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Discover the big names of tomorrow at FLUX Exhibition 11th – 15th April 2018

What an exciting month with plenty of art fairs and exhibitions! Make sure you don’t miss FLUX Exhibition from the 11th to the 15th of April at the Chelsea College of Art.

FLUX is London’s leading exhibition to discover the most talented, dynamic painters, sculptors and performance artists.

FLUX has established itself as the platform for contemporary artists to be discovered and to be part of an exceptional, inspirational art event. Hosted by Chelsea College of Arts in London and curated by Lisa Gray, the founder of FLUX, this fifth, much anticipated edition brings 100 artists to the fore. Lisa has hand selected the very best emerging and established artists for a five-day event.

FLUX opening party comes alive with musical guests, performance art and site specific installations which complement the work and bring a new experimental approach to the exhibition.

The show represents an opportunity to gain access to a vast and diverse group of gifted artists, on the path to being the big names of tomorrow, showcasing international talent in a collaborative, inclusive show. FLUX celebrates artists on the precipice of wider accolade and fame.

The exhibition will also be featuring the unique, Mini-Masterpieces where smaller artworks by FLUX artists can be purchased for £300 or less. A great way for a new collector to invest in art at a fraction of the price of artists’ normal sized works.

Private View: April 11th 18.00 – 21.00

For more info visit: http://www.fluxexhibition.com

John Marchant Gallery presents Ruth Marten

The Birds is US artist Ruth Marten’s third solo exhibition in the UK and brings with it her trademark intrigues and pleasures. Vintage prints and photographs constitute the supports for a cornucopia of fantastical, visual sauts de basque, as Marten delves into the picture surfaces – collaging, rearranging, drawing and painting – ascribing whole new narratives with marvellous precision and verve.

“The Birds, a survey, came about as the result of the abysmal campaign and election in the US which instilled in myself and my friends a strong desire to fly away. Easier said than done, hence the immersion into the realm of birds! Fortunately that world is deep and wide with innumerable interfaces with our own so, whether reflecting natural history of an utterly absurd scenario, there is much material here to play with.” 

The Birds is the continuation of a body of work that Marten instigated ten years ago with Histoire un-Naturelle, shown with the John Marchant Gallery in London; with Gallery Hosfeldt in NYC and, most recently, with Fountains and Alligators at Cologne’s Galerie van der Grinten. 

For Marten’s upcoming exhibition at the Eagle Gallery, all her works will be certified with Tagsmart’s DNA Tags and accompanied by a secure Certificate of Authenticity, guaranteeing proof of ownership and provenance for collectors.

The Birds will be on show until September 30.
159 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3AL

Adam Lee's ‘This Earthen Tent’ exhibition at Beers London

Adam Lee works from his studio in the hills of the Macedon Ranges, Australia, and he works mostly with traditional painting and drawing materials. His work references a wide range of sources including historical and colonial photography, biblical narratives, natural history and contemporary music, film and literature to investigate aspects of the human condition in relation to ideas of temporal and supernatural worlds.

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Lee’s This Earthen Tent exhibition at Beers London presents a new series of work in which he continues to explore pilgrimage and the experience of lamentation as a metaphor for the experience of painting. 

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Themes of family, shelter, and a sense of protection tend to represent the works, evoking a sense of ethereality or nostalgia, but ultimately reflecting his fascination with our longing for home, however evasive or mysterious that may appear.

As viewers, we quickly become aware of Lee’s interest in archaic figures and a tendency toward folkloric and fantastical imagery. From the idyllic to the pastoral, his paintings include shrine and tabernacles, funerary scenes or pilgrimage groups, often circulating around the hermit as a metaphoric figure or unknowing protagonist.

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Lee’s works are often accompanied by a sense of regeneration. It seems time converges; the past, future and present become one, and narratives become complex and uncertain.

Adam Lee: This Earthen Tent will be on display until September 30.

‘Dahan: Contemporary Monk Painting’ at the Mall Galleries

Born in China in 1967, Dahan remembers how his appetite for painting was so strong as a child when he collected minerals from the nearby Wuyi Mountains to draw and paint on the walls and floors of his home.

But it wasn’t until after he studied and taught as an artist that Dahan felt shaken by the spirit of Buddha, becoming ‘enlightened’ through a visit to an eminent monk Master Yuan Yin. He became a monk in 2002 and his art transformed.  

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The 23 paintings in the exhibition at the Mall Galleries demonstrate the artist’s transition from the preoccupations of a ‘layman of earthly ties’ – which included ‘anxieties, powerlessness and confusion of urban dwellers’ to the Zen paintings of a pastoral hermit.

His Zen painting style of natural environments integrates Chinese and Western landscape aesthetics, but the colours and hues he chooses aim to express emptiness. He draws with Zen, to explain the mountains, rivers, earth, universe and stars, with the hope that it fills viewers’ hearts with Dharma joy.

His most recent work aims to depict the awe he has for Buddhism and guide viewers through their own spiritual search.

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Dahan said: “I wanted to come to the UK to learn and communicate and to see how the British public will react to my work. The UK was one of the first countries to complete the industrial revolution, it is highly-developed, has a world-class education system and a reputation for excellent manners. Britain also has a host of extremely talented artists, such as the Pre-Raphaelites, Gainsborough, Constable, Turner, Henry Moore, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and David Hockney. My experience here may also bring inspiration and revelation to my future artistic creations.”

Dahan: Contemporary Monk Painting will be on show until August 26.

Tommy Clarke at the Bosham Gallery from August 5th

Tommy Clarke has taken some of the most extraordinary aerial photographs around the world, and he is now firmly established as one of Britain’s most collectable photographers.

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By hanging out of helicopters to capture mesmerising shapes and colours from the air, Clarke gives his images a very distinct and recognisable style. His vivid aerial photographs of beaches, salt lakes and bubbling geysers make earth look like abstract art.

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Following his successful solo exhibition Up In The Air last autumn, he will be now showcasing his work at the Bosham Gallery from August 5th until October 1st. 

He has recently launched a collection of beachwear based on his photographs with M&S Menswear and will be opening his own gallery in South London soon.

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In the meanwhile, check out his most recent interview with Aerial Cornwall here.

Tagsmart was here: Harland Miller, Alison Mc Kenna and (many) others

O Canada! 
Fiona Ackerman, Andy Dixon, Kim Dorland, Scott Everingham, Thrush Holmes, Erin Loree, Erik Olson, Justin Ogilvie, Andrew Salgado, Andrea Willamson and Etienne Zack 

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The gallery, which began with pop-up exhibitions in Vancouver in 2008, maintains an exhibition programme with a partially Canadian focus. Led by Director Kurt Beers, who is himself Canadian, the exhibition celebrates the 150th birthday of Canada and provides the first opportunity for the gallery to host an exhibition with exclusively Canadian artists.

Intentionally circumventing any overriding theme, O Canada! finds commonalities between the 11 artists based solely on their heritage, raising questions as to whether there truly is some sort of collective, cultural consciousness or aesthetic tradition.

BEERS London, until August 19
1 Baldwin Street, EC1V 9NU


A Harmony of Opposites
Alison Mc Kenna

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John Marchant Gallery presents British artist Alison Mc Kenna’s first solo exhibition, A Harmony of Opposites. McKenna creates a sense of space and energy, ‘trying to find a simplicity and a charge’. By introducing the idea to accept and use imbalance, her works render the viewer slightly unsteady, searching for symmetry and order.

A number of the works on display were created in Andalusia and the white light of the south is evident throughout the show. A sense that is heightened by the hazy impressions created by the bursts of black charcoal and sporadic dabs of blazing colour.

John Marchant Gallery, until July 29
159 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3AL


One Bar Electric Memoir
Harland Miller

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Harland Miller is both a writer and an artist, practising both roles over a peripatetic career in both Europe and America.

In 2001 Miller produced a series of paintings based of the dust jackets of Penguin books. By combining the motif inherent in the Penguin book, Miller found a way to marry aspects of Pop Art, abstraction and figurative painting at once, with his writer’s love of text. The ensuing images are humorous, sardonic and nostalgic at the same time, while the painting style hints at the dog-eared, scuffed covers of the Penguin classics themselves. Miller continues to create work in this vein, expanding the book covers to include his own phrases, some hilarious and absurd, others with a lush melancholy.

White Cube Mason’s Yard, until September 9
25-26 Mason’s Yard, St. James’s, SW1Y 6BU

Tagsmart tags Chris Levine’s latest series of portraits showing at The Fine Art Society

Tagsmart have worked with Chris Levine on his latest exhibition ‘Who are wE’ at The Fine Art Society until 19 May 2017. In his breath-taking photographs, the artist uses lenticular light-boxes illuminating the world’s most famous faces in three dimensions.

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The highly acclaimed artist joined Tagsmart in November 2016 to protect his artwork and seal the authenticity of his photographs. For this exhibition, the Tagsmart team visited TwelveArts to carefully place our Smart Tags for paper and aluminium on his most recent series of British Portraits, these included; supermodels Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss, fashion designer Paul Smith and explorer and author Sir Ranulph Fiennes, to name a few.

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Our Smart Tags hold the most advanced technological security features, including our unique synthetic DNA. All Smart Tags are incredibly discrete, carefully applied to the back of an artwork. These are entirely tamperproof and if you were to attempt to remove it, then it would be completely destroyed and deemed unusable. Each unique Smart Tag links to a physical certificate and digital artwork record and together provides an irrefutable solution for sealing artwork authenticity.

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Most recently Levine’s portrait of Her Majesty the Queen ‘Lightness of Being’, hailed as one of the most iconic images of the 21st century, sold at Sotheby’s for a staggering £187,500. Tagsmart is honoured to collaborate with such a renowned artist, who combines art and technology in the creation of innovative work.

Can you spot the difference?

The art of forgery has progressed step by step with the evolution of art. Some forgers even create fake paper trails. Others are so accurate that even the experts can’t tell them apart, and then science must step in to analyse the paint, canvas or relative age of the work.

At the Piramal Museum of Art in Lower Parel, an exhibition titled Likeness Without Reference – The Cultures of Forgery, is putting the real and the counterfeit side by side to try and show viewers the scale of the problem, and teach them a little bit about how to tell real master art from forgery (signatures and markings play a key role, FYI).