22 February - 23
© Michael Craig-Martin, Alphabet, 2007 Courtesy: Alan Cristea Gallery, London
Michael Craig-Martin is one of the most influential British artists of recent decades. He was a key figure for the YBA generation of artists, whom he taught in his capacity as tutor at Goldsmiths College of Art. In his recent series, Alphabet, he has produced 26 screen-prints in which the letters of the alphabet are overlaid with everyday objects such as a book, a glass of water or an umbrella.
Created in his signature style, these visually arresting images are set against a background of vivid monochrome colours. In this series Craig-Martin plays with the idea of the ABC childrens primer. Instead of a direct ‘A is for Apple’, ‘B is for Ball’, the relationship between the letter and image depicted is not instantly obvious and requires some guess work.
A Hayward Touring exhibition from Southbank Centre, London.
From Grimm to Reality:An exploration of imagination and storytelling in contemporary art
January 11 - February 9
© Paula Rego, Who Killed Cock Robin? II, 1989 Courtesy: Marlborough Gallery
Imagination and the tradition of storytelling, more specifically the art of fantasy, fairytales and nursery rhymes is at the centre of this exhibition.From Grimm to Reality showcases key works such as David Hockney’s Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm and Paula Rego’s nursery rhyme etchings alongside Anya Gallaccio’s ever changing Preserve Beauty, Ana Maria Pacheco’s Misfortunes of a Sardine and Susanna Majuri’s fantastical photographic landscapes. The exhibition is full of references to the imagery portrayed in childhood stories and highlights the rich connection between imagination, the familiar and storytelling in contemporary art. Other highlights to the exhibition include Jane Edden’s Ideal Home sculptures and Joel Ely’s Thinking Bear.