A Year in Art: 1973 at Tate Modern
Until 18 October 2020
Cecilia Vicuña‘s Violeta Parra and her Diary of Objects – both acquired from England & Co’s 2013 exhibition of her work – are now on view in A Year in Art: 1973. This display at Tate Modern, London, explores how art was used as a form of protest in response to the 1973 coup d’etat in Chile. The display features materials relating to Artists for Democracy, works by Conrad Atkinson, Francisco Copello, John Dugger, Nicolás Franco, Alfredo Jaar, Lynn MacRitchie and Lotty Rosenfeld, plus a section of arpilleras, textiles made by unknown artists depicting life in Chile.
Pushing Paper at the British Museum
Until 12 Jan 2020
Three significant works on paper acquired from England & Co in recent years for the collection of the British Museum are featured in the exhibition Pushing Paper: Liliane Lijn’s futuristic collage, Hanging/Floating Gardens of Rock City i (1970); Grayson Perry’s early mixed media work on paper, Untitled (c1984); and Stuart Brisley’s Dirty Protest, Armagh (1993), all join works by well-known and emerging artists in a selection chosen from more than 1,500 contemporary works in the Museum’s collection.
This British Museum display and touring exhibition explores how artists have used drawing to examine themes including identity, place and memory, pushing the boundaries of the medium. The museum says that “Pushing Paper marks an important moment for the museum and its contemporary collections.” The exhibition, supported by the Bridget Riley Art Foundation, will tour to four UK venues: the Oriental Museum in Durham, the Pier Arts Centre in Stromness, the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea and the Cooper Gallery in Barnsley.
Pushing Paper: contemporary drawing from 1970 to now, Department of Prints and Drawings Room 90, the British Museum (catalogue).
Satomi Matoba: Travelling Nomansland
12-15 December 2019
Satomi Matoba is a founder and core member of INTERCHANGE, an experimental collaboration of visual media art and improvisational contemporary music initiated in 2007. Her map animation, Travelling Nomansland, is featured in INTERCHANGE: Camera Obscura 13 (Hiroshima City Higashikumin Bunka Centre, Hiroshima, Japan). In the exhibition’s ‘audio and visual playroom’, Matoba’s mapping projection is accompanied by dancers invited to make a live performance in which dance, music and moving images interact with each other using cutting-edge technology.
Eduardo Kac at the Museum of Modern Art, New York
Several works by Eduardo Kac are featured in New York’s newly renovated Museum of Modern Art‘s display of its permanent collection, including Reabracadabra (1985) and works from the Porn Art Movement (1980–82).
Reabracadabra is one of four animated digital poems that Kac created specifically for the Minitel network, the 1980s precursor of the internet. Also on display at MoMA are items from the Porn Art Movement (Movimento de Arte Pornô), which was created by Kac and collaborators in the early 1980s to contest the conservatism of Brazil’s military dictatorship through interventions, poetry, performances and publications, often with a liberating sense of humour. The display of items from the permanent collection includes Kac’s artist’s book Escracho (1983).
Vale, Klaus Friedeberger (1922–2019)
Klaus Friedeberger arrived in Britain in 1939 as a refugee from Berlin. He was soon sent as an internee aboard the Dunera to Australia, where he spent his formative years as an artist before returning to Europe, where he lived and worked in London for the rest of his life. His first one-man exhibition was at Annely Juda’s Hamilton Galleries in 1963. A solo exhibition at England & Co in 2007 focused primarily on his early works in Australia and London and led to acquisitions of several works by the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum.
Cut and Paste – collage in Edinburgh
Until 27 October 2019
Cut and Paste: 400 Years of Collage is a comprehensive and fascinating exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art exploring its history and many practitioners. England & Co has loaned seven works by Gwyther Irwin, Rolf Brandt, James Cant, Jiří Kolář, Michael Druks, JDH Catleugh, and an anonymous pre-modernist work. The exhibition is accompanied by an excellent catalogue by the curator of the exhibition, Patrick Elliott, with additional essays by Freya Gowrley and Yuval Etgar.
Mechanical Echoes: the Typewriter and Artistic Practice
Until 27 October 2019
Early visual poetry by Eduardo Kac is featured in Mechanical Echoes: The Typewriter and Artistic Practice at the Museum of Contemporary Art in São Paulo, Brazil. Curated by Cristina Freire, the exhibition highlights the use of the typewriter by international artists from the 19th and 20th centuries and it includes five of Kac’s works on paper alongside his digital poem Letter (1996). Acquired by the museum in 2014, Letter presents a spiralling cone made of words, visually evoking the creation or destruction of a star. The component texts are composed as fragments of letters written to a single individual, while deliberately conflating the subject positions of grandmother, mother, and daughter, referencing moments of death and birth in the poet’s family.
Jack Bilbo in Brave New Visions at Sotheby’s
17 July – 9 August 2019
Jack Bilbo is represented – as both an artist and gallery director – in the exhibition Brave New Visions at Sotheby’s London that pays tribute to the émigré art dealers who transformed the London gallery scene after arriving in the UK. England & Co have loaned Bilbo’s Black Madonna and material about the gallery Bilbo opened during the war years in London.
Benjamin Creme and the Circle around Jankel Adler
Thursday 11 July, 6.30pm
Gallery director, Jane England, will be giving a talk on Thursday evening at the Ben Uri Gallery and Museum, London. Entitled Benjamin Creme and the Circle of Jankel Adler, it will focus on the work of Glasgow-born artist Benjamin Creme (1922-2016), one of the artists who gathered around the émigré Polish artist Jankel Adler (1895-1949) in Glasgow and London in the 1940s. Two works by Benjamin Creme are included in the museum’s current exhibition, Jankel Adler: A ‘degenerate’ artist in Britain 1940-1949.