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Anne Hardy, TWIN FIELDS (detail), exhibition at The Common Guild, Glasgow, 6 June – 16 August 2015. Courtesy of the artist and Maureen Paley, London. Photographs by Anne Hardy and Angus Mill
Friday Dispatch 26 Jun 2015 By Team

Anne Hardy, fig-2, ICA London and Twin Fields, The Common Guild, Glasgow

The coincidence of two notable solo shows by this London-based artist prompts me to write about Anne Hardy today. If you happened to cross Waterloo bridge last autumn you will have seen part of Hardy’s contribution to the Hayward’s Mirror City exhibition: in addition to an installation inside the gallery, six photographic works were installed as enormous billboards across several of the gallery’s sculpture terraces looking out over the river or on to Waterloo Bridge.

Ben Rivers, Ah, Liberty!, 2008, 16mm anamorphic / black & white / sound, 20 minutes, edition 2/5. Brighton Museum & Art Gallery with Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 2014. Image courtesy of the artist and Kate MacGarry, London
News 23 Jun 2015 By Team

Two Significant Films by Ben Rivers Acquired For Royal Pavilion & Museum, Brighton & Hove, and Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

‘Ah, Liberty!’ (2008) and ‘Origin of The Species’ (2008) both capture contemplative portraits of individuals living at the margins of society.

Martin Boyce, Now I’ve Got Real Worry, For 129 Fear View Lane, You Are Somewhere Inside, White Disaster, 2000. Cranford Collection, London,  Toby Webster, Glasgow, Sammlung Haubrok, Berlin, Sammlung Haubrok, Berlin. Photo: Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Gina Folly
Friday Dispatch 19 Jun 2015 By Team

Postcard from Basel

“Drinking from the fire hose” is the expression that springs to mind to describe the sensation of two days spent at Art Basel. It is the grandest of all the art fairs across the world, the quality, range and scale of the work is astounding; and each year the skies over Basel Mulhouse airport darken with the flocks (flights, squadrons?) of private jets bringing in starry collectors.

Valeria Napoleone. Photo: Michael Leckie
News 12 Jun 2015 By Team

Major New Initiative to Support Female Artists in Public Collections Announced

The Contemporary Art Society and Valeria Napoleone, in partnership with Camden Arts Centre, will launch a major new initiative in April 2016, supporting the acquisition of significant works by female…

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Verses After Dusk; Installation view, Serpentine Gallery (2 June - 13 September 2015); Image © readsreads.info 2015
Friday Dispatch 5 Jun 2015 By Team

Peter Davies RITES at The Approach & Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Verses After Dusk at The Serpentine Gallery

Just to mix things up a bit I am flagging not one but two shows this week.  Both are painting shows and both have opened in the last few days;…

George Shaw, The Boys All Shout For Tomorrow, 2014, Humbrol enamel on board, 56 x 74.5 x 5 cm. Copyright the Artist, courtesy Wilkinson Gallery, London. Photo: Peter White
Friday Dispatch 29 May 2015 By Team

George Shaw at Wilkinson Gallery, London

It is four years since we have had a chance to see a body of new work by George Shaw.  In 2011 he had an enormous solo show at Baltic…

 Richard Wentworth, Twenty Two Small Signs for the Lyric, 2015. Photo – Joe Plommer
News 5 May 2015 By Team

Commissioned Artworks by David Batchelor and Richard Wentworth Unveiled for the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith

Since the initial conception for the capital project there has been a strong desire to incorporate the work of contemporary artists and both commissions have been managed and curated by the Contemporary Art Society

Roman Signer, Slow Movement, installation view,The Curve, Barbican Centre, 4 March – 31 May 2015. Photo © Tristan Fewings / Getty Images
Friday Dispatch 24 Apr 2015 By Team

Friday Dispatch: Roman Signer, Slow Movement, at The Curve, Barbican, London

Roman Signer is not an artist over-familiar to UK audiences: he had shows at Camden Arts Centre in 2001 and Edinburgh’s lovely Fruitmarket Gallery in 2007, but shows far more regularly…

Conrad Shawcross, Three Perpetual Chords, 2015. Copyright the artist. Photo: Trevor Moore
Friday Dispatch 17 Apr 2015 By Team

Conrad Shawcross, Three Perpetual Chords, Dulwich Park, London

No Friday Dispatch this week due to ill health – but if you are looking for something to do this weekend why not head down to Dulwich Park, tomorrow Saturday…

Ulla von Brandenburg, Curtain, Blue, 2015, tinted fabric, 15 x 5m © the artist. Pilar Corrias' miart Booth, 2015. Courtesy Pilar Corrias, London. Photo: Andrea Rossetti
Friday Dispatch 10 Apr 2015 By Team

miart 2015, Fieramilanocity, Milan

Milan in the springtime is quite lovely.  Narrow yellow trams rattle through the streets, purple wisteria elegantly drapes tall buildings and the population is moving about, seemingly with a general…

CLASSICICITY - Installation View, Breese Little, March 2015. Courtesy Breese Little, London. Photography Tom Horak (1)
Friday Dispatch 27 Mar 2015 By Team

‘CLASSICICITY: Ancient art, contemporary objects’ at Breese Little, London

  Nell Allen, Edward Allington, Maggi Hambling, Richard Hawkins, Rachel Kneebone, Tory Lawrence, Sarah Lucas, Ged Quinn, Ryan M Pfeiffer + Rebecca Walz, Mary Reid Kelley and Alexandre Singh Back…

Contemporary Art Society 2015 Fundraising Gala at Old Billingsgate Market, London on 24 March 2015. From left; Conrad Shawcross; Phoebe Unwin; Valeria Napoleone; Roksanda Ilincic; Justine Picardie; Sir Nicholas Serota; Nicholas Cullinan. Photo: Nick Harvey
News 25 Mar 2015 By Team

Over £213,500 Raised at the Contemporary Art Society Annual Fundraising Gala

25 March 2014 Last night’s Contemporary Art Society Annual Fundraising Gala has raised over £213,500 to benefit the charity’s mission to purchase new works of contemporary art for museums across…

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