Something Curated takes a look at must-see art across the city this February, from the two debuts at the visiting Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal to a major retrospective of works by Dorothea Tanning, via plasticine-filled contemporary art and Italian home cooking.
Sandra Blow: The Late Works, at Huxley-Parlour | Sandra Blow (13 February – 9 March 2019)
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'Sandra Blow: The Late Works' will feature eleven large-scale works, made in paint and collage, which testify to her masterful use of colour and material. Throughout her career, Blow’s works incorporated materials including sand, ash, plaster, wire and sacking, but it is her late works, in particular, that highlight her expert handling of both colour and form. Blow was a leading figure of the abstract movement in Britain in the second half of the twentieth-century. The exhibition will open on 13th February. – Image: Sandra Blow, 'Clodgy,' 1996. – #SandraBlow #RA #abstract #modernbritishpainting #twentiethcenturyart #painting #exhibition #comingsoon #huxleyparlourgallery
An exhibition of 11 large-scale works by British abstract painter Sandra Blow, are brought together at Huxley-Parlour this month. The late-career pieces, made in paint and collage, were created between 1972 and 2005, one year before Blow’s death. Many of these works were made after Blow’s 1994 relocation to St Ives, a move that brought her closer to one of the great influences on her work: the Cornish landscape.
David Adjaye: Making Memory, at The Design Museum | David Adjaye (2 February – 5 May 2019)
Sir David Adjaye, the British-Ghanaian architect whose projects include the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C, and the UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in London, is sharpening his focus on the role of contemporary memorials in this new exhibition at the Design Museum. From striking cenotaphs to public sculpture – monuments are a record of who we are in the world, and what we have done, marking and making space to remember our human triumphs and failures. Making Memories brings together seven of Adjaye’s work – including the first opportunity to see an in-depth display of the proposed Coretta Scott King and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Boston, USA.
Condo London 2019, at Various Locations | Vanessa Carlos (Until 9 February 2019)
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Created as a smart way to counteract the prohibitive barriers posed by participating in expensive art fairs, Condo, a contemporary art fringe festival of sorts pairs hosting London art galleries with out-of-town artists as part of a free or collaborative exchange. This year 18 galleries – including Sadie Coles, Maureen Paley, Arcadia Missa and Emalin – will host 30 artists. Take a look at our Condo round-up here.
Henry Hudson: nothing sticks to nothing, at Hannah Barry Gallery | Henry Hudson (Until 16 March 2019)
A cycle of four new paintings by the British painter Henry Hudson known for his love and use of plasticine, are presented at Peckham’s Hannah Barry Gallery in nothing sticks to nothing. A marked departure from his series The Contemporary Artist’s Progress, a wry, modern take on Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress, the new works are presented alongside a large-scale custom-fitted churchy Scagliola floor of imitation marble, which will act as a backdrop for performances from artists working across poetry, pop and classical music and dance.
Dorothea Tanning, at Tate Modern | Dorothea Tanning (27 February – 9 June 2019)
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American painter, printmaker, sculptor, writer, and poet #DorotheaTanning died on 31 January 2012, at 101 years old. Tanning pushed the boundaries of surrealism, wanting to depict ‘unknown but knowable states’: to suggest there was more to life than meets the eye. The first major posthumous exhibition of Tanning’s work will open at Tate Modern on 27 February 2019 — a celebration of the artist's seven-decade career, through her enigmatic paintings, eerie installations and pioneering fabric sculptures. Dorothea Tanning, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik 1943
It’s about time that we got a large-scale exhibition of the works of Dorothea Tanning, the American painter, sculptor, writer, and poet, who lived to the age of 101, and thankfully Tate Modern has delivered. The exhibition brings together career-spanning works from Tanning’s catalogue, including some of her best-known Surrealist works like her self-portrait Birthday. Incredibly, Tanning produced over 70 years worth of works, reinventing herself as a poet when she was in her 80s.
Performance & Film
Daria Martin: Tonight The World, at Barbican | Daria Martin (Until 7 April 2019)
Daria Martin’s grandmother recorded her dreams in a diary for over 25 years. In Tonight The World, Martin combines film and gaming technology to draw on these nighttime cerebral wanderings, and tell the story of her grandmother, who fled Nazi occupation in her home country of Czechoslovakia.
Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch: New Piece I – Since She, at Sadler’s Wells | Dimitris Papaioannou & Alan Lucien Øyen (14 – 25 February 2019)
Since the death of renowned choreographer Pina Bausch in 2009, her dance company Tanztheater Wuppertal has continued to perform from her vast catalogue of works. This month, the company will perform their first full-length works by guest choreographers. The two works, Since She and Bon Voyage, Bob are created by Dimitris Papaioannou (visual artist, comic book author and creative director of the 2004 Olympic Opening Ceremony in Athens) and Alan Lucien Øyen (choreographer, director and award-winning playwright) respectively.
The Food Talks Feast: Joe Trivelli, at Honey & Co. | Joe Trivelli, Itamar Srulovich & Sarit Packer (2 February 2019)
Co-head chef at River Cafe Joe Trivelli is the latest to join Honey & Co.’s Itamar Srulovich and Sarit Packer for their ongoing Food Talks Feast event and podcast series (previous guest cooks have included Samin Nosrat, Olia Hercules and Rachel Roddy) Joe Trivelli will be cooking a three-course sharing lunch of delicious, homely recipes from his cookbook The Modern Italian Cook.
Words by Stevie Mackenzie-Smith | Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Dorothea Tanning, 1943 (via Tate)