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Flowers in a Dark Room - La Galleria Pall Mall

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AN EXHIBITION of photographs by John Stoddart will be on display at La Galleria Pall Mall from February 3 to February 17, 2009.

An ambitious and unusual project has been undertaken by Stoddart in this multi-layered dual exhibition of his work, accompanied by words from the renowned poet John Armstrong.

The Gallery is separated into two distinct and different bodies of work. The first is a body of work of a number of images echoing a central triptych, the foundation theme, based on Caravaggio’s painting of Salome. Each panel of the triptych is accompanied by a poem by Armstrong, the strength of the words colouring and referencing the imagery.

The exhibition then moves on, showing many more of Stoddart’s portraits both old and new – for example, a beautiful Tilda Swinton in the days when she was Derek Jarman’s muse, and a modern study of Marco Pierre White that would easily pass as a Bond villain.

The overall theme of the exhibition has a melancholic thread running through each individual portrait, which reflects the some time fickle face of fame.

Once Upon a Time, featuring the work of Italian artist Antonio Nocera, continues at La Galleria Pall Mall until January 23, 2009.
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La Galleria Pall Mall, 30 Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 4UY

Tel: 020 7930 8069