Time was when cabs baulked at venturing further south than Elephant & Castle, but that was in another time-space dimension, before the property-fuelled trendification of South London and the escalating art-mecca status of Peckham and New Cross. Now the cultural shift southwards has received an additional boost with the opening of two major new art spaces: the South London Gallery’s Fire Station annexe in Peckham, and Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art in New Cross. Both are firmly embedded in their local communities as well as promising to be a significant art world presence both at home and abroad – and neither will do neighbouring house prices any harm, either. Goldsmith’s CCA occupies the former Victorian bathhouse and water tanks situated at the heart of the University’s South London campus. The art students have for many years had their studios in what was the main swimming pool, and now the attached building has been converted into a … [Read more...] about The South London Gallery’s new Fire Station annexe and the Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art cement south of the river as an art hub
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Contemporary art is not normally celebrated for its capacity to make people laugh – unless, that is, as the butt of the joke. “The emperor’s new clothes.” “My five-year-old could have done that.” We’ve all heard similar put-downs aimed at the latest Turner Prize. “In the minds of some, contemporary art is still a joke,” agrees Margot Heller, director of the South London Gallery in Camberwell. “People love to ridicule contemporary art: it’s part of the cultural fabric of this country.” The thing is, anyone engaging with the history of modern and contemporary art will quickly recognise that humour has been a vital strategy for avant-garde artists for more than a century. This is the subject... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week … [Read more...] about Can contemporary art really be funny?
The British summer season is in full swing, and the art world is joining in. To the ritual splendours of Wimbledon, Ascot, Henley and Glyndebourne, London adds the major impressionist, modern, contemporary and Old Master sales, the Masterpiece and Olympia art and antiques fairs, London Art Week (in which dealers in traditional fare mount special exhibitions), and Mayfair Art Weekend (in which the galleries thronging London’s historic arts quarter stay open late and all weekend). While museum curators from all over the world are arriving in the capital to inspect what is on offer, are the all-important collectors here in force, too? The June events came hot on the heels of major fairs in New York, plus the May auctions, which soaked up $2 billion (£1.5 billion) on top of the $800 million Rockefeller collection sales at Christie’s, and Art Basel, where $5 billion of art was on offer. Though London’s June sales of impressionist and modern art … [Read more...] about Mercury rising: contemporary art sales hot up in London’s summer season
The shortlist for the Turner Prize 2018 was announced last week, with four emerging artists competing for the honour and the accompanying £25,000 windfall. Forensic Architecture, Naeem Mohaiemen, Charlotte Prodger and Luke Willis Thompson are this year's entrants, all video-centric creatives concerned with "the most pressing political and humanitarian issues of the day", according to Tate Britain director Alex Farquharson. The winner will be announced on 25 September. Response to the nominations has mellowed considerably in recent years but in its 1990s heyday, when the accolade was regarded as a key event in the "Cool Britannia" calendar, they were a reliable source of contention. The Turner was routinely picketed by the Stuckists, a protest group calling for a return to figurative painting, who would demonstrate outside Tate Britain dressed as clowns bearing placards dismissing it as "a state-funded advertising agency for Charles Saatchi" … [Read more...] about Turner Prize 2018: 10 memorable winners of the controversial contemporary art award
At the Sotheby’s contemporary art sale in London next week there are no million-pound Basquiats or £500,000 Hirsts – it is aimed at what it terms the lower end of the market, i.e. art under £20,000 and for as little as £200. It is the latest in a series of sales designed to attract buyers into the market. One of the ploys used is to invite successful figures, from the world of fashion, for instance, to select works from the sale, printing interviews with them in the catalogue and making videos for the website. This gives the sale added kudos and credibility with novice collectors who might be influenced by celebrity taste. Recent selectors, rather grandly called “guest curators” by Sotheby’s, have included Erdem Moralioglu, the fashion designer and Caroline Issa, Tank magazine fashion director, and Telegraph Luxury expert. Each one, according to Sotheby’s, introduces new clients to the company. The next “guest … [Read more...] about Will Mark Hix’s contemporary art picks help revive the YBA market?