In Bloomsbury again, this time to take the pulse of the young British scene. The Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4‘s “New Sensations” and “The Future Can Wait” are back in Victoria House, promoting (and selling) the cream of the emerging crop. At Delfina Foundation in Victoria, Abbas Akhavan has taken over the organization’s new building on 31 Catherine Place with an installation blurring the boundaries between garden and domestic space.
Today is also a good day to visit a few galleries north of Oxford Street, an area that has become a teeming art hub in less than two years (although you’ll have to come back later in the week for Haunch of Venison Eastcastle Street‘s exhibition by the until-recently-criminally-underrated painter Justin Mortimer).
Carroll/Fletcher is showcasing three new works by founding member of the Black Audio Film Collective John Akomfrah, including his video essay “Peripeteia”, inspired by some Albrecht Durer drawings which are among the earliest known representations of black people. The politics of skin colour is also subtly examined in Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin‘s exhibition “To Photograph The Details of a Dark Horse in Low Light” at Paradise Row. For this project, the duo photographed initiation rituals in Gabon using Kodak film from the 1950s — a period during which the photography giant exclusively used white as the skin colour of reference for its film stock.
A few private views not to miss tonight: Koo Jeong A at Pilar Corrias and David Noonan at Stuart Shave, both on Eastcastle Street. An exhibition of sculptures by Peter Fischli and David Weiss (produced before the latter’s death last April) also opens at Sprüth Magers on Grafton Street, while Tom Friedman continues his irreverent exploration of material at Stephen Friedman. A little further afield, Anish Kapoor celebrates thirty years at Lisson, with an exhibition of new works (pictured) spanning both the gallery’s spaces in Bell Street and Edgware Road.
— Coline Milliard
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