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Royal Childhood - Buckingham Palace

Royal Chilhood catalogue

Exhibition preview

THIS year’s exhibition at the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace – Saturday, July 26 to Sunday, September 28, 2014 – is entitled Royal Childhood.

From well-loved toys and treasured family gifts to tiny childhood outfits, this special exhibition will give an unprecedented glimpse into life as a young member of the royal family growing up at Buckingham Palace.

Spanning more than 250 years, Royal Childhood brings together objects from the Royal Collection, the Royal Archives and the private collections of members of the Royal Family. It will also include previously unseen photographs and film footage.

The exhibition will bring together both family and official gifts presented to royal children, as well as the outfits worn by young princes and princesses.

Also on display will be the spectacular silver-gilt Lily Font, commissioned by Queen Victoria for the christening of her first daughter Princess Victoria in 1841 and used at almost all major royal baptisms since.

A number of The Queen’s childhood toys will also be on display, including a pink tea set in the shape of a rabbit, a set of Knockemdown Ninepins and a wicker pram that the two-year-old Princess Elizabeth enjoyed pushing around the gardens of 145 Piccadilly, her family home until the age of ten.

These will be displayed alongside a range of toys, from jigsaws to train sets, many enjoyed by generations of royal children.

A catalogue (pictured) by Anna Reynolds and Lucy Peter will be available soon.

For more information visit www.royalcollection.org.uk/exhibitions/royal-childhood.

Spring 2014 Decorative Fair

Greta Garbo by Andy Warhol (1928-1987).

Event preview

THIS year’s spring Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair runs at Battersea Evolution from April 29 to May 4, 2014.

Interior designers and private buyers will descend on the second Decorative Fair of the year, the Spring edition, which features a foyer selling display, ‘Using Textiles as Art’, curated by exhibitor Molly Hogg.

One hundred and forty dealers will be exhibiting from the UK and Europe, showing their latest exciting finds: from antique garden seating and decoration to upholstered furniture, modernist design to traditional fine art, vintage crystal and jewellery to wall lights and mirrors.

Fine and decorative antique English and Continental furniture and accessories are the backbone of the Fair.

‘In the know’ buyers who are regularly seen at the Fair include Sir Paul Smith, Ben de Lisi, Christopher Bailey, Patrick Cox, Howard Hodgkin, Charles Saatchi, Cath Kidston, Alex and Olga Polizzi, Annabel Elliot, Kelly Hoppen, Nicky Haslam, Veere Grenney, John Minshaw, Colefax & Fowler, Anthropologie, Soho House, Hackett and Ralph Lauren Retail.

Amongst a number of new participants at the Spring Fair are: AB Antiquo (by appointment Northants) with ancient Chinese ceramic artefacts; Covelli-Tennant (London) vintage textiles to create bespoke upholstery and cushions; Hayloft Mid Century (Derbyshire) a fine selection of English & Danish post war design; Haynes Fine Art (Broadway, Worcs) the UK’s largest regional art dealer, brings modern & contemporary works.

Luke Honey (London) presents a gent’s retreat; board games, curios & decorative pieces; Morris & Ling (Bristol) with decorative antiques, design, vintage jewellery and objects; No1 Lewes (E Sussex, a Young Gun) decorative antiques for the modern family home, practical pieces pre-1920 and a touch of rustic industrial; Henry Saywell (Lillie Road London) who exhibits under his own name for the first time (formerly as 52 Meters) with 20th century design; and La Maison London, French antique painted and traditional furniture.

For more information, visit www.decorativefair.com/.

Image Info: Greta Garbo by Andy Warhol (1928-1987), a hand signed, colour offset lithograph. In July 1962, Warhol discovered the process of silk screening. This technique uses a specially prepared section of silk as a stencil, allowing one silk-screen to create similar patterns multiple times. He immediately began making paintings of celebrities. Warhol would use this style for the rest of his life. New Exhibitor: Haynes Fine Art.

Times: The Fair opens on Tuesday, April 29 at 12pm and then daily from 11am until Sunday, May 4.

Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London, SW11

Vikings Live from the British Museum

Vikings: life and legend

Event preview

AT 7pm on Thursday, April 24, 2014, the British Museum, supported by BP, will present Vikings Live from the British Museum to just under 400 cinemas across the UK.

Vikings Live will offer cinema audiences an exclusive live guided tour of the BP exhibition Vikings: life and legend, the British Museum’s first major exhibition on the Vikings in over 30 years.

Vikings Live will be introduced by the Museum’s Director, Neil MacGregor, and presented by the celebrated television historians, Michael Wood and Bettany Hughes.

Exhibition curator, Gareth Williams, and leading world experts will take cinema audiences through the exhibition, getting up close to objects and exploring the global contacts, ships and swords, burials and beliefs of the Viking Age as well as examining the Vikings’ enduring language and legacy.

The live broadcast will be followed by Viking Adventures from the British Museum, also supported by BP, a pre-recorded cinema event on June 5 for schools and families.

The exhibition and cinema broadcasts focus on the core period of the Viking Age, from the late 8th century to the early 11th century. The extraordinary Viking expansion from the Scandinavian homelands during this era created a cultural network with contacts from the Caspian Sea to the North Atlantic, and from the Arctic Circle to the Mediterranean. Warfare and warrior identity are at the centre of what it meant to be a Viking and contact with other lands was often violent.

Objects include recently excavated skeletons from a mass grave of executed Vikings in Dorset, armour and weapons. But there is also fine jewellery, sculpture and metalwork which was traded as well as raided across the globe.

At the centre of the exhibition and Vikings Live is Roskilde 6, the longest Viking ship ever found (pictured). See also our Vikings: life and legend Gallery.

Her Majesty Margrethe II of Denmark talks about the grandeur of these ships which bore her ancestors Harald Bluetooth and Svein Forkbeard, while Kristiane Straetkvern, conservator at the National Museum of Denmark, will talk about the exciting find, excavation and conservation of the ship timbers found in a Danish harbour.

Renowned yachtsman Robin Knox-Johnston will re-live his transatlantic voyage testing Viking navigation. During the broadcast craftsmen from the National Maritime Museum will construct the prow of a great Viking ship to show what made these vessels so spectacular – built for speed, endurance and shaped for terrifying beauty.

A replica ship will be installed in front of the Museum and as the evening darkens, a Viking burial will start to take shape, culminating in an elaborate theatrical boat burial lit by flaming torches carried by Viking warriors.

The broadcast will also explore how through our languages, our poetry, our names and place names – even our DNA – we can see how many of us are connected across time to the Vikings. With practical demonstrations and stunning close-up photography of the Viking objects in the exhibition, the broadcast of Vikings Live will be a reminder of how the Vikings have shaped our modern lives.

Viking Adventures from the British Museum will be a lively and interactive film which has been designed for a schools and family audience. Schools will be able to visit their local cinemas on Thursday, June 5, 2014, and other dates on demand, and selected cinemas will show Viking Adventures as a family show throughout the summer.

Viking Adventures will be tailor-made for 7-11 year olds keen to discover more about life in the Viking Age. The show will support a broad range of national curriculum Key Stage 2 subjects, including history, geography, English, art and design, design technology and RE.

This cinema event will build on the success of last year’s Pompeii Live for schools and will be presented by CBBC presenter, Ed Petrie, who presented Pompeii Live for schools, and Sonali Shah who presented BBC’s Newsround for five years.

More2Screen has been appointed by the British Museum to distribute Vikings Live as Vikings from the British Museum and Viking Adventures from the British Museum to all international territories excluding the UK and Ireland. More2Screen distributed the British Museum’s first cinema broadcast last year, Pompeii from the British Museum which has so far been screened in over 1,000 cinemas worldwide.

The screenings of Vikings Live will bring the exhibition to a wider audience who are not able to see the exhibition in London and our partnership with More2Screen will extend our audience to the world.

Vikings: life and legend continues at the British Museum until June 22, 2014.

Colin Halliday - En Plein Air - GX Gallery

Summer Hedgerow by Colin Halliday

Exhibition preview

GX Gallery is presenting an exhibition of new works by the landscape painter Colin Halliday and it will be on display from April 26 to May 15, 2014.

Ranging from petite studies to expansive canvases, the paintings on display show a painter whose work has developed over the years, with particular growth in the last few months.

Made across the last year, the works are responses to the landscapes encountered in Derbyshire and around the UK.

From the tree-lined rivers leading to stone walled fields and kingly oaks to the expansive valleys of Cumbria, these are startlingly beautiful canvasses which merge the triumphs of 20th Century abstraction with the splendour of the British Landscape.

Halliday was born and brought up in Carlisle where he studied Foundation in Fine Art and then a BA. He moved to London but is now living in Derbyshire. It was in the wake of his move from the city that he began to focus on landscapes – with a series of work devoted to the surroundings of his Cumbrian studio and the Lake District.

Looking back to earlier urban scenes capturing the city and industry, often compared to that of Turner, was a sign off what was to come – merging a virtuoso handling of paint with an evocative capturing of place.

Like Claude Monet before him, Halliday paints impasto scenes ‘plein air’ – allowing him to deconstruct and reconstruct the original landscapes with increasing confidence. Be it in his brooding storm clouds or light lyrical landscapes, he succeeds in capturing something of the particularity of the depicted place whilst pointing towards something more universal. These are not portraits of a particular scene so much as meditations upon our experience of place in general.

The canvases are alive with a broad range of marks and gestures – our focus drawn between the poetic scenes and the array of marks from which they are rendered, between representation and abstraction. Here we see Halliday processing a broad range influence, from painters like Vincent Van Gogh or Lucian Freud and Edward Seago through to colourists like Samuel John Peploe and Wolf Kahn. These are canvasses alive with visual incidence.

This most recent body of work sees Halliday working on an unprecedented scale and with an increasingly vivid sense of gesture. Pursuing exciting new formats and challenges, the exhibition promises to reveal the excitement that a new generation of painters have to offer the venerable tradition of landscape painting.

Gallery Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9:30am – 6pm.

GX Gallery, 43 Denmark Hill, Camberwell, London, SE5 8RS

Website: www.gxgallery.com/

Senaka Senanayake at Grosvenor Gallery

Lorakeets, 2014, 152 x 152cm. (59 x 59in.)

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FROM June 19 to July 11, 2014, Grosvenor Gallery is presenting an exhibition featuring works by Sri Lanka’s pre-eminent artist Senaka Senanayake (b.1951).

Senanayake achieved early fame as a child prodigy, whose work was first exhibited in Colombo in the late 1950s. He then held his first international one man show in New York at the age of ten. He continued to paint and as a teenager held numerous exhibitions in Sri Lanka as well as Europe, the USA and Asia.

It was after he received formal training at Yale University, where he studied Art and Architecture, that he decided to dedicate his life to painting. After graduating he moved back to Sri Lanka, where he has since established himself as one of the region’s most important living artists.

His recent work is inspired by the plight of the Sri Lankan rainforests, many of which have been subject to intense deforestation to make way for tea-plantations. Senanayake comments: “My main focus is on the endangered flora and fauna in our rainforests. In 2005 I visited a rainforest in Sri Lanka, which had became my muse for many of my shows”.

Visiting the artist’s house in Colombo it is easy to see from where Senanayake draws inspiration for his wonderfully vibrant canvases. His studio is next to the house in which he grew up, and is surrounded by a lush tropical garden, full of exotic plants which attract colourful birds and iridescent insects.

When discussing his work the artist sayss: “I could have shown the negative aspects of destruction, such as people and animals dying, but I try to do happy, positive paintings.”

One of Senanayake’s objectives is to establish a connection with everyone who encounters his work. “Many times, people walk by a piece of art and don’t respond… I want my paintings to talk. Everyone from a street sweeper to a university professor should be able to relate to my art.”

Each of his canvases takes between 2 – 3 weeks to complete. Layer upon layer of paint is added, creating an incredible depth to the colours and imparting a rich feel to the works which appear to have an almost luminescent quality to them.

The artist’s last show in London was in 1980, at the Upper Grosvenor Gallery. Since then he has held successful exhibitions around the world, most recently in India.

Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:30am – 5:30pm; Saturdays (by appointment only) 12 – 4pm; Sundays closed.

Grosvenor Gallery, 21 Ryder Street, London, SW1Y 6PX

Tel: +44 (0)20 7484 7979

Website: www.grosvenorgallery.com/

From May 8 to May 30, 2014, Grosvenor Gallery is hosting an exhibition of new paintings by the acclaimed Indian artist TV Santhosh.

Elizabeth Neel - New Painting and Sculpture at Pilar Corrias, London

Elizabeth Neel, Workers Work, 2013 © The artist. Courtesy Pilar Corrias, London.

Exhibition preview

THE People, the Park, the Ornament, an exhibition of new paintings and sculptures by American artist Elizabeth Neel, will be on display at Pilar Corrias, London from May 1 to June 21, 2014.

Visual studies in controlled chaos, the works display Neel’s continued interest in the theme of the psychological undercurrent and friction between the individual and the “landscape,” be it natural, urban, ideological or emotional.

Neel sources anonymous images via the Internet that reflect a ‘specific real world subject matter’. The ‘specific’ that Neel references can range from the texture of a feather, to the luminosity of an x-ray, to the flatness of an evolutionary diagram.

There is an exuberant brutality in the gestural rendering of the work as well as in its dealings with the abjection of nature and death. The intensity of pigments recalls both bodily fluids and manufactured substitutes for natural phenomena.

In this particular group of works, Neel makes use of dominant primary colour by way of calling into question the boundaries between a sign or a model and the substance or conglomeration for which it stands.

In her paintings, shapes hover and move across the surface while pieces of tape, placed and torn away at points of tension, appear to pull the image back onto the canvas, emphasizing location, gravity, and speed. Painterly gestures hint at the linguistic and narrative potential of abstraction.

They act as part of diverse index of marks always visibly present in the work, a language filtered through a series of conditions, contingencies and moods that remark on the recognisable as both abstraction and representation.

Neel’s sculptures examine her concerns with the brutality inherent in existence through a three-dimensional plane, utilising wood, steel, cast objects, clay and colour.

Her interest in the notion of the ‘model’ and the ‘diagram’ here takes the form of a floor sculpture in which routes, relationships, scale, and material refer to the body and the environment in an exploration of what Michel Foucault terms, in his book The Order of Things, as the ‘murmur of analogies’.

Objects attached to an L shaped steel bar imply adornment, punctuation and circuitry. Cast objects such as cherries and a domestic animal skull supply examples of 1:1 scale, while organic shapes, a blue piece of clay, flat black painted plywood cut with a jigsaw and derived from shapes in Neel’s paintings, lie prone and propped up, insisting on their own abstraction and ambiguity of scale.

This sculpture relies on these shifting levels of familiarity to create a set of reverberating correspondences between the objects and the paintings in the exhibition.

Born in 1975, Elizabeth Neel lives and works in New York.

Pilar Corrias, 54 Eastcastle Street, London, W1W 8EF

Website: www.pilarcorrias.com/

Nicole Farhi to exhibit debut sculpture series at Bowman Sculpture

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NICOLE Farhi will present her first series of sculptures, From the Neck Up, at London’s Bowman Sculpture from September 16 to October 3, 2014.

Farhi was tutored and mentored by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, one of the most important and inventive British sculptors of the twentieth century. In this exhibition, Farhi has created an idiosyncratic series comprising twelve busts of famous names from the worlds of art, fashion, stage and screen.

Works in the show include busts of actors Dame Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Helena Bonham Carter; playwright Tom Stoppard; Anna Wintour, editor of Vogue; and artists Lucien Freud, Francis Bacon and Eduardo Paolozzi. These representational works will be shown alongside a series of more abstract sculptures.

Farhi has been sculpting for almost 30 years, throughout her career as a fashion designer, and full-time for the past three years. This exhibition at Bowman Sculpture marks her first ever in a gallery space.

Nicole Farhi says: “The human face has always greatly interested me. I have a rather good memory for faces, even if in life I have seen them only once or twice as in the case of Freud and Bacon. Most of the time producing a portrait requires a rapport between the artist and the sitter. The true character of the person will come through these repeated sessions.

“Usually my sitters will come to the studio to be photographed or I will go to them. I will then start building an armature and after a few hours sculpting in clay the structure of the face will appear or not… Once I have the structure the true character will follow – sometimes days later, weeks, sometimes months.”

Bowman Sculpture is the foremost gallery in the world for sculpture by Auguste Rodin. The gallery starts its sculptural journey with European Romantic sculpture of the 19th century, dealing in the masters of this period such as Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, Albert- Ernest Carrier-Belleuse and Aimé-Jules Dalou through to the Impressionist, Modern and Cubist sculpture of Edgar Degas, Henri Laurens and Ossip Zadkine. They specialise in the work of the English New School sculptors including Alfred Gilbert, Lord Frederic Leighton and Alfred Drury.

Bowman Sculpture also exhibits the best of 20th century sculpture, particularly Modern British, including Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Elizabeth Frink, Kenneth Armitage and Eduardo Paolozzi. In addition, the gallery represent contemporary artists including Helaine Blumenfeld OBE, Hanneke Beaumont, Johannes von Stumm PRBS and Yves Dana.

Opening Times: Monday to Friday, 10am to 6pm. Saturday by appointment only. Closed Sundays and public bank-holidays.

Bowman Sculpture, 6 Duke Street, St James’s, London, SW1Y 6BN

Phillip Lai: Besides - Camden Arts Centre

Phillip Lai: Besides

Exhibition preview

BESIDES, an exhibition of works by Phillip Lai, will be on display at Camden Arts Centre from April 11 to June 15, 2014.

London-based artist Phillip Lai will respond to the space of Gallery 3 with new sculptural works. He is known for a diverse practice often emphasising spatial experience, situation and encounter as materials.

A sense of itinerancy and estrangement are always present in his work, triggered by a particular use of familiar objects. These are often arranged incongruously or reproduced, pushing them to the point of abstraction and activating different ways of experiencing them.

The new works in this exhibition propose states of enclosure and containment, reflection and symmetry, as well as modes of inhabitation.

Lai’s new commission for Camden extends ideas from his recent work, such as Co-presence (2012) in which swathes of jute fabric are hung over a suspended rope line as if in a work-type space.

A kind of occupancy of place is proposed by the subtle exaggeration of this apparently habitual or offhand arrangement, with cymbals hanging at intervals marking the potential for noise, disobedience and play. The disruptive effect of these contrary aesthetics introduces implausible moments that unexpectedly open it up to our imaginative involvement.

Also at Camden Arts Centre: an exhibition of work by Canadian artist Moyra Davey.

Opening Times: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am – 6pm; Wednesdays late, 10am – 9pm; closed Mondays.

Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road, London, NW3 6DG

Tel: +44 (0)20 7472 5500

Website: www.camdenartscentre.org/

Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival

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ON SUNDAY, May 11, 2014, the 39th Annual Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival will be held in the garden of St Paul’s Church – the actors’ church – near the spot where Samuel Pepys first saw Mr Punch in England in May 1662.

Punch and Judy Professors and Puppeteers from all over the country will be coming to perform throughout the day. Everyone is invited to go along and enjoy the shows and celebrate the art of puppetry on Mr Punch’s 352nd birthday.

PROGRAMME

11am – Grand Procession around the neighbourhood of Covent Garden starting in the Church garden, led by the Superior Brass Band with a birthday toast to Mr Punch by the commemorative plaque on the church wall in the Piazza.

12noon – Special Church Service with the Rev Simon Buckley and Mr Punch in the Pulpit.

12.30pm to 5.30pm – Punch and Judy and Puppet Shows, Puppet Workshops, Stalls, Refreshments, Folk Music by The Lost Marbles String Band, Maypole Dancing and Clowns.

The British Puppet and Model Theatre Guild, The Punch and Judy Fellowship, The College of Punch and Judy Professors, The Puppet Centre Trust and The Union Internationale de la Marionette will all be represented.

There will be stalls run by community groups from all over Westminster and Camden together with the Covent Garden Community Association, and refreshments provided by the Food Chain.

Punch and Judy Professors, Puppeteers and Entertainers attending include:

Bryan Clarke, Geoff Felix, Chris Gasper, Glyn Edwards, The Battey Family, Randolph the Remarkable, Peter Charlton, Gingernutt the Clown, Pete Maggs, Alix Booth, James Bradley, Harvey Wood, Paul Tuck & Les King, Richard Robinson, John Thursby, Gary Trimby, Peter Dann, Salvo, Joseph Peek, Paul Jackson, David Wilde, Clive Chandler, James Arnott, Katie Wilde…

…Joe Burns, Benjamin Hasker, Jacques Devinne (France), Jhess Knight, Jon Mckenna, Hakim Iguedlane (Algeria), Martyn Cooper, Chris Shirley Smith, Outside Puppets (France and Italy), Adrienne Press, David Leech, Fagner Gastaldon, Paul Goddard, Brian Baggs, Gary Wilson, Donna Maria’s Maypole Spectacular, The Lost Marbles String Band, and many more….

Venue: St. Paul’s Church Garden, Bedford Street, WC2E 9ED.

Admission: Free.

T.V Santhosh at Grosvenor Gallery

Untitled | 2013 | Oil on canvas | 60.9 x 76.2 cm. (24 x 30 in.)

Exhibition preview

GROSVENOR Gallery is hosting an exhibition of new paintings by the acclaimed Indian artist TV Santhosh, in collaboration with The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai. It will be on dispay from May 8 to May 30, 2014.

The images I use have been appropriated from all over and refer to this notion of being under attack and being wounded. It’s like as soon as India begins to recover from one attack another one happens. It happens all over: we keep inflicting wounds on society. When it heals, another wound occurs.” T.V. Santhosh.

Santhosh continues to use media related images and photographs to explore themes of terrorism, injustice and war, drawing attention to the influence the media has on our perceptions of reality. Building on the success of his 2009 show with the gallery, this event follows the artist’s rise to fame during the last five years.

In his paintings, Santhosh reminds us of the “tinted glasses” through which the public sees topical events unfold by appropriating images from newspapers, magazines and news channels. His subjects – protestors, soldiers, injured civilians – are made to look like negatives in the tradition of Man Ray’s Rayograms, with the viewer looking at the image almost as if through a thermographic camera or an x-ray machine.

In this way, the artist creates a distance between the work itself and the actual event, disguising the parochial, and allowing local concerns to acquire a universal significance and thus wider response.

Having first trained as a sculptor, Santhosh, who considers himself a “painterly minded sculptor,” creates art which has the clarity and composition of a film still. Yet, there is a strong aesthetic element in his work. Vibrantly coloured in luminous yellows, greens and reds, his paintings grab our attention.

Santhosh has seen a meteoric rise to fame in the past few years carving out a unique space within the contemporary Indian art scene. His paintings and sculptures appear regularly at auction, and feature in the collections of Charles Saatchi, Frank Cohen and others.

Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 5:30pm; Saturdays (by appointment only) 12 – 4pm; Sundays closed.

Grosvenor Gallery, 21 Ryder Street, London, SW1Y 6PX

Tel: +44 (0)20 7484 7979

Website: www.grosvenorgallery.com/