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Installation view of Chris Ofili, The Caged Bird's Song, 2014–2017. Wool, cotton and viscose. Triptych, left and right panels each 280 x 184 cm; centre panel 280 x 372 cm. © Chris Ofili. Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro, London, The Clothworkers’ Company and Dovecot Tapestry Studio, Edinburgh. Photography: Gautier Deblonde
Friday Dispatch 28 Apr 2017 By Christine Takengny

Chris Ofili: Weaving Magic at the National Gallery

The tapestry took five craftsmen and women three years of weaving, using over 250 colours to replicate Ofili’s watercolour sketch on a x800 scale

Guy Moreton, KS02, The Wilderness, Langdale, 2012. Museum framed C-print, 78 x 102 cm. Courtesy: the artist
Recent Acquisitions 26 Apr 2017 By Christine Takengny

Two large-scale photographic works by Guy Moreton acquired for Tullie House Museum, Carlisle

The large-scale photographic works explore the Lake District landscapes that shaped German artist Kurt Schwitter’s final artistic practice, his fourth ‘Merzbau’.

Martine Syms, still from Notes on Gesture, 2015
Artist to Watch 30 Mar 2017 By Christine Takengny

Martine Syms

Her appropriation of found footage, combined with a sophisticated take on 21st century social media communication, give her a very distinct voice, full of humour and energy.

Lubaina Himid, A Fashionable Marriage, 1986. Courtesy artist & Hollybush Gardens. Photo Matthew Birchall & Tao Lashley-Burnley
Friday Dispatch 17 Mar 2017 By Christine Takengny

The Place is Here at Nottingham Contemporary

The question arises why it has taken almost 30 years to gain the visibility that black artists were already fighting for in the 1980s.

Bouchra Khalili, The Mapping Journey Project, 2008-2011. Installation view, 'Here and Elsewhere', New Museum. Courtesy New Museum, New York. Photos Benoit Pailley
Friday Dispatch 10 Feb 2017 By Christine Takengny

Bouchra Khalili at Lisson Gallery, London

Her presentation of ‘counter-geography’, and the power of oral history, can be understood as a means of reclaiming history and space from the perspective of subjects that are situated at the margins of the global order.

Christiana Soulou, In the Prison with the Birds, 1982. Coloured pencil on paper, 18 x 25 cm. Copyright the artist, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London
Friday Dispatch 2 Dec 2016 By Christine Takengny

Christiana Soulou, ‘Sonnet to the Nile’ at Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany

Soulou’s meticulous drawings manage to captivate the viewer with their intensity and precision of line. Within a contemporary art context, they are a rarity.

Installation view of Lothar Götz, Pas de Trois at DOMOBAAL. Photography Andy Keate, courtesy domobaal
Friday Dispatch 28 Oct 2016 By Christine Takengny

Lothar Götz conjures up the theatre in his new show at DOMOBAAL

‘Pas de Trois’ pays tribute to modernist artist Oskar Schlemmer’s iconic dance choreography ‘Triadic Ballet’, which was first performed in Stuttgart in 1922

Pescadora Island. Production shot of The Colony, Dinh Q. Lê,2016. Commissioned by Artangel, Ikon, Birmingham, Han Nefkens H+F Collectionand Proyecto Amil, Lima.Photo courtesy Dinh Q. Lê
Friday Dispatch 30 Sep 2016 By Christine Takengny

The Colony by Dinh Q. Lê, an Artangel Commission

Contrasting the sublime natural landscape with the seemingly everlasting human world of greed and desire makes The Colony a powerfully unsettling and captivating short story about colonialism and its legacy

Courtesy Kate MacGarry Gallery
Artist to Watch 25 Aug 2016 By Christine Takengny

Samson Kambalu

Influenced by Situationism, silent film, and by spiritual rituals practiced in South-East Africa, London based artist Samson Kambalu embraces the subversive potential of non-productive time, the gift economy and the notion of playing.

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.

Detail. Miriam Austin, Prosthetics for Hostile Contexts (Delphinium), 2015.Dimensions variable. Platinum silicone, dried Delphinium, silk thread. Courtesy Oskar Proctor
Artist to Watch 31 Mar 2016 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.

Detail from Gareth Nyandoro, Sneaker Rako Pano! (brand new second hand sneakers for sale!), 2015, Ink on paper, mounted on canvas. Courtesy the artist and Tiwani Contemporary
Artist to Watch 25 Feb 2016 By Christine Takengny

Gareth Nyandoro

Nyandoro has developed a unique technique called ‘Kucheka cheka’ to create his large works that spill out of their two-dimensional frame and into installations on the floor around them.

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