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.
Anne Bean-Louisa Buck interview
7 January 2022
As part of the series 40 Years: 40 Artists, marking the 40th anniversary of a-n, The Artists Information Company’s newsletter, the distinguished British writer and broadcaster Louisa Buck interviews Anne Bean.
Anne Bean and The White Room
Sit-in #2: To Be Potential
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee
3 December 2021 – 19 February 2022
Hatton Gallery, Newcastle University
5 March – 21 May 2022
This exhibition and event project navigates and extends experiments in art education and alternative educational initiatives from the early 20th century to the present.
One of several featured projects, ‘The White Room’ experiment, was instigated by artist and tutor Rita Donagh with a group of students at the Fine Art Department at Reading University in May 1970. At the centre of the experiment was a consideration of the figure of the life model, and a question of what could happen in a ‘life room’ at a time when art education was subject to radical changes.
The White Room/Drawing Life (1970), a series of collage works from ‘The White Room’ by Anne Bean, together with reconstructed elements and ephemera, is accompanied by a newly commissioned audio work The Ballad of the White Room by Anne Bean, Graham Challifour, Rita Donagh and Rod Melvin.
Anne Bean: Elles x Paris Photo
November 2021 and continuing online
Anne Bean has been selected for Elles x Paris Photo. For this edition in 2021, Nathalie Herschdorfer, an art historian and curator specialising in the history of photography, spotlighted a selection of works – both online and at Paris Photo itself – by women artists and the galleries that support them.
Elles x Paris Photo is a programme initiated in 2019 in partnership with the French Ministry of Culture and supported by Women In Motion, a Kering programme focused on women artists and their contribution to the history of photography.
Tina Keane: In Our Hands, Greenham
15 – 24 October 2021
Studio Voltaire, London
Tina Keane\’s In Our Hands, Greenham will be screened at Studio Voltaire as part of Conal McStravick\’s project, Desperate Living: Queer Care Camp that aims by generating \”collaborative outcomes and public events, the project will explore how past, present and future care can provide tools for our current social, political and ecological crises, and hopes.\”