Derek Jarman: Shadow Is The Queen of Colour
12 Apr 2019 – 22 Jun 2019
Amanda Wilkinson Gallery
Jarman was a political activist and was one of the first public figures to speak out about AIDS. He campaigned tirelessly for gay rights, but also spoke out against the commercialisation of the art world and the need to take care of the environment. These concerns were later poetically addressed in a chapter of his book Chroma, 'Shadow Is the Queen of Colour', which provides the title of this exhibition, where he quotes from Pliny on man’s love of gold and nature’s way of protecting itself.
His work also draws upon his personal history. In The Garden he sits at his writing desk reflecting upon his life; in Modern Nature he incorporates childhood memories; and, in these paintings, old photographs are embedded in tar, while a model aeroplane alludes to his father’s career in the RAF. The tar supplies a visceral quality to the works, though the objects immersed in the surface appear frozen. In the case of the tar-covered clock in one of the paintings, we are offered an image of the freezing of time. These paintings have a presence that seems at once energised and static. They could be viewed as shadows of the two years in which they were painted, the black tar embracing emblematic objects that reflected Jarman’s struggles during this time in his life.
Massimo Vitali: Short Stories
12 Apr 2019 – 24 May 2019
Short Stories will display images collected in a new book of the same name, produced by Steidl Verlag publishing. Twelve of Vitali's most outstanding photographs from different series will be presented, where each singular image depicts a significant moment for Vitali – the artist’s ‘short stories’ of a long and distinguished career.
Vitali is internationally renowned for his large-scale colour images of beaches and mass leisure events. His distinctive panoramic views show people interacting with their environments and one another. His sweeping panoramas, crowded plazas, even discotheques, examine and elucidate the masses at leisure.
In the early 1960s, Vitali worked as a photojournalist, collaborating with many magazines and agencies in Italy and in Europe. By the 1980s, he changed career path and worked as a cinematographer. However, his relationship with the still photography camera never ceased, and he eventually turned his attention back to photography.
Edvard Munch: love and angst
11 Apr 2019 – 21 Jul 2019
The creator of art's most haunting and iconic face. A radical father of Expressionism. Norway’s answer to Vincent van Gogh. But who was Edvard Munch? Discover this pioneering, subversive artist as the British Museum lifts the veil on his life and works in the largest show of his prints in the UK for 45 years.
The emotional intensity of The Scream has reverberated through history, speaking to generations. The fact that it needs no explanation is arguably one of its strengths. Yet perhaps it is also the reason that, beyond his name, so little is known about its creator – The Scream speaks for itself. Although it has become a universal symbol of human anxiety, it is a deeply personal response to Munch’s upbringing and experiences as a young artist.
Pop-up - Accumulate: Youth Culture
10 Apr 2019 – 13 Apr 2019
Youth Culture is the theme for Accumulate’s 2019 pop-up display, featuring new work by young Londoners who are affected by homelessness.
Working at the heart of leading cultural spaces including Autograph, the BBC, Somerset House and the Youth Club Archive, the works in Accumulate's 2019 pop-up display were created in a series of creative workshops that introduced photography, fashion, creative writing and zine making.
The resulting display explores the participants' identity and representation, and their own ideas of youth culture.
Art on the Underground: Aliza Nisenbaum
10 Apr 2019 – 16 Sep 2019
Influenced by the Mexican mural movement and its depiction of social history, Mexico City-born Nisenbaum is best known for her exquisitely painted portraits of underrepresented communities. Often lushly decorated with patterned textiles, her canvases ask for a close look in keeping with her personal connections to her subjects. For her, the process of painting portraits is a reciprocal act, one that sets up an ethical encounter in which participants give their attention and trust, creating works which challenge the hierarchies of portraiture. She will be in residency at Brixton station for two months painting TfL station staff.
Emma Fineman: May I Have Your Attention Please?
6 Apr 2019 – 11 May 2019
Fineman's first solo exhibition with BEERS London uses self-portraiture to reimagine herself as Grimaldi.
Throughout the early 19th century, Joseph Grimaldi was England’s most popular entertainer. His portrayal of the clown in pantomime harlequinades became so well known that this role became colloquially known as ‘Joey’, and his invention of whiteface makeup is a staple of the modern clown outfit that still persists today. For ‘May I Have Your Attention Please’, (her first solo with Beers London), Fineman uses self-portraiture to reimagine herself as Grimaldi, replete with sharp red cheek makeup and protruding white ruff.
Header image: Massimo Vitali