Curated by Alistair Hicks. Since the beginning of the 20th century, in a claim to modernity, ‘unnecessary’ decoration was removed from any work of art and architecture. Today, this idea seems obsolete. Most of the artists included in this show believe that it’s possible to be modern and embrace ornament.
In his 1908 essay “Ornament and Crime”, Adolf Loos, declared that you could not be decorative and modern. He makes no good arguments for this outrageous claim, just asserts it. Yet this view of Modernism has under-pinned the last hundred years of mainstream Western art history. This exhibition is devoted to contemporary artists who are resisting Loos' edict. They are finding their own balance between simplicity and ornament. The aim of this show is not only to make people re-examine their prejudice against ornament but rather to show that a curved line is every bit as revealing about the way we think and feel as a straight line.
An exhibition and auction of over 200 unique drawings, showcasing the most exciting artists working today. Including works using every imaginable technique, Drawing Biennial 2019 affirms the centrality of drawing to all spheres of artistic production. The exhibition includes more than 200 new and recent works on paper by leading international artists of different generations.
In the exhibition, artists associated with the medium of drawing such as Charles Avery, Huma Bhabha, Nikhal Chopra and Kathy Prendergast sit alongside those better known as sculptors, such as Richard Deacon, Francis Upritchard and Alison Wilding, or as painters, such as Ryan Mosley and George Shaw.
Culminating in an online auction in the exhibition’s final two weeks, all works are available to purchase from a starting bid of £300. Proceeds from the auction support Drawing Room’s exhibition, learning and publishing programme and growth of its unique study [...]
Nilbar Güres, Her vagina is in her hair; when I was a child, I wished to draw about patriarchalism, 2014
The feminist struggle, political change and ideas about resistance are the focus of the international group exhibition Still Burning, presented at Varbergs konsthall. To mark the centenary of women's rights in Sweden, 10 artists explore the life of women between 1919 – 2019 from a global and local perspective. Across 20 strong works, newly produced as well as borrowed artefacts from archives in the province of Halland, the exhibition highlights the woman's position in society now and then.
The participating artists are Heba Y Amin (Egypt), Anna Uddenberg (Sweden) Lady Skollie (South Africa), Åsa Jungnelius (Sweden), Mary Maggic (USA/China), Kristina Johansson (Sweden), Nilbar Güreş (Turkey) Sisters of Jam (Sweden) and Saadia Hussain (Sweden/Pakistan). The exhibition is curated by Giulia Casalini and Camilla Påhlsson.
Still Burning is a major theme-based exhibition and research project which tracks the history of feminism [...]
The Time Needs Changing questions our geo-politically controlled notions of time. The three artists in this show give alternatives to linear time, which is currently strictly enforced by the power structures under which we live.
The works of Cao Fei, Nilbar Güreş and the Raqs Media Collective release the shackles of time, and suggest alternative and parallel paths. The exhibition presents a thought-scape that draws from three different parts of the world; China, Turkey and India. The artists explore time through drawing, video, photography, installation and new media.
Time is one of the many subjects addressed by the participants of the exhibition. Their works help us better understand our relations with ourselves, as well as those with the world around us. Nilbar Güreş questions masculine linear time; Cao Fei offers us greater control in a world where real and virtual intersect; and the Raqs Media Collective liberates time itself in [...]