“Whitechapel Gallery”

When museums deal with private collectors

The Art Newspaper reports that for several years now, museum directors have been organising exhibitions for collectors with private museums overseas, to make up for their lack of public funds. Frances Morris, director of the Tate Modern, notably organised a post-war Asian and European art exhibition for the private museum of collector George Economou in Athens, just as curator Mark Godfrey coordinated a minimalist art retrospective for him earlier in the year. And the Greek collector, a board member of the Tate Foundation, made a big donation to the Tate Modern… Iwona Blazwick, director of the Whitechapel Gallery, also settled a three-year agreement with the British-Canadian Weston family, in 2011, in exchange for which an exhibition was organised in their residence in Windsor, Florida. Meanwhile, director of the LACMA, Michael Govan, has worked with François Pinault to help him acquire an installation by Bruce Nauman, For Beginners (2010), and the museum today owns 50 % of the work. Bear in mind that Govan also curated an arte povera exhibition at Punta della Dogana, Pinault’s private museum in...

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Nicholas Serota leaves the Tate to chair Arts Council England

At the age of 70 years, Nicholas Serota is leaving the Tate where he has been director for nearly 30 years. As of February 2017, he will be chair of Arts Council England. In 1988, after directing the Whitechapel Gallery in London for 12 years, Nicholas Serota joined the Tate and supervised the opening of the Tate St Ives in 1993, the Tate Modern in 2000, and the new extension of the Tate Modern this year. Serota is one of the world’s most influential figures in international art. He has been president of the jury of the Turner Prize at practically every edition. He thus declared in a press release: “Over the past thirty years there has been a sea-change in public appreciation of the visual arts in this country. Tate is proud to have played a part in this transformation alongside other national and regional museums and the new galleries that have opened across the country in places like Walsall, Margate, Wakefield, Gateshead and...

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Arab Art at Whitechapel Gallery, London

The Whitechapel Gallery, London is showcasing the works from the Barjeel Art Foundation’s collection of Arab Art in an exhibition entitled “Imperfect Chronology: An exhibition in 4 parts” running from 8 September 2015 until 8 January 2017. The four parts are more like four chapters exploring the historic development of local modernism in the Arab world. The first two parts are entitled “Debating Modernism” and will run first from 8 September to 6 December 2015 and secondly from 15 December 2015 to 6 March 2016. These two parts will explore a colourful collection of artwork harking back to the early artist salons that could at one time be found throughout the Arab world. The first part will trace an Arab art history using a genealogy running from the early 20th century to 1967-8. The presentation includes 40 works from artists such as Munira Al-Kazi (Kuwait), Dia Azzawi (Iraq) and Inji Efflatoun (Egypt) amongst others. The second part will look at the development of abstract and figurative art during the period 1968-87, displaying works by Kamal Boullata, Hoguette Caland, Marwan and Abdul Qader Al Rais. The third and fourth parts of the exhibition are entitled “Mapping the Contemporary” and will run from 25 April to 14 August 2016 thirdly and 23 August 2016 to 8 January 2017 fourthly. The first section explores the theme of territory and borders through the mediums of photography and film from 1990-2000 and includes works by  Yto Barrada, Mohammed Kazem, Joana Hadjithomas and Khlail Joreige, Walid Raad, and Akram Zaatari. And the final part will focus on the artists’ engagement with their landscapes, exploring urban development and architecture. Artists include Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Etel Adnan, Marwa Arsanios, GCC and Iman...

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“Natures, Natural, and Unnatural” at Whitechapel Gallery

Whitechapel Gallery in London, United Kingdom, is currently hosting a group exhibition dedicated to nature entitled “Natures, Natural, and Unnatural” until 15 June 2015. The works on display in this exhibition are on loan from the V-A-C collection and were selected by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, an artist who was nominated for the 2013 Turner Prize. Inspired by nature, the works were chosen for their ability to celebrate the arrival of spring through a variety of mediums such as painting, photography, and video. They also explore the way in which people interact with nature, both externally and internally. Amongst the chosen works are: David Hockney’s O Sunflowers (1996); Green Trees (1998), a large-scale painting of a forest by Peter Doig; Dancing with Dad (2003), a video by Jan Toomik, in which the artist dances in a sunny wood in which his father is buried; and finally, a series of bright silkscreen prints by Andy Warhol depicting a cow. The works on loan from the V-A-C Foundation are managed by Omar Khalif, curator at Whitechapel Gallery, and his assistant Habda...

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Richard Long to be honoured as Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon

It has been announced that Richard Long will be the second artist to be awarded the Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon, at a special gala dinner hosted by Whitechapel Gallery Director Iwona Blazwick OBE on 19 March. This award, supported by The Swarovski Foundation, honours the lifetime achievements of a particular artist. Born in 1945, Richard Long is a UK-based artist who makes sculptures, photographs and text works documenting his journeys all over the world. Long has has many major solo exhibitions at numerous venues, including: Tate Britain, London; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and The Hayward Gallery, London. Long won the Turner Prize in 1989, and Japan’s Praemium Imperiale for sculpture in...

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