TIME OF CHANGE: In his note to the 1991 print edition of The Shock of the New, the late, great art critic Robert Hughes lamented the inability of television to construct any satisfactory experience of a physical artwork: "the fuller truth about art is in museums, studios, galleries, and books, and cannot be fitted on the screen". With screens of all types dominating our lives today, such a prescient observation from pre-internet time has great resonance, and along with the rest of the artworld I mourn the loss of this true voice.
Over the past year I've been writing to connect readers of this diary to exhibitions across the UK in public and private galleries, collections of art curated by specialists immersed in their passion for art from antiquity to the present day. There has never been a time when I have struggled to find an exhibition which promises to intrigue and inspire, and for that I have gallerists, curators, collectors and above all artists themselves to thank.
As isendyouthis moves in new directions, this diary of art will begin to offer its audiences more control: options to shape the landscape and opportunities to direct the sharing of information online. Collaboration has always been the core of my ambition and I will be watching with interest as isendyouthis guides its audience and participants towards this end.
It's been a grand endeavour on a modest scale, and I've enjoyed every minute. This week's diary is no exception in its selection of great moments in galleries right across the UK. I can only urge you to look so that you might see and feel differently. In the presence of art, this world slows to a different beat; when you step into a gallery, other worlds come into view.
I'll see you there.
Kate Jago / firstname.lastname@example.org
| ||George Shaw and Michael Landy - Edgelands |
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Edgelands has been defined as that uncertain and overlooked zone, neither city nor countryside, lingering on the urban edge. George Shaw's series, Twelve Short Walks, 2005, is drawn from revisited scenes of his childhood on the Tile Hill council estate in the suburbs of Coventry. Michael Landy's Nourishment, 2002, features life-sized images of weeds, or 'street-flowers' - the overlooked and neglected vegetation of Edgelands.
| ||FBA Futures |
Mall Galleries, London
21/08/2012 to 25/08/2012
Open 10am - 5pm daily (closes 3pm on final day)
FBA Society members, together with staff and the Academic Board, present their pick of this year's graduates, highlighting the potential future of the Federation, in the new Threadneedle Space. Work was chosen from a number of schools including Kingston University, Norwich College of the Arts, The Art Academy and University of the Arts, London.
| ||Modern Chinese ink paintings |
Forty works on display ranging from landscapes in brilliant colours, moonscapes in paper montage and stunning visions of nature to statements of friendship or political dissent in calligraphy and caricature. These beautiful and inspiring pieces showcase the vitality and visual power of modern Chinese ink painting. Free admission.
| ||Turps Banana |
Open Monday to Friday: 10-6pm
An exhibition to raise funds for the TURPS ART SCHOOL. Turps will open the doors of its new art school based in Bermondsey this September. The one-year course aims to provide an intense mentoring structure for committed painters and, as well as a back to basics approach, Turps will have the support and involvement of some of the most illustrious painters who have worked with the magazine during the publication of 11 issues.
| ||Alfred Kubin - The Other Side |
Haunting drawings of death, trauma and fantastical creatures inhabiting imaginary worlds sprung from Alfred Kubin’s pen at the beginning of the 20th century. His work, executed in a delicate, atmospheric ink wash technique, anticipated some of the horrors of the First World War, and the following decades, at a time when Europe’s empires were toppling. His exquisite, yet nightmarish black and white drawings came from his own imagination, or from illustrating works by writers like Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Edgar Allan Poe.
| ||Clare Woods - The Dark Matter |
Southampton City Art Gallery
12/07/2012 to 02/09/2012
Open 10am-5pm; free admission.
The show features a number of new paintings made especially for Southampton City Art Gallery. Some derive from photographs then drawings of the land; including standing stones, ditches, roots or pools. Using oil paint on aluminium, Woods creates controlled layers of intense paint that form images where colours and shapes swim together to create less recognisable and more abstract forms. Woods, Southampton born, has also selected artworks from the Gallery’s permanent collection, many of which inspired her during visits to the Gallery as a child.
| ||Graham Gussin - In and out, back and forth |
New Art Centre Sculpture Park and Gallery
Salisbury SP5 1BG
30/06/2012 to 09/09/2012
Open 7 days a week: 11am - 4pm
Graham Gussin is renowned for using diverse media, including text, photography, drawing, film and installation, to explore perceptions of time and space. He has been influenced by images and literary narratives, conceptual art and popular culture, especially cinema, as well as Romanticism and the notion of the sublime exemplified in the paintings of Caspar David Friedrich, which makes his work perfectly suited to the Gallery at Roche Court in its parkland setting.
| ||Annemarie O’Sullivan - Cluster |
A basket maker whose work ranges from small-scale domestic objects through to larger-scale woven forms, O’Sullivan makes her constructions outdoors. Cluster is a large-scale installation comprising a series of woven sculptures that allow the visitor to move in and around them. Combined with the architecture of the building, the work creates both a social space and a place of quiet contemplation.
| ||Stanley Spencer - Earthly Paradise |
Stanley Spencer Gallery
Cookham SL6 9SJ
Open Thursday to Sunday: 11.00 am - 4.30 pm
The stunning early and late Self Portraits, two of Spencer's most dramatic paintings, and a fine Portrait of his patron, Viscount Astor, which has rarely been shown before in public, are included in the Gallery's 50th Anniversary exhibition. Mending Cowls, Cookham and St Francis and the Birds are two other local scenes depicting Spencer's visions of heaven in Cookham. Also in the exhibition is the only tapestry produced from a painting by Spencer, Chestnuts. We are most grateful to Tate and to the private lenders of these works as well as the many other long term lenders to the gallery whose works are included in this exhibition.
| ||Tracey Emin - She lay down deep beneath the sea |
Turner Contemporary, Margate
26/05/2012 to 23/09/2012
The exhibition explores themes of love, sensuality and romanticism in Emin's oeuvre, featuring both new and existing works including drawings, monoprints, sculptures and neons.
Auguste Rodin's iconic sculpture The Kiss is on show at Turner Contemporary until 2 September 2012.
| ||Cornwall Design Fair |
Penzance TR20 8TJ
17/08/2012 to 19/08/2012
Open Fri and Sat: 11am-6pm; Sun: 11am -4pm
Eighty-five designer-makers showcased in the beautiful grounds of Trereife House - furniture, interior products, ceramics, glass, lighting, jewellery, textiles and accessories. Also daily programme of workshops, and home-made produce available.
Tickets: £6, children free. (Image: design by Sam Pickard)
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