All posts tagged: Whitechapel Gallery


Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

I admit, I haven’t done a Stop Look Listen in a long time, not since before Christmas. There’s no excuse, January has just slipped by in a blink of an eye, but this one’s a cracker. There’s lots of art, design and architecture events to look forward to this year, from a Charles and Ray Eames exhibition at the Barbican to the Alexander McQueen extravaganza at the V&A (they’ve just released an extra 50,000 tickets, hop to it!). But for the moment, you could either reflect on abstract art at the Whitechapel Gallery, get all nostalgic by the seaside at the De La Warr Pavilion or indulge your inner crafter at Heal’s Modern Craft Market. Enjoy! STOP What: Ladybird by Design Where: De La Warr pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea When: Until May 10 Occasionally I do feature events outside of London (shock horror!) and I can’t wait to get out of the big smoke and see this exhibition. Almost everyone who grew up in the UK can probably remember the innocent but delightful Ladybird books from their …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

This weekend I’m hopping off to Morocco (look out for a post next week for photos!) I’ve never been and I’m very excited to check out the markets. In the meantime, here’s three things to check out in London, from a bike tour around East London courtesy of Ace Hotel Shoreditch and tokyobike, to an eery visit to Van Gogh’s former home in Brixton, and an exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery. STOP What: Saskia Olde Wolbers: Yes, These Eyes are the Windows Where: Artangel 87 Hackford Rd, SW9 0RE When: Until June 22 A blue plaque on the front of an innocuous terraced house in Brixton commemorates its past resident, a young man by the name of Vincent van Gogh, a tenant from 1873 until 1874. Now artist Saskia Olde Wolbers opens this door to the public and invites them in to uncover an oral history of one man’s time in the house. LOOK What: Chris Marker: A Grin Without a Cat Where: Whitechapel Gallery, London When: Until June 22 Visionary French filmmaker Chris Marker …


Natural Act collages by Merve Ozaslan

I went to see the Hannah Höch exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery in London this weekend. It’s the gallery’s annual paid exhibition and is well worth a visit. Höch was a member of Berlin’s Dada movement in the 1920s along with George Grosz, Raoul Haussmann and Jean Arp, as well as a driving force in the development of 20th century collage. She spliced together images taken from fashion magazines and illustrated journals, creating a humorous and moving commentary on society during a time of tremendous social change. Later that day I discovered the work of Istanbul-based artist Merve Ozaslan via Pinterest and Behance. In a similar way to Höch, Ozaslan takes vintage black and white photographs, from people on the street to young ladies on the beach, and inserts pieces of natural scenery. The result is an ordinary urban scene juxtaposed tongue-in-cheek with green forests, a field of daisies or the swirling current of the sea. See more of Ozaslan’s work on Behance and follow her on Pinterest. Images: Merve Ozaslan on Behance


Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

Here’s my pick of three things to do this week- the Pop Art exhibition at the Barbican, Sarah Lucas at the Whitechapel Gallery and a film about Harpers Bazaar and Vogue Editor-in-Chief Diana Vreeland. Enjoy! STOP What: Pop Art Design Where: Barbican, London When: Until February 9 Brash, colourful and playful, Pop Art burst onto the scene in the 1950s, shaping a new sense of cultural identity, with a focus on celebrity, mass production and advertising. The Barbican’s latest exhibition brings together around 200 works by over 70 artists and designers, including Richard Hamilton, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, as well as objects by Charles and Ray Eames and Ettore Sottsass. All images © Gar Powell-Evans. LOOK What: Sarah Lucas: Situation Absolute Beach Man Rubble Where: Whitechapel Gallery, London When: Until December 15 The bawdy euphemisms, repressed truths, erotic delights and sculptural possibilities of the sexual body lie at the heart of Sarah Lucas’s work. She first came to prominence in the 1990s with a show at London’s City Racing memorably titled, Penis Nailed to a Board. Her work consists of stained mattresses, …


The Spirit of Utopia

I’ve written a review of The Whitechapel Gallery’s latest exhibition The Spirit of Utopia for Disegno Daily. Ten international artists and collectives have created a series of playful installations that range from a live pottery studio to a futuristic greenhouse. Read the review here.  

Rachel Whiteread at the Whitechapel Gallery

Rachel Whiteread at the Whitechapel Gallery

Originally published in Blueprint Magazine on June 29, 2012 It’s been 110 years in the making for the facade at the Whitechapel Gallery in London to be completed. Finally, with the help of British artist Rachel Whiteread, the Gallery has decorated the recessed plaque between the two terracotta towers on Whitechapel High Street with golden leaves cast in bronze. The original Charles Harrison Townsend designed building was left blank for almost a century after a mosaic frieze by Victorian artist and illustrator Walter Crane was never realised. The resolution of this missing link marks Rachel Whiteread’s first ever permanent public commission in the UK.Whiteread who has been living on Whitechapel’s doorstep for the past 25 years expresses, ‘a deep connection with the area and its cultural depths and diversity’. Her entire cast of a Victorian house from 1993 (the same year she was the first woman to win the Turner Prize), was just around the corner, until it got unceremoniously demolished by the same Tower Hamlets council which have allowed this new permanent addition on the Gallery …

Stop, Look, Listen: Three things to do this week.

var linkwithin_site_id = 519459; STOP. Brain: The Mind as Matter at the Wellcome Collection This major new free exhibition, starting from 29th March to the 17th June, explores what humans have done to brains in the name of medical intervention, scientific enquiry, cultural meaning and technological change. Featuring real brains, artworks, videos and photography, ‘Brains’ asks not what brains do to us, but what we have done to brains, focusing on the bodily presence of the organ rather than investigating the neuroscience of the mind. LOOK. Gillian Wearing at the Whitechapel Gallery.  From the 28th March to the 17th June, the Whitechapel Gallery is showing the work of Turner Prize-winning YBA artist Gillian Wearing, whose films and photographs explore our public personas and private lives. Drawing from early fly-on-the-wall documentaries and reality TV, Wearing’s portraits reveal a paradox- given the chance to dress up, put on a mask or act out a role, the liberation of anonymity allows us to more truly ourselves. Image LISTEN. Writing Madness on BBC Radio Four. Vivienne Parry takes her diagnoses of literary …

Government Art Collection - Richard Of York Gave Battle in Vain by Cornelia Parker at Whitechapel Gallery

Government Art Collection – Richard Of York Gave Battle in Vain by Cornelia Parker at Whitechapel Gallery

The second display of the Government Art Collection at Whitechapel Gallery in London was this year selected and curated by artist Cornelia Parker. The artworks are arranged by hue, hence the exhibition title ‘Richard Of York Gave Battle in Vain’- a familiar mnemonic used to recall the key colours of the spectrum. The exhaustive task of sifting through the Government Art Collection’s vast array of 13,500 works led Parker to select the images by applying a kind of colour theory; a conscious way of choosing the works which would be hung in just one room. As Parker explains in the exhibition guide; “Presenting a cacophony of colour; an optical mix that allows the opportunity to blend your own political tint […] The spectrum as a way of unifying or codifying the works gives rise to curious juxtapositions, random clashes of Old Masters rubbing shoulders with YBAs”. Image: Government Art Collection