Buy, See, Do – Art In London, This Summer
If you’re not quite sure where to begin with all the art world openings and events, let London Art Studies help keep you in the know.
Masterpiece is top of our list right now, and it’s all about sculpture this year. It’s the first time Masterpiece has appointed an external curator of sculpture – Jo Baring, Director of the Ingram Collection of Modern British & Contemporary Art. Baring has put together various sculptures from the stands (including works by Gary Hume and Tony Cragg), and created one- off installations in central spaces throughout the fair. Baring is concentrating on the theme of “material” in modern and contemporary sculpture, so keep an eye out for works made from neon, copper and even chainmail. Don’t miss the excellent talks programme, including Gary
Hume on Monday 1 st July at 7pm (booking through www.masterpiecefair.com ) or the free daily stand tours.
If you’re planning to go to Masterpiece with little ones, we highly recommend The Little Grand Tour: their team is holding 30 minute themed tours around the fair for children aged 5-14, while parents can wander the fair on their own. (Booking in advance for Sunday 30th June, through www.masterpiecefair.com ). Download the treasure map from the website in any case; it’s actually a bit of a challenge for adults too! Do note, it’s also possible to book for private tours of the fair: email firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re intrigued by the idea of Tantric Yoga at Richard Saltoun’s gallery in Mayfair. Saltoun has committed to showing an entire year of works by female artists; these tantric yoga sessions link to the current exhibition in the gallery, called “Tantric Transformations” by artist Penny Slinger. Classes start Sunday 30 th June, and then take place every Saturday through 17 th August, for a £10 fee per session. Book now; we anticipate high demand for this inspiring alternative to brunch www.richardsaltoun.com
The exhibition is called “Tendril Is The Night”, and it’s the first time that artist Kate Braine is showing 20 years of work at her studio/home in Cheyne Row. 300 sculptural pots, taking inspiration from the natural world, will be shown on shelves and plinths throughout this 18th Century home: the artworks are both recognisable and strangely seem as though from another world. Keep an eye out for the glass mixed with clay, which adds a further dimension to the ceramic work. Curated by former Sotheby’s S|2 Director, Fru Tholstrup, it’s an immersive experience, and not to be missed. The exhibition will be open to the public over the weekend of the 28th-30th June, 11am-4pm, and then by appointment throughout July; bookings for both can be made through: K8braine@hotmail.com
Keep an eye out for the naughtiest picture in the Summer Exhibition. There are 300 more works than ever before, with 1581 works in total, so it’s easy to miss “The Garden of Earthly Delights” by Claire Douglass, numbered 1143 in the catalogue. The only printable excerpt from the painting is pictured here; look closely and we guarantee you’ll be surprised.
Cindy Sherman’s much anticipated retrospective opens this week at the National Portrait Gallery. There’s brand new work by this artist who manipulates her own appearance, in order to explore the link between façade and identity. We’re also intrigued by her collaboration with fellow artist Catherine Opie and designer Liz Swig, to create a truly original selection of jewellery – from rings to necklaces, all handmade in Italy. Sherman has reimagined the cameo as ‘the original selfie’ – which we agree with – and turned her Instagram images into wearable art. For further information http://www.lizworks.net/
For more on Cindy Sherman’s art, take a look at this free video on www.londonartstudies.com