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Highlights: Frieze Art Fair (London)

One of the leading international contemporary art fairs, Frieze London, returned to the heart of the UK’s capital, London’s Regent’s Park, for its 12th edition. This year’s event brings together 162 of the world’s top contemporary galleries to the UK and features exhibitors from 25 countries. New York based artist Kaws was heavily present at the Perrotin Gallery, from his giant Companion sculptures to colourful canvases. Artist Carsten Holler transformed the Gagosian booth into a giant and fun playground Kinder Garten, with oversized dice and giant scrabble, where […]
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Showing: Frieze Sculpture Park (London)

Along with the launch of Frieze Art Week in London was the opening of the Frieze Sculpture Park, curated by Clare Lilley, Director of Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Located in the beautiful surroundings of the English Garden, the display of work features contemporary sculptures alongside historical pieces, with new works by both established and emerging artists represented by Frieze London and Frieze Masters exhibitors. This year’s participating artists included Caroline Achaintre, Reza Aramesh, George Condo, Michael Craig-Martin, Martin Creed, Gabriele De Santis, Matt Johnson, KAWS (seen above), […]
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Previews: Andrew Mackenzie – ‘Veined With Shadow Branches’ @ Sarah Myerscough Gallery

Andrew Mackenzie’s connection to his environment is worn plainly on his sleeve. The artist is based in the Scottish Borders, where the nature-rich source imagery for his beautifully rendered oil paintings is found in abundance. His work explores the connectivity between the natural landscape and the built environment, and interestingly all of the oil-painted scenes are given a viewpoint from an edge; be it the edge of a lake, a forest, a road or a mountain. Mackenzie’s work depicts an inclination towards abstraction, and through the […]
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Previews: Faith47 – “Aqua Regalia” @ Moniker Projects

This year’s Moniker Art Fair will include a solo entitled Aqua Regalia by Faith47, set to open on the 9th of October. Using different mediums, including graphite, spray paint, oil paint, ink, photography and collage, she usually paints on found objects or discarded documents, transferring the feel of her mural works. The transparency of her mark making and the texture of finished works give them a sense of age and spirituality. Often mixing religious iconography with ordinary, everyday elements and geometrical objects, her paintings, drawings and sketches seem to have […]
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Studio Visits / Previews: Ludo – ‘The Chaos Theory’ @ Lazarides Rathbone

We popped by the studio of Ludo (interviewed) in Paris as he prepares for his London solo show The Chaos Theory at Lazarides Rathbone. Using his trademark neon green and monochromatic palette, the Frenchman’s new body of work illustrates themes of chaos, through a battalion of futuristic mechanical butterflies. Blending nature and human technology with anatomical and technical precision, Ludo references the accelerated pace of life in which people continually strive to keep up with the ongoing race against the clock. The frail and ephemeral butterfly image has […]
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Showing: Yayoi Kusama – “Pumpkins” @ Victoria Miro

Currently showing in London at Victorio Miro, Pumpkins from Yayoi Kusuma is an exhibition that features one of her most famous motifs. The celebration of the fruit in question was approached from different angles by Kusama, utilizing her various skill sets – paintings, large mosaic sculptures inside the gallery, and bronzes in the water garden. Despite the familiarity of the iconic subject matter for the Japanese artist, the bronzes do represent the first time she has worked in that medium on such a large scale and they alone are […]
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Streets: Living Walls (London)

Moniker Projects and Create teamed up a couple of months ago for Living Walls, a public arts programme for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. The main idea behind this complex project was to create and cover aprox 2.5 km of the fence around the park with world class street art and installations. After their first part of the undertaking titled Your Ad Here, which was completed at the end of April 2014, the team continued by commissioning four artists to created their take on this unique […]
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Openings: Reka & Two One – “Trip The Light” & “Hunted Hunter’s Head” @ StolenSpace

StolenSpace Gallery is opening the new season in London with two concurrent solo shows from Australian artists based in Berlin – Reka (seen above) with a body of work entitled Trip The Light and paintings from Two One’s collectively named Hunted Hunter’s Head. Reka’s fresh paintings are  inspired by his mother, who was a ballerina. His brushstrokes reflect the graceful movements of a female dancer though a monochromatic palette. Referenced in John Milton’s 1645 poem L’Allegro, to “trip the light fantastic” alludes to those who dance without inhibition. In parallel, Reka has given a new […]
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Streets: Phlegm for the Royal Opera House (London)

UK-based artist Phlegm has just finished an outdoor installation (which will be on display until September 28) at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden. We had the opportunity to follow the him as he worked at the piazza entrance for the Festival of Myth, part of a project curated by Minna Moore Ede of the National Gallery and the Royal Ballet. Influenced by the Greek myths Prometheus & Leda and the Swan, cut out wooden panels build an imposing sculptural fortress that stands tall where Phlegm’s signature […]
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Openings: Ian Francis – “Endless Summer” @ Outsiders

Following his exhibition 10,000 Years From Now at Lazarides Rathbone (covered here) back in 2012, the Bristol-based Ian Francis (featured) has returning to London for a solo exhibition Endless Summer at The Outsiders. Blending photorealism with abstract landscapes, the new body of work features a series of same sized intimate studies that encapsulate a collection of multiple narratives and disparate moments in time. Take a look at more photos from the opening below. Photo credit: Butterfly. Discuss this show here. Discuss Ian Francis here.
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