BREAKING DOWN WHAT’S GOOD, WHAT’S SHIT*, AND WHAT CAN’T BE MISSED FROM LONDON’S ART SCENE
“I never really understood the word ‘loneliness’ as far as I was concerned I was in an orgy with the sky and the ocean and with nature” – Björk
Björk Digital opens this week at Somerset House dripping with all the spine tingling VR, tech and sparkly idiosyncratic Bjork brilliance you could ever hope for. Spectacularly unusual, decadent, tortured, head spinning, multi-sensory, endlessly interactive… if all else the closest one might get ever possibly get to spending a mere moment in the wondrously magnificent mind of Björk. If there’s one exhibition you see in London this fall… THIS IS IT!!
1 September – 23 October 2016
SOMERSET HOUSE | TICKETS £15.00 | space is limited
DON’T BE A DICK! | INDIE 50
“If you haven’t got ambition, then you haven’t got a timeline. It’s the timeline that kills everything.” So remember that – fuck the timeline.’ Simon Williams, the founder of Fierce Panda records and Josh Jones for TimeOut Magazine
Writer and prolific interviewer Josh Jones and hot shot photographer Dan Wilton reignite their creative force majeure. Debuting a new collaborative exhibition and zine INDIE 50- which saw the pair tour up and down the country, to meet, photograph and interview the managers, promoters, artists, behind the sceners, club owners, gig goers and 50 of the unsung heroes who make the independent music scene what it is today.
Shot exclusively on 35mm film and exhibited as un-cropped prints, with an accompanying limited edition zine, ‘Don’t be a Dick’ is a stylish, music lovers exhibition and a well deserved nod to all those great indie talents still scrapping their way up that tempestuous ladder that can’t be missed!!!
Wanna make it in the indie music business…. work fucking hard, scrap the timeline and Don’t be a Dick!
2 SEPTEMBER – 8 SEPTEMBER
71A GALLERY | FREE
YOU SAY YOU WANT A REVOLUTION? | RECORDS & REBELS 1966-1970
Hot off the back of the V&A’s announcement for 2017’s explosive Pink Floyd retrospective comes the opening teaser ‘You Say You Want A Revolution: Records & Rebels 1966-1970’ The major exhibition which opens to the public next week showcases over 350 objects that translate the era-defining/ferocious cultural impact of the late 1960s. From underground magazines like Oz and the International Times; a shopping list written behind barricades during the 1968 Paris student riots; a rare Apple 1 computer; an Ossie Clark costume for Mick Jagger; original artworks by Richard Hamilton; shards from Jimi Hendrix’s guitar; suits worn by John Lennon and George Harrison on the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and handwritten lyrics for Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds by the Beatles to a NASA loaned space suit and a fucking moon rock!!!!!
10 SEPTEMBER – 26 FEBRUARY 2017
V&A MUSEUM | £16.00
BOOKING FOR PINK FLOYD: THEIR MORTAL REMAINS 2017
NOW OPEN | TICKETS £20- £24
made you look | dandyism and black masculinity
From studio portraiture to street photography… curator Ekow Eshun’s exquisitely shot exhibition makes you stop and stare. The work of two geographically and historically diverse photographers comes together forming a slick and relevant contrast. Sweeping across borders, neighbourhoods and studios in Senegal,South Africa, London, New York, Jamaica and Detroit. Bringing forth a kaleidoscope of stylised black males tailored head to toe, sitting atop motorbikes, posed with boxing gloves, clashing against multicoloured backgrounds, dressed in flamboyant African prints. Streatching long past the bullshit and showing that dandyism isn’t simply about sharp dressing but rather, consciously exploring preconceived ideas of male identity and fashion that can be arresting, provocative, louche, camp and gloriously assertive.
NOW – 25 SEPTEMBER
THE PHOTOGRAPHERS GALLERY | FREE BEFORE 12PM £3.00 AFTER
It ain’t all about Woodstock baby!!!….Explore the peace, love, freedom, flower power, counterculture and hidden world of Soviet Hippies that even Estonian people don’t know much about! Venture through the rich archive of photos, animations and film screenings consisting of interviews with people from the hippie generation of Soviet Estonia or head down for one of the many fascinating lectures delving into the scene including KIWA’s special event ‘Soviet Sound Culture’ which will take you through the history of 70’s Estonian progressive rock…. Niche to say the least!
3 SEPTEMBER – 18 SEPTEMBER
RED GALLERY | FREE
DETROIT: Techno city
PUT YOUR HANDS UP FOR DETROIT!!! The ICA takes it back to the beginning and the moment the first beat dropped in the heart of gritty Motor City. Presenting Detroit: Techno City a small but sweet EDM lover’s show packed with rare archive footage from the birth of the seminal music genre; featuring the likes of DJs and producers such as Juan Atkins, Blake Baxter, Eddie Fowlkes, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson alongside facts, timelines, photos and plenty of synth!
Now – 25 September
THE ICA | Free on Tuesdays
IN FINE STYLE | WILFRED LIMONIOUS
One Love Books and Al Fingers celebrate the launch of he and Christopher Bateman’s highly anticipated and immaculately put together retrospective at Rough Trade East tonight. Releasing for the first time ever their expansive and passionately unearthed collection of work from the late, and enormously great Jamaican reggae and dancehall sleeve artist and illustrator… Wilfred Limonious!
september 1st from 7PM @ Rough Trade East
If you can’t make it down read the interview here …. www.vice.com/en_uk/read/wilfred-limonious-dancehall-lp-covers-in-fine-style
or……More importantly buy the book here….. www.onelovebooks.com
OKER | ‘Going Against the grain’ ENDING SOON!!!!
Infamous London graffiti artist and train writer OKER is ‘Going Against the Grain’ presenting his inaugural solo show at StolenSpace Gallery in Brick Lane. The show explores off street mediums, a new artistic practice and all else to avoid another arrest to his lengthy portfolio of mischievous citywide works which have seen the artist influence many stars throughout his monumental 20 yrs on the scene from EINE, NYC’s KR, and Banksy to name a few.
NOW – 4 SEPTEMBER
stolenspace gallery | free
Mirror Mirror on the wall whose the most egocentric of them all….. Turner prize artist Mark Wallinger toasts The Freud Museums 30th and Sigmund Freud’s 160th birthday with a reflective double take. Transforming the famous study with a massive mirrored ceiling and garden installation outdoors exploring the individual, ego, and superego among other things, Freud’s self portraits and other new works.
NOW – 25 SEPTEMBER
THE FREUD MUSEUM | £7.00
NOW | jeff koons*
Over the last several decades Jeff Koons and Damian Hirst have both respectively produced some of the most recognisable, high profile, instagrammed, commercially viable and sadly; too often…. shit art work in history. They’ve also made a fucking lot of cash.
I imagine they get together once a year and toast about such success over champagne, a chat about inflatable poodles and formaldehyde and a dip in a giant pool of pills and gold coins..but alas I don’t know if any of this is true. What I do know… is that the two big daddies of the contemporary art world have come together at the house of Hirst. As Damian present’s the largest Jeff Koons retrospective in London since 2009 at his sparkling Newport Street Gallery. Spanning thirty-five years of Koon’s career, over thirty paintings, works on paper, his signature Inflatables and Hoovers, sculptures dating from 1979 to 2014, and not to be forgotten…a video room in which a naked Koons’ hunched up like an animal is seen making love to the porn star Ilona Staller. All drawn from Hirst’s ahem…. personal collection, a number of which have never before been shown in the UK.
18 may – 16 october
NEWPORT STREET GALLERY | Free admission
Words by Tracy Kawalik
Photos Courtesy of Tracy Kawalik, Somerset House, Dan Wilton, The V&A, Newport Street Gallery, Red Gallery, Stolen Space, Freud Museum, The Photographers Gallery, One Love Books