’.
9 November 2012
John Dugger: Courtauld Institute of Art
John Dugger will be in conversation with Dr Wenny Teo during the symposium (Re) Orientations: China in the Western Artistic Imagination from the 1960s to the present day at The Courtauld Institute of Art. Organised by Dr Teo with Professor Sarah Wilson from the Courtauld Institute, this symposium explores the impact of Chinese art, culture and politics on the Western artistic and intellectual imagination, focusing on the 1960s and 1970s. Symposium
29 September 2012–1 July 2013
Paule Vézelay: Leeds Art Gallery
A sculpture by Paule Vézelay is currently included in the collection display Natural Form: Shape and Form in Sculpture at Leeds art Gallery curated by the Henry Moore Institute.
Tina Keane: Tate Tanks
Tina Keane will be one of the artists exploring notions of performative projection in Playing in the Shadows on 26 and 27 October as part of the programme for The Tanks: Art in Action at Tate Modern. Keane will also be included in the group exhibitions Revolver Part 3 at Matts Gallery (31 October–18 November); and in Screen Practice at England & Co (27 September–31 October).
Paule Vézelay: Tate Modern
An early unrealized film script by Paule Vézelay from the collection of Tate Archive is currently on view at Tate Modern in the display Poetry and Dream on Level 3, and is also the subject of an article in the current issue of Tate etc magazine.
5 October 2012–27 January 2013
Chris Kenny and Georgia Russell
Chris Kenny and Georgia Russell will both be included in the exhibition First Cut at Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK. The exhibition features the work of thirty one international artists who work with paper in new and revolutionary ways, ‘re-thinking the possibilities of paper’.
Until 28 October 2012
Michael Druks at CaixaForum Barcelona
Michael Druk’s work Druksland features as the iconic image for the exhibition street banners currently seen throughout Barcelona, advertising the major exhibition Contemporary Cartographies: Drawing Thought at CaixaForum Barcelona. The exhibition, curated by Helena Tatay, presents cartographic works created in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries by artists who ‘explore and question the systems of representation that have been used for centuries as a way of understanding the chaos that is life’. CaixaForum
19 July 2012
John Dugger’s Sports Banner from 1980 is featured as Tate’s ‘Work of the Week’ to coincide with the opening of London’s Olympic Games. Tate blog
At the San Jose Textile Museum in California, Dugger will be represented in their TECHstyle Art (Information Technology and Textiles) Biennial exhibition (7 August–14 October).
11 July 2012
The Life and Art of David Medalla
The publication by the Vibal Foundation of the new book in their Arte Filipino series – The Life and Art of David Medalla – was launched with a talk by the artist at Tate Britain. The book is edited by Purissima Benitez-Johannot, and features an interview with David Medalla, essays by Guy Brett, Isobel Whitelegg and Adam Nankervis, and numerous photographs, including Clay Perry’s images of the artist and Signals gallery in the 1960s and 1970s.
Clay Perry’s photograph of Yoko Ono
One of Clay Perry’s photographs of Yoko Ono from 1967 has been used as the cover illustration for the catalogue produced to accompany the exhibition Yoko Ono – To the Light at the Serpentine Gallery, London.
28 February–3 June 2012
The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso and the Parisian Avant Garde
This exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum, New York (previously on view at San Francisco MOMA and at the Grand Palais, Paris), traces the evolution of the Stein family’s taste and examines the close relationships formed between individual members of the family and their artist friends. While focusing on works by Matisse and Picasso, the exhibition also includes works by Pierre Bonnard, Juan Gris, Marie Laurencin, André Masson, Francis Picabia and others. The Hommage à Gertrude Stein by British artist Sir Francis Rose – featured in the final room of the exhibition – has been lent by England & Co. The Steins Collect
16 March–27 May 2012
Michael Druks: Atlas Critique in Paris
Druksland Physical and Social, Michael Druks’ famous print from 1974, was used as the invitation image and is featured in the exhibition Atlas Critique at the Parc Saint Leger Centre D’Art Contemporain in Paris. The exhibition is ‘a cartography of the mutations of art, critical theory and relations between art and politics in contemporary times through geographical thinking’. Timed to coincide with the period of the French presidential election, the curators say that they are ‘trying to see how, through spatial and cartographic thinking, we could pull down political and national fictions’.
31 January–12 August 2012
Clay Perry photographs of Signals gallery in the 1960s
Photographs by Clay Perry documenting artists of the avant garde Signals gallery are on display in the exhibition Migrations at Tate Britain. The exhibition explores how British art has been shaped by migration, and includes conceptual artists such as David Medalla who have exhibited and worked in Britain, but consider themselves to be ‘stateless’ global citizens. Medalla was the co-founder of the Signals gallery in London in the 1960s, and Clay Perry photographed artists and exhibitions for the Signals News Bulletin.
20 January 2012–July 2013
Georgia Russell: Material Matters
Georgia Russell’s dissected book sculptures are included in the exhibition East Wing X Collection: Material Matters at the Courtauld Institute of Art, which is a celebration of both established and emerging contemporary artists who use pioneering media or re-interpret traditional forms of representation. East Wing X Collection
6 August–3 September 2011
Georgia Russell at Spacex
Georgia Russell is one of the artists featured in The Paper Cooperative at Spacex in Exeter, UK. The exhibition explores the ongoing use of paper in art, design and publishing, presented through signage, art works, books and events. A wide selection of artists’ books explores the variety of techniques employed in artist book making today.
June 20 2011
Vale David Larwill
We are sad to announce that the Australian artist David Larwill died on 19 June 2011. Larwill was one of the young artists who formed the infamous Roar Studios in early 1980s Melbourne. After numerous exhibitions in Australia, Larwill had his first London exhibition at England & Co in 2003.
Clay Perry photographs in Brazil
Clay Perry’s photographs of London’s art scene of the late 1960s, in particular his images of Latin American artists working in London and exhibiting at the legendary Signals gallery, are the subject of the exhibition Vangarda de Londres at Galeria Transversal in São Paolo.
1 February–25 April 2011
Chris Kenny and Satomi Matoba: Mappa Mundi in Lisbon
Chris Kenny and Satomi Matoba are represented in the exhibition Mappa Mundi at the Berardo Museum Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal. The exhibition, curated by Guillaume Monsaigneon, ‘assembles artists who, over the past 40 years, have worked on maps and who have questioned cartographical representation’.
Other artists in the exhibition include Alighiero e Boetti, Joseph Kosuth, Kathy Prendergast, Susan Stockwell, Michelangelo Pistoletto and Guillermo Kuitca.
22 January–7 April 2011
Paule Vézelay: Modern British Sculpture at the Royal Academy
London’s Royal Academy of Arts presents the first exhibition for 30 years to examine British sculpture of the 20th century. The show will represent a unique view of the development of British sculpture, exploring the meaning of the terms British and sculpture by bringing the two together in a chronological series of themed galleries. Paule Vézelay’s Five Forms (1935-36) – acquired from England & Co by Tate in 2000 – is displayed in the exhibition. Artist’s page
13 November 2010–16 January 2011
Harald Smykla: Movie Protocols at QUAD
Over the weekend of 25-28 November, Harald Smykla will be making Movie Protocols of films on the first floor mezzanine of QUAD in Derby while the films are simultaneously being screened in the QUAD cinemas as part of the ID Fest programme. An exhibition of these, and other Movie Protocol drawings will be on view at QUAD until 16 January 2011. Artist’s page
Stuart Brisley: Tate acquisitions from England & Co
Tate have acquired three works by Stuart Brisley this year. Two works – an early, untitled painting from 1960, and a copy of the film Arbeit Macht Frei (1972-73) – were purchased from England & Co, with a third film, Sweating the Hole (2006), given by the artist. Artist’s page
13 October 2010–27 March 2011
Zafer and Barbara Baran are included in the display A History of Camera-less Photography accompanying the exhibition Shadow Catchers: Camera-less Photography at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The display explores the camera-less image from the 1850s to the present and includes works by Man Ray, László Moholy-Nagy, Frederick Sommer, the Barans and Cornelia Parker. Zafer and Barbara Baran will be discussing their working process on 24 Nov, 1–4pm, in the Sackler Centre Digital Studio at the V&A. Artists’ page
30 September–21 November 2010 Birmingham & 18 November 2010—23 January 2011 Paris
Brian Griffin: Exhibitions in Birmingham and Paris
Birmingham-born photographer, Brian Griffin is celebrated by three complementary exhibitions in his home city, including Face to Face, a major retrospective exhibition of his portraits. Griffin’s exhibition The Black Country – based on his childhood memories – is currently at the College des Bernardins in Paris.
2 October 2010–9 January 2011 (launch: 1 October, 6.30pm)
Harald Smykla: UnSpooling in Manchester
A performance by Harald Smykla will feature at the launch event of UnSpooling – Artist & Cinema, at Cornerhouse, Manchester, in conjunction with the AND (Abandon Normal Devices) festival of new cinema and digital culture. The exhibition will feature the work of 19 international artists, including David Claerbout, Elizabeth McAlpine, Gebhard Sengmüller, Ming Wong. Artist’s page
21 September–2 October 2010
Sara Bevan: Soul House at the the Petrie Museum
Following a year-long project funded by the Arts Council of England and UCL Museum and Collections, Sara Bevan exhibits a series of digital collages inspired by the space and atmosphere of the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology and its collection of Egyptian artefacts. With an additional display of these images outside 1–10 Torrington Place, London WC1, the exhibitions mark the official re-opening of the museum. Artist’s page
20 July—5 September 2010
John Dugger returns to Ikon
John Dugger traveled from California to Birmingham to install works – including Star Weaver, left – in This Could Happen to You: Ikon in the 1970s. This is the second exhibition tracing the history of the Ikon gallery’s artistic programme. Other artists include David Medalla, Stuart Brisley, David Hepher and Jeremy Moon. Artist’s page
19 June–11 July 2010
Harald Smykla at Calke Abbey
Harald Smykla will be taking part in Profusion, an exhibition of works by international artists inspired by Calke Abbey, Derbyshire, a National Trust property whose interiors and outbuildings are filled with the accumulation of years of collecting and hoarding by its previous eccentric and reclusive owners. Curated by Sotiris Kyriacou and John Plowman, the artists exhibiting are Anna Barham, Karla Black, Marcel Broodthaers, Lucy Clout, Clem Crosby, Jimmie Durham, Mark Fairnington, Doug Fishbone, Martino Gamper, Roger Hiorns, John Plowman, Daniel Silver, Harald Smykla, and Jack Strange. Artist’s page
12–14 March 2010
The Art of Hip-ok-risy
Chris Kenny’s text construction ‘Embrace Blasphemy’ is featured in The Art of Hip-ok-risy, an exhibition held within The Mayor’s & City of London Court in the Guildhall Buildings of The City – a project realized by Maria Nicolacopoulou. Within the judicial context of this historic civil courtroom, seven artists (Chris Kenny, Oliver Clegg, Maria Marshall, Gideon Rubin, Mandy Lee Jandrell, Richard Dyer and Doug Fishbone) examine the phenomenon of hypocrisy on a personal, social, cultural and political level. Artist’s page
Until 4 April 2010
Paper under the knife in New York
This month is the last chance to see works by two England & Co artists, Georgia Russell and Chris Kenny, at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. Slash: Paper Under the Knife is the museum’s third exhibition in its international survey series Process and Materials. Curated by David Revere McFadden with Laura Stern, it explores unusual paper treatments, bookworks, cut paper and includes works by Kara Walker, Olafur Eliasson, Thomas Demand, Tom Friedman. Exhibition
St Ives and Beyond: Pallant House
Three works by Morag Ballard accompanied the exhibitions St Ives and Beyond (6—31 March) and John Tunnard: Inner to Outer Space (13 March—6 June) at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester.
26 March — October 2010
Cabinet of Curiosities at Kensington Palace
Works by Georgia Russell and Jason Wallis-Johnson are displayed in the Cabinet of Curiosities curated by Echo Morgan as part of her room in the exhibition The Enchanted Palace at Kensington Palace, London. The exhibition combines fashion, performance, and dreamlike installations in the magnificent State Apartments.
16 January–14 March 2010
Stuart Brisley at Kettle’s Yard
The drawing Pig Wars (2008) by Stuart Brisley can be be seen in Modern Times: responding to chaos, an exhibition at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, of drawing and film selected by the painter, film-maker and curator Lutz Becker. The exhibition will later travel to the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, East Sussex (1 April–13 June). Artist’s page Exhibition
British Museum acquires Chris Kenny’s Philosophy circle
Following the Zoo Art fair, Chris Kenny’s three-dimensional construction with text Philosophy can damp down the hottest flames of lust was acquired recently from England & Co for the collection of the British Museum. Artist’s page
Vito Drago revisits Palermo
Vito Drago’s solo exhibition Quesito indagine espediente took place in the Castello Beccadelli di Marineo in his home town of Palermo, Sicily. Artist’s page
The Map Is not the Territory Revisited
Several artists represented by England & Co feature in Katharine Harmon’s book The Map As Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography (Princeton Architectural Press). The Map is not the Territory Revisited is the fourth in a series of exhibitions reflecting the Gallery’s interest in artists’ cartography,and as a complementary event for the British launch of Harmon’s new book. Exhibition
November 2009 London
70s Style & Design
Jane England’s photographs from the 1970s feature throughout the new book by Dominic Lutyens and Kirsty Hislop: 70s Style & Design, published this month by Thames & Hudson.
30 October 2009
Brian Griffin The Road to 2012
Brian Griffin’s were the first six portraits to be unveiled in the National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012. The project has commissioned photographers to celebrate those around Britain who are making the 2012 London Olympics possible. Artist’s page
19 October –11 December 2009
Georgia Russell responds to Charles Darwin
The Name in the Flower celebrates the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species with commissioned work by Georgia Russell and Sam Winston. Inspired by Ruth Padel’s Darwin: A Life in Poems, the artists respond to the zoologist and the poet through dissections of their writings. The exhibition is held in the Library Exhibition Space, Courtauld Institute of Art, London. Artist’s page
16–19 October 2009
Zoo Art Fair
At their new location in Shoreditch, Zoo Art Enterprises brought together more than 50 contemporary art organizations and practitioners in a series of exhibitions, solo shows and stand presentations. England & Co presented the works of five artists: Stuart Brisley, Chris Kenny, Georgia Russell, Harald smykla and Jason Wallis-Johnson. England & Co at Zoo
18 October 2009
Stuart Brisley at the Serpentine Poetry Marathon
On Sunday afternoon, Stuart Brisley was one of the prominent artists, poets, philosophers and musicians participating in the Serpentine Gallery’s weekend-long Poetry Marathon in Kensington Gardens. It was the final event to take place in the Serpentine’s 2009 Pavilion designed by SANAA.
Report Exhibition Artist’s page
11 September 2009–3 January 2010
John Dugger’s banner art in Belgium
Two historic banner works by artist John Dugger are featured in a major new exhibition at the Antwerp Museum of Contemporary Art (M KHA). Textiles: Art and the Social Fabric is curated by Grant Watson and also includes works by James Lee Byars, Goshka Macuga, Hélio Oiticica, Rosemarie Tröckel and Yang Fudong. Installation view, right: Great Wu Shu Kwan (Martial Arts) Banner 1975-77, and Chile Vencera, 1974. Artist’s page
6 August — 27 September 2009
Chris Kenny: Collage – London/New York
Chris Kenny is among the artists whose work is featured in the exhibition Collage: London/New York at FRED (London), co-curated with the Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York. This celebration of Collage features important works from the last 100 years alongside contemporary innovations. The exhibition includes more than 69 artists from the past hundred years, each working in very different ways, but all of them incorporating collage in their work.
7 July–13 September 2009
Brian Griffin at Les Rencontres d’Arles
One of the highlights of this year’s Les Rencontres d’Arles international festival of photography is a major retrospective exhibition of works by Brian Griffin, including the series Team and Water People. Les Rencontres d’Arles Photographie Artist’s page
24 July 2009–17 February 2010
Chris Kenny and Georgia Russell Cut It Out
Chris Kenny and Georgia Russell are among the artists whose work is featured in the exhibition Cut It Out: Contemporary Paper Cut Artists at the Southampton City Art Gallery until 18 October. The exhibition then travels to Maidstone Museum, where it can be seen until 7 February 2010.
2 June–29 August 2009
Chris Kenny at Dr Johnson’s House
Chris Kenny is one of seven artists commissioned to celebrate the tercentenary of the birth of British writer and lexicographer Samuel Johnson. The exhibition, The House of Words, is at Dr Johnson’s House in Gough Square, London EC4, and is open to the public. Artist’s page
1–23 May 2009
Constellation in cyberspace
Artists including Yoko Ono and David Medalla who feature in Constellation: Clay Perry’s photographs of London’s avant-garde art scene in the 1960s are among those who have responded to the exhibition on their own websites and blogs.
Yoko Ono David Medalla Tjebbe van Tijen aiu: Yoko Ono News
26 March 2009
Harald Smykla’s new Metropolis for City X
Harald Smykla marked the City X exhibition at England & Co with a performance of his Movie Protocol: Metropolis in which he used a monitor and overhead projector to make a simultaneous transcription of Fritz Lang’s 1927 film onto rolls of clear acetate; his pictographs were projected onto the gallery wall behind him as he worked. To see more images of the event and the work, go to Harald Smykla’s Artist’s page
12–14 February 2009
Stuart Brisley on stage in Lausanne
Stuart Brisley is one of the artists invited to take part in this year’s Performance Saga Festival in Lausanne. Curated by Katrin Groegel and Andrea Saemann in collaboration with Arsenic Centre d’art scénique contemporain, the festival brings together artists from different generations. Open Dialogues: Performance Saga invites writers to respond to these performances online and in print, in English and French. Performance Saga Festival Open Dialogues: Performance Saga Artist’s page
Contained Thoughts at the Courtauld Institute
Works by five England & Co artists—Maliheh Afnan, Vito Drago, Chris Kenny, Georgia Russell and Jason Wallis-Johnson—are currently on view in the exhibition Contained Thoughts in the Courtauld Institute Library Exhibition Space.
Georgia Russell: Washington and Ontario
Gallery artist Georgia Russell will be included in two new international exhibitions early this year. Firstly, The Book Borrowers: Contemporary Artists Transforming the Book at the Bellevue Arts Museum, Washington, USA (24 February—14 June 2009); and second, the exhibition of book works Novel Ideas at the Oakville Galleries in Ontario, Canada (7 March—31 May 2009). Artist’s page
Abbassy acquired by the British Museum
Unravelling by Samira Abbassy has been acquired from the Gallery by the Department of the Middle East at the British Museum. Artist’s page
Until 4 January 2009
Georgia Russell in Oklahoma
Georgia Russell is one of the artists included in the exhibition Imaginative Qualities of Actual Things at Price Tower Arts Centre, Bartlesville, Oklahoma. The exhibition explores the role of art in environmental awareness through ‘object reassignment’.
Liliane Lijn: Let There Be Light
Liliane Lijn was one of the five artists (who included James Turrell and Anthony McCall) whose primary medium is light and who were featured in the BBC1 programme Let There Be Light directed by Tim Kirby. The programme was part of the Imagine series presented by Alan Yentob. Artist’s page
Photographs at Zoo Art Fair
Ancient & Modern gallery exhibited photographs by Jane England (curator and director of England & Co) at the Zoo Art Fair, Royal Academy of Arts, London, together with works by Alan Kane, Peter Linde Busk, Matthias Dornfield, Des Hughes and Ruth Ewan.
From October 2008
Paule Vézelay on view at Tate Modern
Paule Vézelay’s painting Curves & Circles (1930) is currently included in the new display Poetry and Dream: Surrealism and Beyond at Tate Modern. The large room at the heart of the display is devoted to Surrealism, while the surrounding displays look at other artists who, in different ways, have responded to or diverged from Surrealism, or explored related themes.
Eric Clapton opens Philippe Mora’s exhibition
The Gallery’s new exhibition, Philippe Mora: Then and Now – Works from 1960s London to Los Angeles Today, was opened by the artist’s old friend Eric Clapton.
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The year 2009
Jason Wallis-Johnson and the Moderne Calendar
The New York company Mrs John L Strong has a long tradition of hand-engraved stationery. Each year they produce a range of limited-edition desk calendars and, in the first of a series of collaborations with artists, they have chosen 12 of Jason Wallis-Johnson’s meticulous drawings for their 2009 Moderne Calendar. Artist’s page
Until mid-October 2008
Paule Vézelay at the Courtauld
A display of work by Paule Vézelay – including paintings, sculpture and works on paper – is part of the Courtauld Institute of Art’s 75th anniversary celebrations, and marks the Paule Vézelay Essay Prize and the donation of items from the artist’s library to the Courtauld Institute. The display, curated by Jane England, is installed in the exhibition space outside the main library in the East Wing of the Institute in Somerset House, Strand, London WC2.
Until 14 September 2008
Georgia Russell in Holland
Gallery artist Georgia Russell is currently included in the Holland Paper Biennial 2008 at the CODA Museum in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands.
10 May 2008
Albert Herbert 1925–2008
England & Co is sad to announce the death of Albert Herbert. He has been associated with
the Gallery since 1988—a great friend and inspiring artist who will be very much missed.
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Photographs by Jane England
Gallery curator and director Jane England has an exhibition of her early photographs, together with vortographs by Alvin Langdon Coburn, at the Ancient & Modern gallery, London EC1.
Ancient & Modern
Rego acquired by the British Museum
A rare early work on paper by Paula Rego from a private collection has been acquired by the British Museum through the gallery.
Stuart Brisley in the British Museum
The British Museum has acquired five works on paper by Stuart Brisley from England & Co. The works address political issues, including the fall of the Berlin Wall, Ireland and the IRA, and the British monarchy. Artist’s page
Until 1 August 2008
British Outsiders in Paris
England & Co has lent works by Albert Louden, Farouq Molloy, Richard Nie, Perifimou and Ben Wilson to the major exhibition British Outsider Art at Musée La Halle Saint Pierre in Paris. hallesaintpierre.org
Clive James: browsing at England & Co
What started as a personal archive has expanded into cyberspace as author, critic and collector Clive James shares his enthusiasms with a worldwide readership at clivejames.com. The site has sections entitled Text, Video, Audio – and Gallery, which features England & Co artists Albert Herbert, Georgia Russell and Geneviève Seillé.
12 February–5 April 2008
Stuart Brisley: Crossings
The artist’s new exhibition at the John Hansard Gallery in Southampton offers a compelling account of two tragedies: the sinking of two famous 20th-century ships RMS Titanic and MV Estonia.
Touching Black Ice
Estonia In the sound installation
Touching Black Ice, Brisley explores the legacy of the Titanic which sank on its maiden voyage after leaving Southampton in 1912. H is new film Estonia retraces the story of the sinking of the ferry in the Baltic in 1994 and ‘combines the dread of the event with the strangeness of revisiting a site of disaster.’ John Hansard Galley Artist’s page
24 February–16 March 2008
Persian perspectives in New York
Samira Abbassy is one of the artists currently featured in the Persian Arts Festival in New York. Four of her new works can be seen in Weaving the Common Thread at the Queens Museum of Art. Subtitled Perspectives from Iranian Artists, the exhibition explores the influence of the post-revolutionary Iranian diaspora on contemporary Persian art.
November 2007–13 January 2008
… in Cardiff where Stuart Brisley, Ian Hinchliffe, Alastair MacLennan and Tatsumi Orimoto are featured in Flashes from the Archives of Oblivion at the Chapter gallery. The exhibition brings together photographs, videos, drawings and ephemera documenting seminal performances of the 1970s, along with recent works.
November 2007–9 March 2008
Lijn collage at the British Museum
Hanging/Floating Gardens of Rock City i, the collage acquired by the British Museum from Liliane Lijn’s 2006 exhibition at England & Co, is now on public display. It is included in Recent Acquisitions Part ii, devoted to 20th and 21st-century works on paper, in Prints and Drawings Gallery, Room 90, the British Museum, London WC2, until 9 March 2008.
October 2007–27 April 2008
Four Map the Imagination at the V&A
Works by four artists acquired through England & Co are currently on view at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, as part of the display Mapping the Imagination. Druksland—Physical and Social 15 January 1974, 11.30am by Michael Druks, Britain: March 2003 (Britain on Iraq) by Georgia Russell, and Which Direction (You Are Here ii) by Vito Drago are in the Julie and Robert Breckman Prints Gallery; London Lightbox by Jason Wallis-Johnson can be seen in the Prints, Drawings and Architecture Education Room.
Afnan in St Petersburg
Works by Maliheh Afnan are featured in the exhibition The Dance of Pen and Ink – Contemporary Art of the Middle East at the State Museum of Oriental Art at the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg.
On the map in Ireland
Works by several England & Co artists – including Chris Kenny and Satomi Matoba – are included in (C)artography: Map-making as Artform at the Crawford Gallery, Cork. The exhibition takes the the work of early map-makers as its starting point for a survey of contemporary artists who use mapping methodologies, often for very different reasons. The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue featuring Map Circle (16 Typhoons) by Chris Kenny on the cover. Until 10 Nov 2007.
Morag Ballard’s painting Noon has been chosen as the cover image for Peter Davies’ new book, St Ives 1975—2005: Art Colony in Transition, published by the St Ives Printing & Publishing Company.
11-16 September 2007
Modern British at the RCA
England & Co will be represented at the 20/21 British Art Fair again this year. Featured artists will include John Armstrong, Morag Ballard, Martin Bradley, Rolf Brandt, Benjamin Creme, Arthur Giardelli, William Green, Heinz Henghes, Ivon Hitchens, Peter Kinley, Liliane Lijn, Anne Rothenstein and Paule Vézelay. The Fair takes place at the Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7.
During this time the Gallery will be open as usual with the current exhibition, Klaus Friedeberger: Works 1940-1970. England & Co at the Fair >
Letting it all hang out: my life as a naked artist
Grayson Perry writing in The Times recalls his experiences with the Neo Naturists, currently celebrated in their exhibition at England & Co. The Times Artist’s page
The Neo Naturists are now online at neonaturists.org.uk
Anytown in Kent
Works by Vito Drago, Alberto Duman, Chris Kenny and Jason Wallis-Johnson are currently on view in Anytown, an exhibition exploring the urban environment through the eyes of artists, photographers and designers from across four continents. At Mascalls Gallery in Kent, 11 June—19 July.
Alberto Duman and Georgia Russell in V&A collection
The Victoria and Albert Museum, London has acquired one of Alberto Duman’s screenprints from his English International Images series: View of Braziers Park, Ibsden, near Wallingford. Artist’s page
The Museum has also acquired a second work by Gallery artist Georgia Russell, Britain: March 2003 (Britain on Iraq). The Museum already owns a cut-book work from her series Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Artist’s page
Druksland Physical and Social
England & Co have sold an example of Michael Druks’ iconic image, Druksland Physical and Social 15 January 1974, 11.30am to the Print Collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. This image was featured in England & Co’s exhibitions The Map Is Not the Territory ii and iii. Artist’s page
Another example from the series is included in the artist’s major retrospective exhibition Michael Druks: Travels in Druksland at the Museum of Art, Ein Harod, Israel (May–August 2007).
Culture Bound… four England & Co artists exhibit at the Courtauld Institute
Works by four Gallery artists – Chris Kenny, Georgia Russell, Victor Drago and Jason Wallis-Johnson – can be seen in the Courtauld Institute of Art’s East Wing Collection VII. This biennial exhibition is curated by a committee of Courtauld students and displayed in the Institute’s East Wing in Somerset House, London. England & Co sponsored the production of an artist’s map designed and hand-drawn by Jason Wallis-Johnson as a guide for visitors to find their way through the warren of rooms and staircases in the East Wing and to discover where individual works are to be found.
East Wing Collection VII is entitled Culture Bound and showcases the works of 39 contemporary artists. Culture Bound, write the curators, was born out of the premise that we are all essentially restricted within a specific and evolving cultural experience. The exhibition explores the ways in which contemporary art can prompt a reconsideration of cultural boundaries.
East Wing Collection VII: Culture Bound
Stuart Brisley sculpture acquired for Leeds Museum
The Henry Moore Institute, Leeds Museums & Galleries (with assistance from The Art Fund) has acquired Stuart Brisley’s Untitled wall relief, c1962-63 from the recent exhibition at England & Co: Stuart Brisley: Works 1958-2006. This assemblage ‘is a pivotal early work marking the artist’s transition in the early 1960s from collage and relief into three-dimensional sculpture using found objects and rubbish’. Artist’s page