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Winter Highlights - January 2020

A PUBLIC COMMISSION BY ALEXANDRA CARR AT THE TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY DUBLIN

In the making, Alexandra Carr’s new commission is starting its highest level of activity at the Technological University Dublin’s new city campus in Grangegorman, Dublin 7. Chosen after an open competition through ‘…the lives we live’ Grangegorman Public Art programme, this new commission will be realised in close association between the artist, the Grangegorman Development Agency, TU Dublin, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios – the building Design Team architects – and Renée Pfister Art & Gallery Consultancy. This site-specific installation will be the largest institutional presentation of the artist’s work to date. The inauguration of the work is scheduled for Autumn 2020.


Courtesy and ©Alexandra Carr, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Grangegorman Development Agency, Renée Pfister Art & Gallery Consultancy, London, and the Technological University,  Dublin, 2020. All rights reserved.

 

PIP DICKENS' DRAWINGS IN THE BRITISH MUSEUM PRINTS & DRAWINGS COLLECTION

We are delighted to announce that four drawings by Pip Dickens, Fine Art Lecturer in Painting has been acquired by the British Museum for their permanent Prints & Drawing Collection. The small charcoal drawings from ‘The Woods’ series are examples of her sustained interest in trees which has run alongside her distinctive painting practice over 30 years.

The British Museum is a leader in research and publication of drawings and has one of the world’s most extensive collections of graphic work. Their holdings in drawings range from the earliest drawn works to contemporary drawings. They actively search out and collect the very best new work for the collection.

The acquisition was made possible through Renée Pfister Art & Gallery Consultancy.


Courtesy and ©Pip Dickens, British Museum, Department of Prints & Drawings and Renée Pfister Art & Gallery Consultancy, London, 2020. All rights reserved.

 

SPRING LECTURES 2020 

Renée Pfister will present various lectures at the Institute of Conservation and  Sotheby's Institute of Art as well as her Curating and Exhibition Management course at City University. 

  
Topics covered:

Demystifying the Art Market - 24 February 2020, by invitation only.
Curating in Commercial Galleries - 25 February 2020, by invitation only.
Delivering International Exhibitions - 27 February 2020,
by invitation only.


Read more about the Curating and Exhibition Management course here


Courtesy of City University,  Institute of Conservation, Sotheby's Institute of Art, and Renée Pfister Art & Gallery Consultancy, London, 2020. All rights reserved.

 

BELONGING - FIROUZ FARMAN FARMAIAN - ARTIST IN FOCUS - NOVEMBER 2019

Firouz Farman Farmaian's oeuvre explores memory and identity. He contemplates his family's escape from Iran. They were exiled with him to Paris when the last King, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was ousted in the 1979 Iranian revolution, in a quest to form a life outside of everything they knew, hoping for a better future.  

Living suddenly in an unfamiliar Western society, attending school in Paris and making new friends must have been a challenge and an unusual and bewildering experience  for the young Farman Farmaian. France has profoundly influenced both his creative practice and character. "It is a circumstance that ultimately shapes lives," says the artist, whose work actively pursues engagement in a dialogue with the past, where memories of bygone events and happenings provide a sense of personal identity.


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We are delighted to announce that the site-specific installation Memorandum of the Unknown Path, by Firouz Farman Farmaian at Théatre Royal de Marrakech, forms part of the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, public programme in Marrakech.  Opening 21 Februray 2020,  until 21 March 2020. 

 

Newsletter: ©Fiourz Farman Farmaian and Renée Pfister, 2019. All rights reserved.

Video: Courtesy and ©Firouz Farman Farmaian and Renée Pfister (text), with the assistance of Galina Matveeva, 2019. All rights reserved. The music has been licensed under a he music has been under the terms of a free art licence. https://files.freemusicarchive.org/storage-freemusicarchive-org/music/ccCommunity/Lessazo/Soleil_dhiver/Lessazo_-_05_-Modibo_chante__la_maison.mp3 

 

BREAKING THE CYCLE - MARCUS HODGE  - ARTIST IN FOCUS - DECEMBER 2019

India,  a country with an extensive political and cultural history along with a pluralistic, multilingual and multi-ethnic society has inspired artists for millennia.  The region has always produced its own local artists who skilfully pursued an innovative approach in art making, presenting an aesthetic which has been globally admired.

Nonetheless, the nation’s ancient traditions and outlandish rituals, along with vibrant colours, surprising materials, penetrating scents and constant noise levels provide endless sources of stimuli. For instance, the artists Edouard Baribeaud, Anthony Gormley and Howard Hodgkin have spent time in India to enrich their creative practice.
  
Marcus Hodge a successful British painter well-known for his consummate portraiture and accomplished  equestrian canvases, travels frequently to the subcontinent.  In 2016, he begun to artistically explore his lifelong fascination with the world’s largest democracy to develop a new painterly style. Moving forward meant that Hodge had to abandon the traditional methods of his craft. It took a great deal of courage, knowing that most collectors do not approve of artists who dramatically alter their work. Nevertheless, he recognised in order to convey his gathered impressions and insights in a distinct manner - a radical shift was required.
 
The Gateway and Tantric and series, where energetic strokes embrace densely worked hues, claiming presence and void, were first shown in November 2017 at Roundtree Tyron, London, achieving much public attention. Hodge’s latest exhibition Breaking the Cycle,  at Art Moorhouse, London, is an account of his most recent visit to the holy city of Varanasi. Delving into one of the country’s oldest ceremony  - the funeral procession – paying honour to the departed. Culturally, India’s society is far closer connected to death compared to communities in the western world, where demise is often taboo.  For Hodge and his paintings  it represents a symbol of a new beginning  -  a blend of beauty, intellectual depth and spiritual meaning -.  

 

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Newsletter: ©Marcus Hodge (images and text), Elisa Martinelli (Art Moorhouse), Renée Pfister (foreword), 2019. All rights reserved.
  
Video: Courtesy and ©Marcus Hodge, images and text), Elisa Martinelli (Art Moorhouse) Renée Pfister (foreword) and Joel Rundel (photography) with the assistance of Galina Matveeva, 2019. All rights reserved. The music has been licensed under under the terms of a free art licence. 

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