#6tosee September

by Brit Es Magazine

Check out our #6toSee for September 2017, a selection of six art exhibitions at some of the London’s best art galleries. Our critics pick the six must-see art exhibitions in the UK for this month. We hope you like them!

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1. Julia Spínola. SCAN Spanish Contemporary Art Network . 7 to 23 September. SCAN Project Room. London.  JULIA SPÍNOLA’s first solo exhibition in the UK, a site specific project conceived and produced during her six week residency in London for the SCAN Project Room. She has exhibited internationally in solo and group shows such as ́Cien Rostros Iguales ́, etHALL, Barcelona (2016/17); ́Roca ́with David Bestué, Halfhouse, Barcelona (2016); ́Âo túnel-cabo pelo braço ́, Kunsthalle Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo (2015); ́Hablo, sabiendo que no se trata de eso ́CaixaForum, Barcelona; ́9a Biennal dart Leandre Cristòfol ́La Panera, Lleida (2015); ́Stiff hip gait ́con Alex Reynolds, Komplot, Brussels (2015); ́Uno zurdo y uno diestro, y uno zurdo y uno diestro ́, Galería Heinrich Ehrhardt, Madrid (2014), among others. Her work is included in private and public collections and museums such as Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS); Fundación Marcelino Botín; Colección de Arte Comunidad de Madrid/CA2M; Centro de Arte La Panera y Fundación Montemadrid/La Casa Encendida, Madrid. At the beginning of 2018, she will present a solo show in Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid.


2. María José Arceo: “Future Dust”. 1 to 30 September. Several Venues. London. Artist María José Arceo will highlight this in Future Dust, a large-scale artwork responding to the sheer scale of plastic litter that is being deposited into the Thames. The installation will tour to different riverside locations across London and will be illuminated at dusk by Dutch interactive light artist Tim SchefferThe piece invites the viewer to question their perception of the environmental impact of plastic, whilst challenging Londoners towards a more sustainable future. For the last year, Arceo has been collecting plastic from over forty beaches along the tidal Thames down to the Estuary. Arceo’s work builds on a deep-rooted fascination for both archaeology and oceanography. Her passion for water led her to seek human footprints on all kinds of aquatic environments.

Locations and dates Fri 1 Sep, 11am – 11pm – Potters Fields Park, SE1 2AA, Sun 3 – Wed 6 Sep, 11am – 11pm – Oxo Tower Courtyard, Bargehouse Street, SE1 9PH, Fri 8 – Wed 13 Sep, 11am – 11pm – St. Katharine Docks, St. Katharine Marina, 50 St. Katharine’s Way, E1W 1LA, Fri 15 – Wed 20 Sep, 11am – 11pm – Watermans, 40 High St, Brentford, TW8 0DS, Fri 22 – Sat 30 Sep, 11am – 11pm – Canary Wharf, adjacent to Canary Wharf Pier, E14 8RR


3. Ernesto Cánovas: “In One Breath”. 15 to 30 September. Halcyon Gallery. London. Building upon the themes and techniques explored in previous solo collections, Cánovas’ latest exhibition at Halcyon Gallery sees the artist reflect on the complex connection between past and present, along with an examination of colour and form. The artworks in this exhibition encourage the audience to reflect on their own memories, feelings and impressions and, subsequently, the implications that these recollections have on the present.

In 2016, Cánovas completed an international artist residency at the Espronceda Center for Art and Culture in Barcelona and it was after receiving this award that the concept for In One Breath was born. Cánovas’ return to his childhood city, the home of some of the greatest masters of art, including Gaudí, Dalí, Miró and Tàpies, had a profound effect on him. During his residency, the artist began to view Barcelona from a different perspective and approach it with a fresh outlook. Almost becoming a tourist in his hometown, he was heavily influenced by the rich artistic and cultural history of the city. As a result of this, Cánovas developed a new maturity to his work, culminating in a beautiful and intellectually informed collection of paintings, sculptures and installations. As Aina Pomar writes in her essay on Cánovas:


4. “El Greco to Goya. Spanish Masterpieces from The Bowes Museum”. 27 Sep  to 7 Jan 2018. The Wallace Collection. London. The Wallace Collection presents ‘El Greco to Goya – Spanish Masterpieces from The Bowes Museum’, the first London exhibition of Spanish art from The Bowes Museum in County Durham, including works by Goya and El Greco. The exhibition spans three centuries and explores one of the largest collections of Spanish art in Britain. The majority of these paintings were acquired by John and Joséphine Bowes between 1862 and 1863 from the collection of the Countess de Quinto in Paris, through the art dealer Benjamin Gogué. This collection was largely formed in Spain by the Conde de Quinto after the dissolution of the ecclesiastical institutions – known as the Desamortización – carried out by the Spanish government from 1835 to 1837.

On display are El Greco’s The Tears of Saint Peter, thought to be the artist’s earliest interpretation of this subject, Goya’s psychologically penetrating Portrait of Juan Antonio Meléndez Valdés and disturbing Interior of a Prison, plus perhaps less well known but outstanding works such as Antonio de Pereda’s, Tobias Restoring his Father’s Sight. The works were chosen to explore a period of huge social, religious and political upheaval in Spain, providing a microcosm of the changes in style and subject matter during this period. The paintings complement works by Velázquez and Murillo on permanent display at the Wallace Collection.


5. #LatinBritEs: Jesús Rafael Soto: Sound Mural. Cecilia Brunson Projects. 22 Sep to 3 Nov. London. Cecilia Brunson Projects announces the opening of an exhibition of a unique and rarely seen early sound mural by Jesús Rafael Soto. The exhibition will present the single large scale mural, Murale Panoramico Vibrante Sonoro, 1968. The mural will occupy the whole of the gallery space. The sound work represents a pivotal moment in the artist’s practice. It depicts the crucial point when he pushed his practice away from traditional confines of material and sought dematerialisation. This work represents a key moment, when the wall based Vibraciones works were freed from the two-dimension and then pushed into the free-standing Penetrables. It also marks the point where he liberated the concept of participation with the work.

Jesús Rafael Soto (1923 – 2005) Venezuelan artist Soto was a key figure in Twentieth Century Latin American art, and central to both the Kinetic and Op Art movements.


6. Javier Calderón. “Mapping Contemporary Art in Mexico City”. 16 September. Chalton Gallery. London. Join for this talk with Chalton gallery’s director Javier Calderón who will be talking about institutions, private and public museums, galleries, not for profit and artist run spaces as well as residencies, gossips, etc




Imágenes usadas para la portada son obras de las exposiciones © Sus autores, los artistas aquí anunciados y/o sus representantes.


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