£8,000 Cheque Hidden in Milton Keynes Art Gallery

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Artist Tomas Georgeson has hidden a cheque for £8000 in the Milton Keynes Gallery, with the payee left blank. Georgeson said the cheque will not bounce and if it’s not found by the 1st of March, it will be removed from the gallery. The Artist hopes the little stunt will increase visitors to the gallery.

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‘Timeless’ with Bertozzi e Casoni at All Visual Arts

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25th Jan – 19th May 2013

The Italian artist duo Bertozzi & Casoni combine socially critical and philosophical themes with highly attractive figurative sculptures. Through their colour and material choices, their sculptures verge on history. They developed a technique in the late nineties which enables them to create extremely large ceramic works. The colossal but fragile sculptures are overpowering and prompt observers to contemplate life and death, nature and culture, art and crafts. Continue reading “‘Timeless’ with Bertozzi e Casoni at All Visual Arts”

‘Through American Eyes’ with Frederic Church
at The National Gallery, London

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6th Feb – 28th Apr 2013

Church was a leading member of the Hudson River School of landscape painters, active in the mid-19th century, and a key American exponent of the oil sketch which he executed both at home and on his extensive travels to Niagara Falls, Labrador, Jamaica, Mexico and the Middle East. Oil sketches have become objects of appreciation and study in their own right. Among students of American art, Church’s sketches in particular are admired for their freshness and originality.

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This exhibition brings together around 25 oil sketches. Works are drawn from the incomparable collections of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York, and Olana, Church’s picturesque estate along the Hudson River, now a New York State Historic Site.

‘The Islands Across the Sea’ with Claire Partington
& Cornelia O’Donovan at the James Freeman Gallery

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6th Feb – 9th Mar 2013

A long time ago, before the Age of Reason, the world was explained through stories and imagination. People became animals; animals became spirits; good deeds were rewarded; naughty children were imprisoned, eaten, or worse. And while we may believe ourselves long removed from such fantasies, old narratives still have the ability to resonate deeply within us. The Islands Across the Sea is an exhibition bringing together two artists who explore the enduring potency of myth and folklore, drawing on old tales and historical figures from the British Isles to show how they still hold powerful sway over our imagination.

‘Prisoners’ with Dan Witz at the Lazarides Gallery

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25th Jan – 25th Feb 2013

Effecting the trompe l’oeil technique of painting from Old Masters layered over the contemporary medium of digital photography, Witz’s lifelike depictions appear as if from nowhere on lampposts, doors, walls and windows all around the world. Each image is designed to shock passersby with the unexpected thereby questionning their sense of reality.

Limbs interlace, bodies fall over one another with the diverse emotions expressed at varying stages of the mosh. For those works in Prisoner series, Witz linked with Amnesty International, the biggest international organization for human rights, to portray real-life subjects from their campaign. Each is portrayed in the nude, gagged with bound hands and feet as a symbolic nod to their worldly strife.

‘Pre – Raphaelites in Print’ at Sanders of Oxford

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18th Jan – 31st Jan 2013

Pre –Raphaelites In Print brings together a fine collection of etched and engraved works by distinguished artists of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and their followers. Including work by Edward Burne-Jones, William Holman Hunt and Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
This exhibition provides a rare opportunity to view and purchase scarce printed works by some of the most pre-eminent English artists of the nineteenth Century.
Highlights of the exhibition include a very scarce photogravure by Holman Hunt of the May Day choir singing from the top of Magdalen College Tower, a highly detailed etching by Jules Simon Payrau after Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones’ The Garden of Hesperides alongside a Berlin Photographic Company impression of Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Dante’s Dream at the Time of the Death of Beatrice.

”The Uncanny’ with Berndnaut Smilde
and Adeline de Monseignat at Ronchini Gallery

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16th Jan – 16th Feb 2013

The exhibition’s theme is partly inspired by Sigmund Freud’s celebrated 1919 essay of the same title. Based on the notion that the strange could not exist without the non-strange, Freud’s study pioneered the distinctive nature of the uncanny as a feeling of something not simply weird or mysterious but, more specifically, as something strangely familiar. Freud’s concept of the uncanny and his interpretation of dreams had a significant influence on the Surrealist movement and their depiction of the unnatural and strange.