MELANIE GERLIS, Talk with the EDITOR at LARGE OF THE ART NEWSPAPER
Saturday 24th September, 2016 at 2pm - Book your ticket at http://candidastevens.com/collections/artist-talks/products/melanie-gerlis-editor-at-large-of-the-art-newspaper
Exhibition - Participating artists:
THOMAS ALLEN – STEPHEN CHAMBERS RA – EILEEN COOPER RA – TRACEY EMIN RA – NICOLE FARHI – REBECCA FONTAINE WOLF – LAURA FORD – NICOLA GREEN – KIRSTINA HAGSTROM – TOM HAMMICK – JEREMY HOUGHTON – LOU JOHNS – ALICE KETTLE – ANNIE KEVANS – LIANE LANG – IRENE LEES – ENZO MARRA – JANE MCADAM FREUD – CHITRA MERCHANT – ANDREW MILLAR – GRAYSON PERRY RA – MARC QUINN – DAN STEVENS
"By asking the artist, what is iconic to you or what is happening now that you think will be the iconography of tomorrow, the artists have created or selected a piece of particular pertinence to them. Arguably these pieces are therefore amongst the most important and valuable pieces of the artists' work." Candida Stevens, Curator.
21 contemporary British figurative artists, established and emerging, cast their gaze over our social, cultural, religious and political icons, through their 21st century looking glasses. Some are icons themselves and others are arguably creators of future iconic imagery. Here they cut through the bombardment of visuals, noise and information of our modern world and pick out the symbols, people and ideas that represent our thoughts, dominate our attention or are held up as worthy of our adulation in this powerful show.
Curated by Candida Stevens, the artists include Tracey Emin RA, Nicole Farhi, Grayson Perry RA and Marc Quinn. NEW works, created for the show, will be introduced from Stephen Chambers RA, Eileen Cooper RA, Nicola Green, Annie Kevans, Irene Lees and Jane McAdam Freud.
The results are fascinating. Celebrity features highly, think Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol and maybe it’s not surprising. Politics is widely covered in the guises of class, diversity and activism together with some potent social, religious and gender observations. All will engage the viewer, raise questions and open up some lively conversations and debate. Visitors will be able to see images ranging from The Queen to Kate Moss, Barack Obama to Anna Wintour, Marx and Engels to Aung San Suu Kyi, the Mother & Child to the Moon.
ICON is a show that links back through the long History of Art, representing some of its iconic figures and themes, its role as recorder of movements and trends and subject matters of their day. Ask yourself - do you see a movement within this group of notable British artists? Can you spy the trends? Do you recognise these as common obsessions or identify to them as the icons of our time? Candida Stevens Fine Art looks forward to finding out your opinions too…