Harald Smykla wins the Brewers Towner Prize
24 October 2022
Harald Smykla has won the 2022 Brewers Towner International Prize for his series of works Iconoclash Press Flowers and Ovid Press Rewilding.
The biennial exhibition and prize at the Tower Eastbourne has been curated by the gallery’s Exhibitions & Offsite Curator, Noelle Collins. She says Smykla’s “convincing and direct work appeals to us all, and is highly accessible whilst remaining complex. The London-based, German artist makes images which ‘rewild’ press images, providing respite from the ‘bad news’ in the form of colour and texture … Harald’s work in particular was appropriate to our [exhibition] theme of Sanctury.”
The exhibition at the Towner Eastbourne continues until 22 January 2023.
Watch Anne Bean interviewed for ‘Elles x Paris Photo’ on YouTube
England & Co is pleased to announce that Elles x Paris Photo has released an interview with Anne Bean on YouTube.
Elles x Paris Photo is a programmme initiated by the French Ministry of Culture, in partnership with Paris Photo and with the support of Women in Motion, a Kering programmee to highlight the place of women in the arts and culture.
Paule Vézelay at Tate Liverpool
Until 4 September 2022
Paule Vézelay’s plaster sculpture from 1935, Garden (Object in Three Dimensions) has been installed at Tate Liverpool in the exhibition Radical Landscapes, which runs until 4 September.
Anne Bean on Mattflix
20 May – 17 June 2022
The second instalment in Anne Bean’s Chana Dubinski quartet, Chana and Gioia, is available to view on Mattsflix. This film by Anne Bean and Gioia Meller Marcovicz was commissioned by Matt’s Gallery for MattFlix with support from Art Fund and Arts Council England. It explores Anne (Chana) and Gioia’s friendship and collaboration, including the telling of their shared family histories of the Holocaust.
Vale, Michael Druks 1940-2022
Michael Druks, who died in London in April, was a significant figure in Israeli and European conceptual art circles in the 1970s. In the late 1960s, Druks was established as a leading young Israeli artist and decided to travel abroad. He arrived in Europe in the early 1970s, and after a period in Holland, settled in England in 1972 where he lived for the rest of his life and took British citizenship. Druks was known for his conceptual art practice involving video, collage, photography, performance and installation, although in recent years he focused almost exclusively on painting. England & Co worked with Michael for two decades, beginning with his participation in the gallery’s exhibition The Map is Not the Territory in 2002.
‘In Our Hands, Greenham’ at Tate Liverpool
Until 4 September 2022
In Our Hands, Greenham by Tina Keane – acquired by Tate from England & Co in 2020 – has been installed at Tate Liverpool as a featured work in the new exhibition Radical Landscapes which runs until 4 September. The exhibition explores connections – political and ecological – to the landscapes of Britain, including a section focusing on the Greenham Common protests in the 1980s. Keane’s film cebrates the women protesters at the peace camp outside RAF Greenham Common in Berkshire in the early 1980s.
Cecilia Vicuña shares a Golden Lion at Venice
8 March 2022
Cecilia Vicuña and Katharina Fritsch have jointly been awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 59th Venice Biennale. Both artists will be included in the main exhibiton when the biennale opens on 23 May.
Cecilia Vicuña’s monumental Quipu Womb (The story of the Red Thread, Athens), created for documenta 14 in Athens, can be seen installed at Tate Modern, London until 25 March 2022. The work was acquired by Tate from England & Co with the support of the Tate Americas Foundation, Latin American Acquisitions Committee.
Peter King sculptures on loan to ‘Postwar Modern’
Barbican Art Gallery
3 March – 26 June 2022
England & Co have loaned two sculptures from the late 1950s by Peter King to Postwar Modern: New Art in Britain 1945-1965 at the Barbican Art Art Gallery, London. The exhibition, curated by Jane Alison, explores the “art produced in Britain in the wake of a cataclysmic war. Certainty was gone, and the aftershocks continued, but there was also hope for a better tomorrow. These conditions gave rise to an incredible richness of imagery, forms and materials in the years that followed.”
Paule Vezélay: ‘Parisian Abstracts’ in Hungary
Vale, John Aldus (1940-2022)
29 January 2022
England & Co are sad to announce the death last week of the artist John Aldus who exhibited with us in recent years. John, born in Geneva as Gérald Ducimetière, was a French/Swiss sculptor, painter, photographer and multimedia artist. He changed his name to John Aldus in the mid 1990s, and settled in London for the rest of his life.
Over the past six decades, he received many awards, had numerous international exhibitions and created installations for public spaces in Switzerland, Europe and the UK. He said that his main aim throughout his many-faceted practice was to be “engaged in examining the role of art and its mechanisms in contemporary society”.
For his permanent public art commission on London’s Marchmont Street, Bloomsbury, in 2006, Aldus worked closely with the nearby Foundling Museum. He created ‘Tokens’ inspired by the poignant objects left by mothers at the original Foundling Hospital. These were embedded into the fabric of Marchmont Street as a a trail of cast metal shapes, resonant objects for passersby to encounter, engage with and reflect on the past.