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Joe Namy, Libretto-o-o: A Curtain Design in the Bright Sunshine Heavy with Love, 2017. Site-specific installation, curtain and stereo sound. © Photo: Haupt & Binder
Friday Dispatch 5 May 2017 By Ali MacGilp

Sharjah Biennial, UAE

Now in its thirteenth edition, it has become an important touchstone for the wider region.

Still from Matilda Skelton Mace, Sky Island, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.
Art Consultancy 3 May 2017 By teamcas

Winner of the Aspen Online Art Award creates a virtual world from the unique digital fingerprints of users

The £5,000 commission launched on 3 May 2017

Becky Beasley, Sedum Joy (Double Grave) 2002/2017, Gelatin silverprint, 105x79cm
CAS Recommends 28 Apr 2017 By Marcus Crofton

May 2017

A string of museums along the south coast have fascinating exhibitions opening in May including the Towner in Eastbourne, where Becky Beasley’s new show engages with the work of Eric Ravilious – both residents of East Sussex.

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 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

Sadik Kwaish Alfraji The House That My Father Built (Once Upon A Time) (2010) Multimedia installation consisting of a painting 620 x 400 cm, several ready-mades, photograph, and an animation film projected on a 700 x 900 cm. surface. Installation view at Mathaf - Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar
Artist to Watch 26 Apr 2017 By Ali MacGilp

Sadik Kwaish Alfraji

Mostly working in sombre black and white and with personal source material, Sadik Kwaish Alfraji probes and elucidates the anxiety, loss, fragmentation and lapses in time that underline exile.

Guy Moreton, KS02, The Wilderness, Langdale, 2012. Museum framed C-print, 78 x 102 cm. Courtesy: the artist
Recent Acquisitions 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’.

Theo Eshetu, Atlas Fractured 2017, digital video, installation view, Athens Conservatoire (Odeion), documenta 14, photo: Theo Eshetu
Friday Dispatch 21 Apr 2017 By Ali MacGilp

documenta 14: Learning from Athens

The heady scent of orange blossom pervades the city of Athens in April: a beautiful and unexpected accompaniment to the opening of this year’s documenta exhibition.

Martine Syms at Camden Arts Centre ® Hydar Dewachi
CAS News 20 Apr 2017 By Marcus Crofton

Major work by LA-based artist Martine Syms to be gifted to Leeds Art Gallery through VNXXCAS scheme

The initiative aims to provoke an examination of collecting practice and act as a focal point for debate on gender imbalance in museum collections.

Isabella Martin, North Sea Semaphore, 2017. Commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella. FVU is supported by Arts Council England.
Friday Dispatch 7 Apr 2017 By Caroline Douglas

Somewhere Becoming Sea at Humber Street Gallery, Hull

The installation is crisp and precise, the messaging acute but not hectoring. Hull could gain a great deal from maintaining a space for contemporary art of this calibre.

Installation view – Patrick Hough, And If In A Thousand Years, 2017. Commissioned for Jerwood/FVU Awards 2017: Neither One Thing or Another, supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Film and Video Umbrella. Image: Anna Arca.
Friday Dispatch 31 Mar 2017 By Ali MacGilp

Jerwood/FVU Awards 2017: Neither One Thing or Another

Lawrence Lek and Patrick Hough were this year’s award winners, both responding to the curatorial theme by using pioneering technology to examine a blurring of the line between the real and the artificial.

Richard Long, Full Moon Circle, 2004. Courtesy of Houghton Hall
CAS Recommends 30 Mar 2017 By Marcus Crofton

April 2017

Lord Cholmondeley is following up his sensational James Turrell show at Houghton Hall in 2015 with a major solo exhibition by Richard Long, the artist’s largest since his retrospective at Tate in 2009.

Martine Syms, still from Notes on Gesture, 2015
Artist to Watch 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.

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