Video Review : Island: Dairy Art Centre


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Previously a milk depository, the Dairy Art Centre in London shows the cream of contemporary-art from around the world.
Its latest exhibition Island, curated by Sarina Basta, explores the Utopian Aldous Huxley novel of the same name.

Artists
Ai Weiwei, John Armleder, Sylvie Auvray, Tom Benson, Valentin Carron, Jake and Dinos Chapman, George Condo, Ann Craven, Thomas Demand, Fang Lijun, Urs Fischer, Théodore Fivel, Sylvie Fleury, FOS, Cyprien Gaillard, Gunjan Gupta, Anthea Hamilton, Thilo Heinzmann, Terence Koh, Sergej Jensen, Rashid Johnson, Per Kirkeby, Adriana Lara, Franck Leibovici & Diemo Schwarz, Ursula Mayer, Takashi Murakami, Order of the Third Bird, Jagannath Panda, Mai-Thu Perret, Sigmar Polke, Laure Prouvost, R.H. Quaytman, Ugo Rondinone, Sterling Ruby, Tomàs Saraceno, Julian Schnabel, Cindy Sherman, Dirk Skreber, Haim Steinbach, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Thukral and Tagra, Andro Wekua, Douglas White, Zeng Fanzhi.

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‘Island’, an exhibition bringing together the works of over forty established and emerging international contemporary artists. It is constructed as the unfolding chapters of a novel based on Aldous Huxley’s Island of 1962, autopian story and counterpart to the Brave New World written thirty years earlier.

Inspired by some of the themes of the novel, the exhibition presents a selection of works from the collection of Dairy Art Centre founders, Frank Cohen and Nicolai Frahm, whilst also including loans from the Americas, Asia and Europe, and a dozen new commissions and first-time releases.

New commissions include Swiss artist Sylvie Fleury’s giant mushrooms, a clock work by John Armleder, a new wall painting by U.S. artist Ann Craven, ambiguous material by the Order of the Third Bird, traces of evanescent wall mural by Tom Benson, new works by Ursula Mayer, and Franck Leibovici & Diemo Schwarz.

Stepping into the exhibition the visitor is invited to retrace the steps of Bloomsbury-born Island protagonist Will Farnaby, observer, actor and catalyst, as imagined by the organisers of the exhibition, or to simply meander among singular artistic proposals. ‘Island celebrates the polyphonic and singular voices of the participating artists and their works, inviting the exhibition’s visitors to join in a shared experience of the here and now.

dairyartcentre.org.uk

Also Read : An Aldous Huxley novel provides the starting point for a diverse show of contemporary art FT.com

About Mark Westall

Mark Westall is the Founder and Editor of FAD magazine, ' A curation of the world’s most interesting culture' [PLUS] Art of Conversation: A tri-annual 'no news paper' AofC - Issue 1 Autumn 2018

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