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FORM vs FORM: Abbi Torrance and Paul Ridyard

27 January 2012 - 25 February 2012

Private View Friday 27th January, 6.30-9pm (in association with SLAM Fridays)

BEARSPACE is pleased to present Abbi Torrance and Paul Ridyard in FORM vs FORM: an exhibition bringing together their unique practices to investigate the construction of perception through social and romantic ideologies and formations.

Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam

26 January – 15 April 2012

One of the five pillars of Islam central to Muslim belief, Hajj is the pilgrimage to Mecca that every Muslim must make at least once in their lifetime if they are able. This major exhibition charts the history of this deeply personal journey.

David Hockney RA: A Bigger Picture

21 January - 9 April 2012

In January 2012 the Royal Academy of Arts will showcase the first major exhibition of new landscape works by David Hockney RA. Featuring vivid paintings inspired by the East Yorkshire landscape, these large-scale works have been created especially for the galleries at the Royal Academy of Arts.

Raphael Hefti: Launching Rockets Never Gets Old

20 January 2012 - 18 March 2012

For the past ten years Swiss artist Raphael Hefti has been interfering with material processes manipulating and transforming different substances to surprising effect. Coming from a technical background with a keen interest in how things are made and what things can do, Hefti sets-up pseudo scientific experiments which challenge industrial fabricators and ultimately divert objects from their original state.

Transition or the Inner Image Revisited

20th January to 2nd March 2012

Art Space Gallery presents an exhibition looking at the radical interaction of art and education in the 1960s in two British cities: Leicester and Cardiff.  It tells the story of the Leicester Group and their associates – eight young artists around the inspirational teacher Tom Hudson.

If the history of art tends to be told through events in capital cities and other great metropolitan centres this exhibition looks at a vital, but little known moment of creative flux in two provincial cities, neither of them known for art. It is the story of a moment of transition: between places, between movements and approaches to the making of art, and between generations. It shows how a group of young artists, the so-called Leicester Group and their associates, extended the utopian language of constructivism through exuberant and irreverent use of modern materials and popular imagery.

London Art Fair

18th - 22nd January 2012.

London Art Fair presents over 100 galleries featuring the great names of 20th century British art and exceptional contemporary work from leading figures and emerging talent.

Gary Hume: The Indifferent Owl

18 January – 25 February 2012

White Cube is pleased to announce 'The Indifferent Owl', an exhibition of new paintings and sculptures by Gary Hume. Over the past twenty years, Hume has developed a distinctive visual language of bold, simplified forms to create paintings that engage the viewer with their pleasantly irresolvable quality. The exhibition, his first in London for over four years, brings together a large and varied body of new work that will occupy both the Hoxton Square and Mason's Yard galleries.


13th January to 19th February 2012

Danielle Arnaud
123 Kennington Road,
London SE11 6SF

Catherine Yass: Lighthouse

13th January to 11th February 2012

It is a most eerie and vertiginous experience [and] is one of Yass's best works to date…In Lighthouse, the angles are blended - grazing the waves, rushing below, rising to aerial viewpoint - and the pace changes to the point where the experience is dizzying. The film fills one's entire optical range, as it seems, with something too strange to grasp.
Laura Cumming, The Observer, July 2011

Denis Patrakeev | 361 °

13 January – 18 February

Erarta Galleries London is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Denis Patrakeev. One of the youngest rising stars of the Russian art scene, Patrakeev makes bleak, powerfully unsettling work that addresses the operations of memory, and the traumas of identity and belonging within contemporary society.

His ‘Game Earth’ series of paintings depict children’s playgrounds: a sort of idealized, isolated model of social interaction, a rehearsal space for future social behavior – yet also an arena, as the artist describes it, “where I started to depart from the real me – as a child in a playground, during my first unprotected contact with society”.

Damien Hirst: The Complete Spot Paintings 1986-2011

12th January to 18th February 2012

The Gagosian Gallery presents “The Complete Spot Paintings 1986–2011” by Damien Hirst.

I was always a colorist, I’ve always had a phenomenal love of color… I mean, I just move color around on its own. So that’s where the spot paintings came from—to create that structure to do those colors, and do nothing. I suddenly got what I wanted. It was just a way of pinning down the joy of color.  —Damien Hirst

Christian Megert: a new space

11th January to 24th January 2012

In September 2011, James Mayor, John Austin and Hubertus Schoeller of the Mayor Gallery met with Christian Megert to discuss the forthcoming Megert exhibition, first at the gallery and afterwards during an excellent dinner near the Cork Street premises. James Mayor invited Christian Megert to give his view of the origins of Zero and to explain his own contribution to the development of the group in this catalogue. What he produced is not a complete presentation. In the form of a scarce curriculum vitae, Megert recalls, without pathos, events, meetings and facts. He explains his manifesto, his own cultural-political engagement and describes the connections and relationships between the various artists’ groups in Europe after World War 2, from 1957 until their worldwide recognition. 

Chris Appleby: The City Staged and Towards a Wooden O

11 January – 18 February, 2012

Art First is pleased to present the second solo exhibition of Chris Appleby's work. Within his titles lie the underlying themes of his work:The City Staged and Towards a Wooden O encapsulate the imaginary worlds of the City of London and Shakespeare's Globe (the Wooden O), with many stories, theatrical revelations and magical dramas that have become part of a personal mythology to emerge from the painter's London studio.

Lygia Pape : Magnetized Space

10th January to 19th February 2012

Lygia Pape (1927-2004) was a leading Brazilian artist whose work brought together formal rigour and daring experimentation. In her own words, she explained her approach: 'My concern is always invention. I always want to invent a new language that's different for me and for others, too... I want to discover new things. Because, to me, art is a way of knowing the world... to see how the world is... of getting to know the world'.

Jonathan Yeo: You're only Young Twice

9th December 2011 - 21st January 2012

For his first UK show since 2008, Yeo makes a departure from his renowned portraits and collages to explore the fast-growing phenomenon of cosmetic surgery. Over the last 18 months, Yeo has been observing the work of leading cosmetic surgeons in the UK and US to produce a collection of work that uncovers the processes and results of pre and post-operative procedures on women.

Anouk Kruithof: Fragmented Identity

5th January to 4th February 2012

In her first solo show in the UK the acclaimed Dutch artist Anouk Kruithof will present an adaptation of her Illy Prize nominated project Fragmented Entity shown in the 2011 edition of Art Rotterdam.

“Anouk Kruithof’s work is all about the framing. Her language is simple and light like the materials she uses, ranging from video, postcards, posters, stacks of paper, newspapers, books and (photo)prints. She takes photos and transfers the images across different surfaces and spaces, composing spatial mnemonic theatres in the form of minimal installations. What makes Kruithof’s works different from pure conceptual speculations about the act of art creation is the affection for the tactile and sharing dimension of the pieces, as well as a longing for perpetual memory. We are not talking about semiotics, but rather of the human mind, with its pulsating emotions and seizing logic co-existing together.” (Nicolla Bozzi)