What's good? This month from London's art scene

What’s Good?

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Counting down what’s good & what can’t be missed this month from London’s art scene 

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‘Art is anything that you can get away with” -Andy warhol

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Still Here: A Decade of Lazarides

A decade ago Steve Lazarides changed the contemporary art world, at least that of which existed in London and the UK as we knew it. First by becoming one of the key players to transform street art into a gallery and auction house staple; and second by creating a phenomenon with his namesake gallery.

Over the years Lazarides has repped, launched, showcased and dealt, without doubt the most prolific street artist’s of our time. From Bristolian royalty such as Banksy, Sickboy, and 3D to dozen’s more of the urban art world’s heavy hitters, Lazarides has forever been at the forefront of the cutting edge and most influential names in the emerging art scene. The current Rathbone Place gallery playing host to numerous exhibitions  including JR’s Crossing (2015) featuring his latest film ELLIS, and 3D’s Fire Sale (2013), a retrospective of imagery paying homage to Massive Attack’s visual history.

To celebrate their 10th Anniversary , Lazarides has turned the entirety of their Rathbone Place location into a graffiti lover’s wet dream. Packing out 3 levels, floor to ceiling with orginals from 30 artists significant to the galleries legacy such as: 3D, Aiko, Anthony Lister, Antony Micallef, Banksy, Brett Amory, Chloe Early, Doug Foster, Faile, Frank Laws, Gary Taxali, Herbert Baglione, Hush, Ian Francis, Invader, Joe Rush, Jonathan Yeo, JR, Karim Zeriahen, Katrin Fridriks, Know Hope, Lucy McLauchlan, Marcus Jansen, Mark Jenkins, Miaz Brothers, Mode 2, Nina Pandolfo, Oliver Jeffers, Pete Hawkins, Ron English, Sage Vaughn, Scott Campbell, Sickboy, Stanley Donwood, TEACH, Todd James, Vhils, Xenz and Zevs.

If there’s one exhibition you see this month, this is it!

Now- 24 March 2016
LAZARIDES RATHBONE | FREE ADMISSION
www.lazinc.com

 

Britannic Myths: Joe Machine

Acclaimed English artist, poet, founding member of the Stuckist movement, and former hard man; Joe Machine debuts his new collaborative exhibition at Mark Hix’s CNB Gallery. Hotly tipped by the Guardian, Theme HQ and now even Wall Street International as “one to watch” and more importantly “one to collect” Joe Machine’s work boldly speaks for itself.

For Britannic Myths Machine explores British mythology through 12 works. Each bearing his visceral signature and deep colour palette whilst illustrating the tales from academic writer Dr.Steven O’Brian’s soon to be published book Britannic Stories.

Machine is a rare talent, finally getting the recognition he deserves, about to blaze his way through the art world. Watch this Space!

Now – 13 March 2016
CNB Gallery | FREE ADMISSION
www.cnbgallery.com

 

LIFE WORK: MARTHA COOPER

Stolen Space Gallery presents ‘Life Work’. A new solo show from renowned graffiti and street art photographer Martha Cooper.

Cooper has been documenting street art and graffiti from the very beginning.  Her iconic book ‘Subway Art” opened up and introduced the world of graffiti culture to countries who came to urban art much later than the USA.

‘Life Work’ showcase’s Cooper’s legendary timeline. Starting with her raw shots from the ’70s  until her most recent work today. Tracing her interest in graffiti as it spread from a localised New York City phenomenon into a massive global takeover, and her presence documenting and preserving what has been called “the biggest art movement in the history of the art world” most literally from every step along the way .
Now- 28 FEBRUARY
STOLEN SPACE | free admission
www.stolenspace.com

 

Monet to Matisse

Take a wander through the Royal Academies sprawling botanicals, check out a water lily or two and let your spring fever run wild!!!

The Royal Academy proudly presents Monet to Matisse. Their expansive landmark exhibition, examining art’s fascination with the horticultural world from the early 1860s through to the 1920s.

Discover the paintings of some of the most important Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Avant-Garde artists of the early twentieth century. Masterpieces by Renoir, Cezanne, Pissarro, Manet, Sargent, Kandinsky, Van Gogh, Klimt and Klee and Matisse. And of course the star of the show, and arguably the most important painter of gardens in the history of art; Claude Monet.
Now – 20 April 2016
Royal Academy | £17.60
www.royalacademy.org.uk

 

NEVERENDED : A 10 YEAR RETROSPECTIVE

Toasting their 10th anniversary this year as well, is shit hot purveyors of fine aerosol productions, End of Line Productions. Their legacy with street art and walls speaks volumes. And while they may not have the big bucks or Janet Jackson’s other half signing giant cheques like the aforementioned big daddy Lazarides, what End of the Line has always had above anyone else is monumental cred.

The current retrospective exhibition showcases a collection of over 200 pieces from some of London and the world’s most important and influential urban artists such as Will Barras, Mr Jago, Bom.k, Sowat, Faile, Nychos, Aryz, Tizer, Xenz, Sheone, R o i d , Dan Chase, Ed Hicks, Rabodiga, 45RPM, Candy Lo, Imaone, Suiko, Zoer, Does LoveLetters, Odisy, Dr Zadok, Dotmasters, Steff Plaetz and Jim Vision.

Jim Vision, Creative Director of EndoftheLine and one of London’s internationally acclaimed graffiti artists said Neverended; A Retrospective is a culmination of ten years riding on the wave of gentrification, constantly seeking out new places, spaces and walls to challenge accepted norms of traditional art making.

He comments “This retrospective takes the pulse of East London’s urban art scene in 2016, this is our personal collection which reveals the transformation of the streets of Shoreditch and the tensions between urban development and artistic freedom, and represents what will be lost when everything is glass towers.”

My favourite exhibition this month, set on Shoreditch’s graffiti drenched Redchurch Street! Go see it before it’s too late!

Neverended: A 10 Year Retrospective
Now – 5 March 2016
London Newcastle Gallery | Free Admission
www.endoftheline.co

 

Avedon/Warhol

The princes of pop art and portraiture collide for the first time as the Gagosian presents Avedon/Warhol. The retrospective celebrates Warhol and Avedon’s most memorable and iconic images, parallels, occasional overlapping and extraordinarily complimentary output of work throughout the twentieth century. Warhol’s boldly coloured silk screens are brilliantly juxtaposed alongside Avedon’s distinctive gelatin-silver prints making for an insightful, and visually rich show of celebrity, repetition and the meeting of two incomparable artistic minds.

Now- 23 april 2016
Gagosian Gallery | Free Admission
www.gagosian.com

 

champagne life

Hey Grrrl! Unlikely ladies man Charles Saatchi digs deep and channels his inner GRL power celebrating the work of a constellation of female artists in Saatchi galleries first show entirely devoted to woman artists entitled ‘Champagne Life’.

The title draws on a piece within the exhibition of the same name by American artist Julia Wachtel, and as the press release suggests apparently denotes “high living, prestige and affluence, qualities that have led to champagne’s appropriation into hip-hop culture and as an indicator of success when artists transition from economically depressed ghetto to uptown highlife.”

Fuck know’s what hip-hop cultures doing in there or what any of that means apart from the main sponsor for the show being champagne. The gimmicky and patronising PR that accompanies ‘Champagne Life’ and its desperate bid to “break through a glass ceiling” as they themselves say and use the all female show as it’s USP is a damn shame. Because beneath all the bullshit is some actually exciting pieces, created incidentally by women. A demographic of which is still dramatically underrepresented by good old Uncle Charlie in Saatchi’s permanent collection.

Down a glass or two of champagne, Instagram the horse on the balloon and live the high life as Saatchi says! See it because there are some cool pieces and it’s free.

2 March- 9 March
Saatchi Gallery | free admission
www.saatchigallery.com

 

 Saul Leiter

It seems remarkable that Saul Leiter (1923-2013) is only just beginning to acquire significant mainstream recognition for his pioneering role in the emergence of colour photography.

A great talent, way ahead of his time, Leiter was using Kodachrome colour slide film from as early as 1946 for his free artistic shots, despite it being despised by artists of the day. For Leiter, colour was always the bigger ‘picture’ as it were.

An iconoclast who pursued his vision through signature framing devices, bold hues and reflective surfaces, Leiter transformed the seemingly ordinary New York street scenes into visual poetry. His exhibition a masterclass for photographers and art lovers alike.

Now – 3 April 2016
photographers gallery | Free Admission before noon
thephotographersgallery.org.uk

 

after show party

Central London gallery gem; Scream kicks off 2016 with a starstudded group show. Featuring the works of long-term collaborators and such as Remi Rough, Shuby, Collagism and William Blanchard and first time additions to the Scream family such as Cassandra Yap, Jimmy C- the infamous artist behind Brixton’s globally adored and photographed Bowie memorial , Joe Cruz, Malarky, Mark Petty & Schoony.

On Now | Free Admission
Scream Editions | Free Admission
www.screamlondon.com

 

Electronic Superhighway

Fasten your seat belts as the Whitechapel Gallery takes you for a ride on the Electronic Superhighway. Bringing together over 70 artists spanning 50 years, and over 100 works in their major exhibition.

Key moments in the history of art and the Internet emerge as the show travels back in time tracing the impact of computers and technology on artists and their work. Arranged in reverse chronological order, beginning with works made at the arrival of the new millennium, and ending with Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T), an iconic, artistic moment that took place in 1966.

The exhibition features new and rarely seen multimedia works, together with film, painting, sculpture, photography and drawing, from Cory Arcangel, Jeremy Bailey, James Bridle, Constant Dullaart and Oliver Laric, to Roy Ascott, Judith Barry, Lynn Hershman Leeson and Ulla Wiggen.

Electronic Superhighway (2016-1966)
Now – 15 May 2016
Whitechapel Gallery | £11.95
www.whitechapelgallery.org
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Words by Tracy Kawalik

Photos by Tracy Kawalik

Additional Images Courtesy of The Gagosian, RA, Whitechapel Gallery, StolenSpace, and Saatchi (Above work by Jim Vision)

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