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Stuck with what to do and see over the summer? Fear not FAD have provided you with a selection of exhibitions not to be missed over the Summer. Brought to you by Kay Roberts and Chantelle Purcell.


Lynda Morris: Dear Lynda
04 July – 04 August 2012
The personal archive – part scrapbook part record of her extraordinary career at the centre of the London scene in the 60’s through to her time as curator at the Norwich Gallery. It’s a who’s who of artists through all that time, too many names to mention, as can be seen from the catalogue produced by White Columns New York; where this show originated.  Letters, photographs, ephemera & catalogues. One quote says it
all : “It was never a job, just the perfect way of life”



Andy Warhol, Flowers, 1970, Screenprint, 91.4 x 91.4 cm, Bank of America Collection, Image © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2011.


Dulwich Picture Gallery
Andy Warhol: The Portfolios
20 June – 16 September 2012
Stunningly beautiful early silkscreen prints from The Bank of America Collection. Last room of later work more complicated & less iconic images. Great interactive link to an interview with Warhol in 1981 & with Bob  Dylan at The Factory. Added bonus of Philip Haas’s The Four Seasons , 4 enormous sculptures in the garden inspired by Arcimboldo’s paintings. (entrance to gallery £11).




Flat Time House
Better Books : Art, Anarchy & Apostacy
28th June—29th July 2012
Curated by Rozemin Keshvani this is  a record of a special time in London during the 60’s when a bookshop off the Charing Cross Rd run by Tony Godwin became the centre of the avant garde. It was a time of the beat poets, street actions, group events, the London Film Co-operative and small press publications.

Special events: Better books screening & panel discussion at South London Gallery 25th July 2012
Luke Fowler: All Divided Selves – 27th July 7 – 9pm




Haunch of Venison (at Eastcastle St)
Simon Patterson: Under Cartel
13 July – 31 August 2012
A photography show with a concept; found photos and large photographic works of equestrian statues in city capitals with the idea they can be swopped between locations. Sometimes a photograph propped by the side, in waiting in case those chosen are not possible. Not sure how the red & blue flashing neon arrows, denoting the swop, work but they do.



Gianni Motti’s invisible ink drawings. Exhibition view, Hayward Gallery 2012


Hayward Gallery
Invisible Art
12 June – 5 August 2012
A playful exhibition with a serious challenge to the viewer. Is it a question of the emperor’s new clothes or can they ‘get’ the work, make something out of nothing. Amongst the ‘invisible’ works, an air flow, an empty plinth, a black room, a maze navigated by sound & text works with instructions how to make an art work.















Julian Opie, Installation view, Lisson Gallery, 2012


Lisson Gallery
Julian Opie
11 July – 25 August 2012
Super slick portraits of those who can pay £25,000 for a day session with the artist (including the chance to purchase for £40,000) with a series of walking figures & a room of seductive LED’s, landscapes incorporating sound & small movements. Julian Opie editions & other items can be found at julianopieshop.com



Grayson Perry


Victoria Miro Gallery
Grayson Perry : The Vanity of Small Differences
 7 Jun – 11 Aug 2012
According to Grayson in a recent interview there is no such thing as an over all ‘taste’
but there exists taste within ‘tribes’. 3 tv programmes showed his investigation & subsequent drawings from 3 British social types. These were worked on with photoshop into 3 designs for the 3 tapestries shown here with several  ceramic works.



David Claerbout, The Algiers Sections of a Happy Moment, Still, courtesy of Parasol Unit


Parasol Unit
David Claerbout: The time that remains
31 May – 10 August 2012

If you head to Victoria Miro be sure to pop into Parasol Unit! Claerbout’s works often depict some everyday activity or event that seems to be the subject of the work, but as time passes we as viewers face a dilemma in how to decipher the artist’s intention. The works not only alter our established understanding of time and the narrative process but also our notions of reality, illusion, and the relationship between them. Highlights in the exhibition are; Bordeaux Piece, 2004 a
single-channel video projection that’s duration is 13 hours 43 minutes. The same scens are  shot at 10 minutes intervals from 5.30am to 10.00pm, actors repeat a set of given dialogue and movements, deconstructing cinematic time. And the other work that stands out is ‘Sunrise’ 2009, which depicts a nocturnal scene inside a modernist villa where a maid is seen going about her chores quitely in the middle of the night. The film follows her shift until very end where we watch her jubiliant cycle home on the country road and her journey into daylight. The film is accompanied by a piece of music by Rachmaniov. Claerbout’s exhibition is as much about the experience surrounding film and the viewer’s gaze.



Andrew Cross, Savernake


A Bucolic Frolic: Distractions from the Modern

29 June – 18 August 2012
A group show: Andrew Cross, Roger Dean, Jonathan Gent, Merlin James, Peter Kinley, Bob Law, George Shaw, Mark Wallinger. The exhibition brings together painting, photography, graphic design, architectural proposition and material related to the music and politics of the outdoor festival movement. It is complimented by a newspaper publication edited by Andrew Cross with Jonathan P.Watts, which contains additional photographs and essays about that sub-culture.


 Yakubu Al Hasan, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana 2009 © Pieter Hugo


The Photographers’ Gallery
Deutsche Borse Photography Prize 2012
13 July – 9 September 2012
The 16th year of the £30,000 prize for ‘a living photographer, of any nationality, for a body of work in exhibition or publication format that has made a significant contribution to photography in Europe between 1 October 2010 & 30 September 2011’. It’s a mixed bag of 4. Pieter Hugo’s Permanent Error is a series from the Ghanaan waster dump workers from Accra. Stark images of absolute poverty. Nominated for the publication. Riinko Kawauchi’s Illuminance, shows delicate washed images from 15 years of commissions & projects , she is nominated for a publication in France. John Stezeker’s collage work was shown at The Whitechapel Gallery & was also shown at The Saatchi Gallery recently as part of Out of Focus: Photography. Is it photography? Technically not but obviously now excepted as such. Christopher Williams creates photographs from the paraphernalia of the photographic process. He is nominated fro a show in the Czech Republic.



Yoko Ono, Installation view, Yoko Ono: TO THE LIGHT, Serpentine Gallery, London  © 2012 Jerry Hardman-Jones


Serpentine Gallery
Yoko Ono: To the Light
19 June – 9 September 2012
The retrospective is beautifully presented, all that sixties grit removed, but it makes good sense of the span of work. These are often new variations of iconic pieces. One project Ono is continuing at The Serpentine is ‘to make a film which includes a smiling face of every single human being in the world’. There is a photo booth at the gallery for you to record your smile for her to present in digital form.




Struth Magers Berlin London
Jenny Holzer : Sophisticated Devices
01 June – 18 August 2012
Vintage LED works flash across – each a thought provoking phrase from Survival – hard to hold onto single texts but hypnotic none the less. The marble benches also have texts but these from the Living series have a quieter message, more poetic and reflective.




Timothy Taylor Gallery
Diane Arbus: Affinities
23 June – 17 August 2012
32 photographs made during her long career and including some from London in 1969 when she worked with Nova, the one magazine charting womens’ attitudes at that time. An ad in The Evening Standard: “Have you ever been told you look the double of someone famous?”  So fitting for her interest in likenesses.




Washing Brain and Corn, Sung Hwan Kim, 2010, video still © Sung Hwan Kim


Tate Modern
The Tanks: Fifteen Weeks of Art in Action
Sung Hwan Kim : Temper Clay
18 July – 28 October 2012
The first major commission for the Tanks by the installation artist from Seoul. Two dark related spaces to wander through and enter another world. Illusional & surreal tales unfold, often with a voice over by Sung Hwang Kim, using simple devices to reveal a history or event. Not to be rushed, each scenario is a film in itself.



Jeremy Willett : Dead Channel
30 June 2012 – 5 August 2012
Delicate constructions rise out of spindly plinths, fronds and platforms in acid colours in risky balance. Behind the surreal desert ‘flowers’ is a morphed op art inspired back drop, all adding up to a ‘techno visual’ experience’ held in check by the narrow vitrine.
To come:
Joel Gray : Stones, Bones and Mobile Phones
Preview Event & Performance : Friday 10 August 6-9pm



Raven Row
The Real Truth. A World’s Fair
Suns only: 29 July, 5,12,19 Aug. 11–6pm

Since London’s Great Exhibition of 1851 world’s fairs have provided a space for nations to represent themselves. They are potent signs of the fantasies, politics and technologies of their times and aspirations for the future. THE REAL TRUTH. A WORLD’S FAIR exposes aspects of the present and proposes ways into the future.

Raven Row’s upstairs galleries will house three libraries: A Military/Intelligence Recruitment Library, Fifth Estate Anarchist Magazine 1965–2012 and Jon Bewley’s ‘Conspiracy Theory’ Library. Artefacts from world’s fairs and designs for a virtual world’s fair will also be displayed. Screenings in two video lounges will include ‘Strange Culture’ by Lynn Hershmann Leeson (2007) and ‘Das Netz’ by Lutz Dammbeck (2003).

Talks & screenings will take place throughout the exhibition check here for more detail



Zhang Huan, 2012

White Cube Bermondsey
Zhang Huan
The Mountain is Still a Mountain
20 July – 26 August 2012

Entitled ‘The Mountain is Still a Mountain’, a reference to the teachings of a Chan Buddhist master from the Tang Dynasty period, this exhibition presents a series of large-scale figurative ash paintings that touch on diverse cultural, political and spiritual themes. Painted from historical photographs taken from old magazines, family albums and the propagandist publications distributed by the government during the Cultural Revolution, At a time of immense and rapid socio-economic change in China, these works look back at its past, marking a fragile line with delicate layers of ash between individual memory and official historical record. The paintings are poetic, spiritual, transformative and highly charged. The highlights within the show is the contrast between the subtle and faded portraits juxtaposed against the brutal and bold landscapes.  A must see!



Hollow/Stuffed: market law, 2012, Biodegradable plastic sacks, metal and salt, White Cube


White Cube Mason’s Yard
Traces of gravity’, Damián Ortega’
18th July – 8th September 2012

Ortega explores man-made and organic systems and the transformative qualities of materials, using salt as a narrative and metaphorical device to examine notions of human intervention, exchange and play and the ways in which these are dictated by physical forces. Creating striking pieces such as ‘Hollow/stuffed, market law’ is based on a plastic model of a World War II German Type XXI submarine, made from

industrial food sacks stuffed with salt and suspended from the ceiling, like a mythical boat. A small hole in the lowest part of the sculpture allows the salt to escape and slowly pile up on the floor during the course of the exhibition.



Blain & Southern 
Gravity & Disgrace
Jul 11 – Aug 25, 2012

A group show curated by Rachel Howard which brings together the artist’s own work with that of Jane Simpson and Amelia Newton Whitelaw. Inspired by the Hayward Gallery’s 1993 exhibition Gravity & Grace: The Changing Condition of Sculpture, 1965 – 1975, the exhibition considers how select artists today continue to explore unconventional materiality through painting and sculpture.




Calvert 22
The Russian Art Show
Highlights from the Innovation Prize
25 July – 16 September 2012

The Innovation Prize is the official state award for contemporary visual arts in Russia. Akin to the Turner prize, this is the first time art from the Innovation Prize has been shown outside Russia. The exhibition will showcase a range of work by both nominated and winning artists from the last seven years, including some of the most innovative and exciting artists working in Russia today across a variety of media. Photography, video and performance are seen alongside works on paper, sculptural objects and installations.

The exhibition, serves as an important and timely survey conveying a sense of Russia’s current artistic practice. Artists include; Viktor Alimpiev, Sergey Bratkov, Alexander Brodsky, Rena Effendi, Aleksandra Galkina, Andrey Kuzkin, Haim Sokol, Where Dogs Run




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