Pelham Picks

An exclusive look at the most illustrious private views of the week ahead

From Selfie to Self-Expression at Saatchi Gallery



Saatchi Gallery in collaboration with Huawei are launching a new exhibition that will run from 31st March to 30th May 2017 called From Selfie to Self-Expression. The show will be the world’s first exhibition exploring the history of the selfie and will display self-portraits by established artists such as Rembrandt and Velazquez alongside selfies “that have quickly become icons of the digital era” including the one of David Cameron and Barack Obama posing together.


Organizers also announced the coinciding #SaatchiSelfie competition – artists and photography enthusiasts around the world were offered a chance to enter and take part in advancing the creative potential of the selfie today. The winners, named at the launch of the Show on 30th March 2017, will have their pictures shown at The Saatchi Gallery.


PV: Thursday 30th March, 6.30-9pm


William Raban: Making Films Politically? at the Close-Up Film Centre


Close-Up Film Centre and Carroll/Fletcher gallery teamed up to present a programme of films by William Raban, preceded by a brief introduction by the artist himself and followed by a Q&A, moderated by Steve Fletcher.


Raban, initially known for his landscape and expanded cinema works of the 1970s, was a central figure of the London Film-makers' Co-operative. His films from the 1990s onwards focus on the global economy, the urban change and ways how it affected in the UK Despite the apparent shift in Raban's interests, his work has always been informed by a structural film approach.


Screening: Tuesday 28th March, 8pm


Maggi Hambling in conversation with Tim Marlow at the Royal Academy of Arts



 In light of her most recent retrospective at the British Museum (Touch: works on paper) and the exhibition of new paintings at the Marlborough Fine Art (Edge), Maggi Hambling will discuss her work and influence with the Artistic Director of the Royal Academy of Arts Tim Marlow. Hambling, said to be one of Britain’s most significant contemporary artists, has never been afraid to address big themes and deliver the simultaneous presence of life and death in her pieces. Her oeuvre includes compelling portraits, paintings of the sea and her celebrated and controversial public sculpture, including A Conversation with Oscar Wilde (1998) and Scallop (2003). Her work is represented in major British Collections such as the National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery and Tate.


Artist Talk: Wednesday 29th March, 6:30-7:30pm


Elger Esser: Morgenland at the Parasol unit



Elger Essers’ first solo show in a public institution in the UK will be on view between 29 March – 21 May 2017 at the Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art. Exhibition features the new series entitled Morgenland, on which the German-born artist worked during his travels in the Eastern countries of Lebanon, Egypt and Israel from 2004 to 2015.


Travelling along the Lebanese shore in 2004 and the Nile between Luxor and Aswan in 2011, Esser photographed the banks of rivers, traditional feluccas and dahabiya sailing vessels. The artist’s calm awe-inspiring landscapes, captured from a great distance by a 8 x 10 Land camera, seem to convey a sense of the infinite. Their quiet and serene beauty, however, is disturbing, as it is in such stark contrast to what we know of the ugly conflicts taking place in the region today and how they are generally portrayed in the media.


Private View: Tuesday 28th March, 6-8pm


Vincenzo Agnetti: Territories at Lévy Gorvy



Lévy Gorvy presents the first London-based exhibition dedicated to Vincezno Agnetti - one of the most significant and influential Italian conceptualists of the twentieth century. The show will include three bodies of work from the artist’s diverse oeuvre, which are key nodes of a sprawling practice that engaged the supple pliability of language with intensity and humor - AxiomsFeltri (Felts), and Macchina Drogata (Drugged Machine).


Agnetti’s approach to language focuses on depicting linguistic propositions and language-based abstractions with a signature esoteric streak. The artist’s work introduced new possibilities for art’s engagement with philosophy and knowledge production: Agnetti sought to fully integrate idea and form, instead of simply illustrating theories and ideas. He was an active participant in various Italian artistic scenes from the 1950s. His work traversed a wide formal range, but always with a rigor matched only by his curiosity. For Agnetti, the artist’s subjectivity was inextricably bound up with the artist’s output.


Private View: Thursday 30th March, 6-8pm