Art in Print

Cemetery chapel to reopen as women’s gallery

A historic chapel is being reopened as a gallery dedicated to women artists. A series of shows will take place in the Dissenters’ Chapel at Kensal Green Cemetery over the next year with the first featuring work by painter Nadine Talalla inspired by women buried in the graveyard.
The chapel dates from 1834 and the cemetery is also home to the graves of fashion designer Ossie Clark, playwright Harold Pinter and engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Curator Vicky Caplin, who got the idea when she set up a temporary show of war photography at the chapel four years ago, said it was perfect for “an artist who is sensitive to their surroundings”.
The Nadine Talalla exhibition will run from January 26 until February 3.
Via: Evening Standard

Campaign to save ‘brutal’ city icon

Dunelm House has divided opinion since its construction in 1966, with some calling it an ugly concrete carbuncle. However, fans are now on a mission to save Durham University’s “brutalist” student union from demolition. A petition calling for it to be saved and refurbished has attracted more than 1,000 names. One signatory, Alex L, wrote: “Wilful neglect should never be accepted as a reasonable excuse for demolition.”
The university said that if it was demolished, a world-class building would replace it. A spokeswoman said: “It is envisaged that the opportunity will be subject to an international architectural competition.”
Via: The Times

Facebook blocks photo of Neptune statue for being 'explicitly sexual'

Facebook is facing renewed criticism after its software appears to have blocked a photograph of a 16th-century statue of Neptune that stands in the Piazza del Nettuno in the Italian city of Bologna, claiming it is “sexually explicit”.
The statue was created in the 1560s by a Flemish sculptor called Jean de Boulogne, nicknamed by the Italians Giambologna, and it has dominated the piazza for approaching 500 years. A Facebook spokesperson later said in a statement that the censorship was a mistake. “Our team processes millions of advertising images each week, and in some instances we incorrectly prohibit ads. This image does not violate our ad policies. We apologise for the error and have let the advertiser know we are approving their ad.”
Facebook’s overzealous censoring software has brought the social media giant into controversy with increasing frequency, even as it faces intense criticism on another front for doing too little to prevent the spread of “fake news”.
Via: The Guardian

The documenta exhibition revives the notion of utopia for a dystopian world

In 1955, art professor and curator Arnold Bode founded the documenta art exhibition in the West German city of Kassel, once considered by Hitler for the German capital.
Documenta was originally initiated to introduce, or rather reintroduce, art formerly branded by the Nazis as degenerate to the postwar German public. This exhibition has, over the past 61 years, become one of the most important exhibitions in the world. It is not a biennial; it is a vision, a proposition and a utopia for today’s world.
Adam Szymczyk, the curator of documenta 14, which runs from 10 April to 17 September 2017, decided to stage, for the first time in the exhibition’s history, one half in another European city: Athens. This decision creates an interesting juxtaposition. On one side is Kassel’s documenta: a post-fascist vehicle that believed in the transformative power of contemporary art. On the other side is Athens, the birthplace of democracy, which in recent years has become synonymous with the friction between democracy, national sovereignty and late capitalism.

Via: The Guardian