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Asia-Art-Activism’s current online digital programme Till We Meet Again, IRL, Best Wishes features a rich programme of exhibitions, screening pathways, panel discussions, radio broadcasts and workshops all free and open to anyone who wants to join. Curated by Annie Jael Kwan, Arianna Mercado, Cuong Pham and Howl Yuan, the digital programme offers an array of events to enrich and inspire us during the second lockdown.

Asia-Art-Activism (AAA) launched in 2018 as a voluntary interdisciplinary, intergenerational and intersectional network of practitioners, and were invited to take up residence at Raven Row in London, alongside other collectives of marginalised communities.

The act of ‘Taking space’ as a group of Asian, migrant and diasporic bodies was as much a performative gesture as it was political. Since its inauguration, AAA has presented a series of performances, presentations, mini-residencies, workshops and other events with the overall aim of investigating ‘Asia’, ‘art’, and ‘activism’ in the UK and internationally through research, dialogue, practice and collective work. …


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Edward Quinn (1920–1997), Pablo Picasso and Jacqueline with silver platter “Visage aux feuilles”. La Californie, Cannes 1957. Photo Edward Quinn, © edwardquinn.com / © Succession Picasso 2020

Masterpiece Art, London is set to exhibit a very rare set of Picasso silver platters this month. PICASSO I HUGO: Agents d’Argent et d’Or will be available to view online via a 3-D walkthrough from the 19 November and will be open to the public on the 3 December once the government lockdown is scheduled to end.

This will be the first time a complete set of platters have ever been exhibited in the UK. This rarely seen full-set of twenty-four limited edition silver platters are the fruits of a collaboration between Picasso and the celebrated Ateliers Hugo, Aix-en-Provence, France. …


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Sagwa Obseoyo, (2020), Oil and edible funghi on linen, 30 x 30 cm

A new show at Mayfair’s The Boardroom, 50 Brook Street, sees the debut solo exhibition of artist hana entitled Inventing Artist Paints, which showcases eighteen works including portraits of the actor, comic and writer, Noel Fielding, artists Anish Kapoor and Yayoi Kusama, along with depictions of horses and textured abstract works. All the artworks have been rendered in eco-friendly paints made entirely from fruit, vegetables, algae and seaweed, which the artist invented.

Throughout her life, sustainability has been a central cornerstone for artist hana, who spent years researching food and how to minimise exposure to daily airborne toxins. While attending art school in California, she found it difficult to be around the fumes from paints and paint thinners and consistently wore a mask while in the studio. Upon further research, she found that most conventional oil paints are known carcinogens and toxic to certain aquatic life. This led her to pondering if she could create a paint that not only had a pleasant smell but was better for the artist and the environment. …


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Baron Wolman, Jimi Hendrix, Gelatin silver print, 50.8 x 61 cm, © Baron Wolman | Iconic Images

Due to popular demand the landmark exhibition celebrating the life of Jimi Hendrix, exactly 50 years since his death, has been extended at Masterpiece Art until Saturday October 10th. The gallery — situated only a few streets away from where Jimi Hendrix tragically passed away — has ambitiously brought together an incredible assortment of photography, sculpture and personal ephemera to commemorate the legendary musician, singer and songwriter.

BOLD AS LOVE Celebrating Hendrix presents rare photographs of Hendrix — some never seen before — taken by acclaimed photographers including Ed Caraeff, Baron Wolman, Gered Mankowitz, David Montgomery (UK debut of his works), Ulvis Alberts and the late Charles Everest. Accompanying the photographs are sculptures by Guy Portelli as well as Portelli’s Wight Spirit — a large-scale glass mosaic panel which features the handprints of more than 80 musicians who performed at the 1970 Isle of Wight festival, including the handprint of Hendrix himself which Portelli mapped via the iconic ‘hand on face’ photograph taken by Baron Wolman, see image above. …


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Krijn de Koning, ‘Green / Blue, work for Gibberd Garden, Harlow’ (2020) © Rob Harris

Artist Krijn de Koning has created a site-specific installation entitled Green / Blue, work for The Gibberd Garden, Harlow, on display at The Gibberd Garden in Harlow until 25 October 2020.

De Koning’s sculpture is one of the final projects for the region-wide arts commissioning programme, New Geographies, which aims to bring contemporary art to unexpected places in the East of England. …


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Image 1 Hilda Carline, Self-Portrait, 1923, Oil on canvas, Tate © Estate of Hilda Carline. Image 2 Stanley Spencer, Patricia Preece, 1933, Oil on canvas, Southampton City Art Gallery © Estate of Stanley Spencer

The Stanley Spencer Gallery’s Spring exhibition, LOVE, ART, LOSS: The Wives of Stanley Spencer, is reopening its doors to the public this Saturday. The exhibition puts the two most important figures in Stanley Spencer’s life front and centre: his two wives, Hilda Carline and Patricia Preece.

With works drawn from the gallery’s collection, as well as two loans from the Tate, and another from Southhampton City Art Gallery, the show will bring to light the effect that these two woman had on Spencer’s artistic practice — his unflinching portraits of Preece pre-date by many decades a style adopted by Lucian Freud — while also examining the bizarre love triangle that existed between them. …


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Bob & Roberta Smith, Art Car Boot Fair, King’s Cross, London, 2018 © Mathew Kelly

The organisers of the Art Car Boot Fair (ACBF) have risen to the challenge posed by the Covid-19 pandemic by developing an online version of their famously exuberant one-day event.

The first ever Viral Art Car Boot Fair will take place exclusively online on Sunday 20th September between 12–6pm, with Gavin Turk, Polly Morgan, Marcus Harvey, Sara Pope, Helen Beard, Pam Hogg and Pure Evil joining the line-up of over 100 artists.

Karen Ashton, founder of the Art Car Boot Fair, commented: ‘We’d been thinking of developing a digital counterpart to our Live Art Car Boot Fair events for some time, both to extend our reach and to access new audiences. …


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Guy Portelli in front of Wight Spirit, mosaic, 274.32 cm x 152.4 cm. Photo by Rabah Ichadadene

A summer of live music and large crowds was not to be in 2020. But festival spirits remain high at London’s Masterpiece Art Gallery as they unveil their new exhibition, Wight Spirit 1968–70, accompanied by a documentary feature film which brings to light the history and legacy of the iconic Isle of Wight Music Festival.

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the seminal 1970 Isle of Wight festival — which featured legends such as Jimi Hendrix, The Doors and the Who — this exhibition brings together the latest work of acclaimed sculptor Guy Portelli with a selection of backstage photographs taken by late photographer Charles Everest. …


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Noel Ed De Leon in his attic. © noeleddeleon archives. Photo courtesy, Godwin De Leon, London 2020

The call to be productive, to occupy our lockdown hours with efforts to realise our best creative selves, has resounded loud and clear over the last few months — whether that’s in producing an artistic masterpiece, or merely clearing out a loft. For one of the five winning artists of the Bagri Foundation’s ‘At Home In The World’ commission, these two activities are more closely aligned than they might at first appear. In Noel Ed De Leon’s ‘Microcosmic Orbit’, a home attic has become an exhibition space.

As part of the Foundation’s online programme of work by Asian artists in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, De Leon has conceptualised a series of three live-streamed events. ‘Microcosmic Orbit’ will feature guest artists, researchers and cultural activists, each of whom will be given a virtual tour of De Leon’s collection of historical artefacts. The result, streamed live from the secluded sanctuary of the artist’s attic, promises to be astounding. Playing on the dynamics of materiality and memory, of presence and absence, ‘Microcosmic Orbit’ explores how history might be traced through the survival of objects, and how these objects in turn raise questions of exchange, conflict and interdependence between Southeast Asia and Europe. …


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Joaquim Mir, _Miravet_, ca. 1929–30, oil on canvas, 86 x 112 cm. Courtesy of Colnaghi

Featured artists: Alfred Sisquella | Antonio Fabres y Costa | Francesc Miralles i Galaup | Joaquim Sunyer | Joaquim Mir | Josep Maria Tamburini i Dalmau | Laureano Barrau | Lluis Graner i Arrufi | Marià Fortuny | Miquel Villà i Bassols | Modest Urgell | Ramon Casas i Carbó

From 3 July 2020, London, will present a survey of painting by Spanish artists form the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The show is comprised of fifteen works by twelve painters. …

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