2016

John Deakin, Portrait of Francis Bacon c. 1962. © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved. DACS 2016. Photo: John Deakin
CAS Recommends 22 Apr 2016 By Marcus Crofton

May 2016

In Birmingham John Stezaker curates an exhibition of his own based around Sir Anthony van Dyck’s last self-portrait, whilst Tate Liverpool opens three unmissable shows at once on 18 May.

Puppets by Franciszka Themerson for KUNG UBU, Marionetteatern, Stockholm, 1964 Photo: Valerie Bennett
Friday Dispatch By Caroline Douglas

Karl Holmqvist, READ DEAR, and Franciszka & Stefan Themerson, Books, Camera, Ubu at Camden Arts Centre

A brilliantly complementary pair of exhibitions featuring artists with a shared love of language.

Lisa Oppenheim, Landscape Portraits (Sassafras) (Version I), 2016. Set of four silver gelatin prints in Sassafras frames, Quadriptych: each part: 61 x 61 cm. Courtesy the artist and The Approach, London.
Artist to Watch 20 Apr 2016 By Christine Takengny

Lisa Oppenheim

Oppenheim delves into the history of photography and redefines its laws of materiality using new technologies.

Hayley Tompkins, Untitled, 2015, Acrylic on found object, Acrylic paint on cotton, 51 x 18 x 10 cm, 59 x 19 x 1.5 cm. Image courtesy of the artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow
News By Elizabeth Brooke

Two sculptural works by Hayley Tompkins acquired for Touchstones Rochdale

The acquisition of ‘Untitled’ (2015) and ‘Chair’ (2013) supports the museum’s ongoing programme of using contemporary art to newly contextualise and reinvigorate elements of their social history collection

Yelena Popova, Drying Time, 2014, exhibition view.
Art Consultancy 18 Apr 2016 By Lanny Walker

Yelena Popova wins NWCD Health Centre commission

Popova’s practice encompasses painting, video and installation, and all her work is tied together by an interest in exploring the concept of balance, whether in politics, representation, or in our relationship with machines.

Sheila Hicks, Tramway, installation view at Glasgow International Festival, 2016. Photo: © Ruth Clark
Friday Dispatch 15 Apr 2016 By Caroline Douglas

Postcard from Glasgow International Festival

This latest edition of the festival is a reminder, as if it were necessary, of why Glasgow is such an important international centre for visual art.

Channa Horwitz , 'Time Structure Composition III, Sonakinatography I', 1970, Casein paint on graph paper. Courtesy Estate of Channa Horwitz. Photo by Timo Ohler
Friday Dispatch 8 Apr 2016 By Caroline Douglas

Channa Horwitz at Raven Row, London

For anyone who may have come across her work for the first time at the 2013 Venice Biennale, or last year at the Tinguely Museum in Basel as part of Haroon Mirza’s collaborative exhibition, this is at last an opportunity to grasp Horowitz’ project in greater depth.

Dan Flavin, “monument” for V. Tatlin (1966) Cool white fluorescent light. 10 ft. (305 cm) high © 2016 Stephen Flavin/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Courtesy of David Zwirner, New York/London.
CAS Recommends 31 Mar 2016 By Marcus Crofton

April 2016

If you missed Prem Sahib’s acclaimed exhibition at the ICA last year the Grand Union gallery in Birmingham is opening a solo show by the artist this month. Birmingham also sees one of the great American minimalists of the Twentieth century come to Ikon Gallery – Dan Flavin.

Detail. Miriam Austin, Prosthetics for Hostile Contexts (Delphinium), 2015.Dimensions variable. Platinum silicone, dried Delphinium, silk thread. Courtesy Oskar Proctor
Artist to Watch By Christine Takengny

Miriam Austin

Austin creates stunning sculptural objects that possess an enchanting and impending presence, whilst also retaining a peaceful quality in their idle state.

Pupils from Avenue Primary School in Newham with Lanny Walker of the Contemporary Art Society
Art Consultancy 30 Mar 2016 By Lanny Walker

Aspen Art Collection opens up

CAS Consultancy hosted the annual Place to Be and Aspen Art Day, which engages school children with the art collection held at their Fenchurch Street offices.

Elizabeth Price, 'A RESTORATION', 2016, two screen HD video installation, 18:36 min. Courtesy of the artist and MOT International, London & Brussels. Made in response to the collections and archives of the Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers museums, commissioned as part of the Contemporary Art Society Annual Award for Museums. Produced in partnership with the Pitt Rivers Museum and The Ruskin School of Art
Friday Dispatch 18 Mar 2016 By Caroline Douglas

Elizabeth Price, A RESTORATION, the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Elizabeth Price’s unique way of addressing her subject renders it intellectually thrilling, as well as physically exhilarating to experience

Mark Wallinger, ID, installation view, Hauser & Wirth London, 2016. Photo: Ken Adlard. © Mark Wallinger. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth.
Friday Dispatch 11 Mar 2016 By Caroline Douglas

Mark Wallinger, ID, at Hauser & Wirth, London

Wallinger’s genius is to take the seemingly banal and use it to jerk us out of the everyday towards a more acute understanding of where we stand, in the great scheme of things. That he does this with such humour and lightness of touch is what makes the work so enormously rewarding

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