December 2011 – January 2012
CAS Recommends ten public or non-profit exhibitions in the UK
Hobson’s Choice: Mhairi Vari at Domobaal
If you have a chance before the Christmas break, do swing by the new exhibition at DOMOBAAL
Contemporary Art Society’s Latest Consultancy Projects
Sneinton Market, Nottingham Our work with Nottingham City Council and Patel Taylor architects led to the appointment of Neville Gabie as lead artist on the regeneration of Sneinton Market Square. The resulting commission Orchard launches in December 2011. Championing the market’s long history as a centre for food production Orchard celebrates the planting of apple trees in the square and more widely as part of the artist’s Apple Tree Adoption Scheme. The project is launched with an event programme on the 9th, 10th and 11th December featuring renowned artists, writers and experts on urban food growing exploring the theme of the Orchard through commissions, exhibitions, screenings, and artist market, feast and symposium. For more details on the programme of events and to book at place on the Symposium click here.
Recent Acquisitions, Gifts and Bequests
Kerry Tribe, The Last Soviet, acquired for the Imperial War Museum, London and John Smith, The Black Tower acquired for the Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
Hobson’s Choice: Gert and Uwe Tobias at Maureen Paley
The new show at Maureen Paley is the first solo presentation in London of the work of the much admired Romanian twin artists, Gert and Uwe Tobias.
Hobson’s Choice: Catherine Opie at Stephen Friedman
Stephen Friedman Gallery has just opened a new exhibition of early and current work by Catherine Opie
Hobson’s Choice: Tomma Abts at greengrassi
Tomma Abts won the Turner Prize in 2006 – one of just a handful of painters in its long history
Hobson’s Choice: Paul Noble at Gagosian, Britannia Street
Paul Noble is well known for his painstakingly detailed pencil drawings of his imaginary metropolis – Nobson Newtown
Available Now: 100 YEARS OF THE CONTEMPORARY ART SOCIETY – WHAT’S NEXT? INSIDE PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
The Contemporary Art Society launch their centenary publication 100 YEARS OF THE CONTEMPORARY ART SOCIETY – WHAT’S NEXT? INSIDE PUBLIC COLLECTIONS at the Contemporary Art Society’s Annual Award for Museums 2011.
Contemporary Art Society’s Latest Consultancy Projects
Consultancy in New York… Inspired by the dynamism of this great city we have curated an important new collection of contemporary work for Aspen’s Madison Avenue office. The collection features painting, video and photography from acclaimed mid-career artists alongside newly discovered work from the art stars of the future. Artists include Ryan McGinley, Mark Dion, Hope Gangloff and Taryn Simon, who has a spectacular exhibition currently at the Tate Modern. Aspen’s corporate collection provides a creative perspective on the world. Held in offices across the globe, in each country the collection represents work from artists living and working in the region. In this way Aspen creates sustainable connections to the local arts ecology – and reflects the unique character of place within the office environment. We are currently working with Aspen on works for their new offices in New Jersey, San Francisco and Zurich. View a selection of the works held in the collecton here.
Artist Cornelia Parker to present the Contemporary Art Society’s Annual Award
The Contemporary Art Society has announced that, the Annual Award, commission to collect will be presented by one of the UK’s most significant artists Cornelia Parker. The reception for the Award will take place in London on 14th November. The winning museum will be awarded £60,000, a generous fund made possible thanks to the Sfumato Foundation, this will enable the winner to work closely with an artist to commission a new work that will, once completed, become part of the permanent collection. This is the largest fund of its type and provides a much needed investment in new art for public collections, as a legacy for the future. Cornelia Parker, who is famed for her beautiful and thought provoking sculptures and most recently for her inspired selection of works from the Government Collection currently showing at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, will present the prize at a ceremony at the German Gymnasium, a hidden architectural gem in the heart of London’s busy Kings Cross area. The winner will have been chosen by a selection panel from an initial long list of 22 and then a shortlist of five museums from across the country. Each shortlisted museum has, over the last 3 months, been developing a detailed proposal with the artist that they have chosen to work with. Having invested so much time and expectation all involved feel that there is much at stake as the panel make their final decision. The Contemporary Art Society Announces the Shortlist for the Annual Award for Museums 2011. The winning museum will receive £60,000 to commission an artist to make a new work for their public collection, generously supported by the Sfumato Foundation. The Shortlist for 2011: • National Museum Wales (Cardiff) with Artes Mundi – Proposal with artist Andrea Büttner • Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery – Proposal with artist Christina Mackie • Shipley Art Gallery – Proposal with artist Matthew Darbyshire • Walker Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool – Proposal with artist Wael Shawky • University of Warwick Art Collection – Proposal with artist Katie Paterson The Selection Panel includes:- Adam Chodzko (Artist), Maurice Davies (Head of Policy, Museums Association), Rosy Greenlees (Director, Crafts Council), Michael Stanley (Director, Modern Art Oxford).
An invitation to debate – What are we worth? Artists and the Economic Crisis
What are we worth? will consider how artists can create income in support of their practice in a period of dramatic economic, social and technological change? It will encourage discussion and debate about how artists can harness their cultural assets and intellectual property – both tangible and intangible – to support their practice financially.