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ING Discerning Eye 2011 - Mall Galleries

Exhibition preview

ING Discerning Eye is a unique exhibition of small works selected by six prominent figures from the art word: two artists, two collectors and two critics. This year’s event at the Mall Galleries runs from November 10 to November 20, 2011.

This year’s selectors are artists Eileen Cooper RA and Lisa Wright; collectors John Pluthero (Chairman, Cable & Wireless Worldwide and founder of abstract critical) and John Deston (Gallery Manager, The Mall Galleries, London); and critics Ossian Ward (Visual Arts Editor, Time Out, London) and Brian Sewell (Art Critic).

Each selector has curated one section of the exhibition, drawing their own selection from works submitted by artists and the works of artists they have personally invited to exhibit. The result is six smaller exhibitions within one, each with very distinct personalities.

The uniqueness of having each work chosen by an eminent individual, unlike in a group selected show, has earned the exhibition an excellent reputation among art lovers and collectors alike.

The charm of the ING Discering Eye exhibition lies in the unpredictability and variety of the selectors’ choices. Works of lesser-known artists hang alongside those of more established artists helping to connect hundreds of new artists with new audiences.

A total of 607 works of all mediums including print, painting, drawing, sculpture and photography, by approximately 300 artists, have been selected for the 2011 exhibition. The prize winners will be announced at a private awards ceremony on November 10, 2011.

Speaking about the exhibition, Ossian Ward, Art Critic and 2011 Selector, said:

“The beauty of this open submission show is that not only do all the judges have to pick separately and wrangle over pieces if more than one of us is keen on something, but it allows for such differing tastes and aesthetic patterns to emerge. This is not meant to be a concensus, but a personal choice, something I hold true to when writing about what I see every day in my job as an art critic.

“After all, if the appreciation of art were not subjective but objective, then we would live in a world governed by bland images agreed by committee (perhaps even in premeditated styles, sight unseen, like some visual tyranny). And then there would be no place for the visionaries that remake our environment through their own discerning eyes.”

All works displayed are for sale.

Admission: Free.

Times: Daily from 10am to 5pm.

Mall Galleries, The Mall, London, SW1Y 5BD