Art in Print

London summer art map: A guide to spotting art when you're out and about in the capital

Transport for London have just released their Summer Art Map, which highlights contemporary art that can be found in the city of London such as installations on the tube and sculptures on the streets. It was jointly put together by Art on the Underground, The Fourth Plinth Programme, Frieze Sculpture, and Sculpture in the City Programme. This year marks 15 years of contemporary art on the tube and features signature works by French artist Daniel Buren and British artist Jacqueline Poncelet. These can be found at Tottenham Court Road and Edgware Road tube stations, respectively. While Buren’s work includes patterned monochromatic diamonds, circles and stripes that ornate the underground’s walls, and sculptures behind glass, Poncelet’s work includes grid patterns relating to a different part of the area and towers above the platform. Other works featured are Mark Wallinger’s Labyrinthe posters as well as Giles Round’s tile designs, which can both be  found at the Blackhorse Road tube station. In Trafalgar Square, David Shrigley’s sculptural work of a thumbs up, and entitled ‘Really Good’ sends a positive message to passers as they start or end their day. In addition, 16 sculptures are dispersed across the city and will be on view until next year. For instance, Damien Hirst’s 21-foot sculpture of the insides of a muscular torso, and entitled ‘Temple’, can be found near Bank tube station. Finally, and like every year, Frieze Sculpture 2017 takes places in Regent’s Park and showcases 25 works.
Via: Evening Standard

British Museum sets out plans for ambitious overhaul

Yesterday the director of the British Museum, Hartwig Fischer, outlined his plans for the next 10 years. He sets out to build new galleries on China, Japan, and the Islamic world, and bring together the Egypt galleries in order to provide more coherence to the stories of the individual cultures. He also intends to re-open the Reading Room, which had closed since 2013, and use it to display objects. For the time being discussions are still being held on how to re-arrange this space, which features rows of mahogany desks radiating from the centre. The idea behind this overhaul is mainly to bring the museum’s stored objects to light. The Sir Joseph Hotung Gallery of China and South Asia will open in November 2017 and include textiles and paintings alongside ceramics, lacquer and jade treasures. This will be the first time such objects are showcased and is also a vital component in telling the stories of China and India. Works to go on display will include a 6th-century sculpture of Lakshmi from Kashmir as well as a sitar owned and played by the late Indian musician Ravi Shankar, which was donated by his family. Also, aligning with today’s modern world, digital technology will play a crucial role in the museum’s permanent collections and upcoming exhibitions. For example, visitors will be able to get a closer look at the Admonitions Scroll by using a touchscreen, which will be provided in order to get a better picture of this Chinese painting.
Via: Financial Times

Dreamers Awake: ‘A more fabulously wayward group of female artists in one gallery it would be hard to imagine’

The exhibition entitled Dreamers Awake, which is on view at the White Cube, Bermondsey until the 17th of September 2017, reunites a group of female artists and explores the theme of the female body. The opening room features a description by the art historian Mary Ann Caw, which sets a feminist tone to the show the visitor is about to delve into. Works include Hannah Wilke’s ‘Five Androgynous and Vaginal Sculptures’ and Ithell Colquhoun’s ‘Tree Anatomy’, which both depict female genitalia. Illustrations by Tracy Emin are also featured, such as ‘I held your sperm and cried’, which graphically explores the topic of oversharing. While these works are provocative in visual content, others are more disturbing such as the series of untitled 1929 photographs by Lee Miller. The artist, who was painted and photographed multiple times under the gaze of male artists such as Pablo Picasso, Man Ray and Roland Penrose, seems to be making an abrasive yet powerful come-back through her own creations. Contemporary highlights of the show are two large drawings by Donna Huddleston, which combine traditional Egyptian imagery with modern suburban women and two paintings by Hayv Kahraman, which borrow from the Persian miniaturist tradition and depict fragments of women’s bodies which seem to be dancing or flirting. Other less shown works can also be seen.
Via: i News