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ART

with David Leiber, partner at David Zwirner

Art news

clockwise from top: Rebecca Allen, Inside, 2016, Virtual reality installation, ©rebecca allen, courtesy Gazelli Art House; Josef Albers, Color study for Homage to the Square, n.d., Oil and graphite on blotting paper, 33x33x3.2cm, ©2016 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/Artists Rights Society, New York; Goshka Macuga, Frame for Tichy 11, 2013, Courtesy ofGalerie Rüdiger Schöttle; Haris Epaminonda, Untitled #22 cg, 2011, Courtesy of the artist and Rodeo, London

words: camilla apcar

Heroes of our time Gazelli Art House will be given over to five powerful female artists for six weeks in its upcoming group show, an exploration of socio-political change over the past 50 years. Encompassing the work of activist and early feminist Nancy Spero as well as contemporary media artist Rebecca Allen and monochrome photographer Charlotte Colbert, it is set to be a bold and thought-provoking start to 2017. toute seule, 13 January – 26 February, gazelliarthouse.com

Gazing in wonder In another ambitious group show, Blain Southern plays on Giorgio de Chirico’s surreal, abstract and intriguing notion of the ‘metaphysical interior’. Sixteen artists who use collage, layered imagery or fragmentation – be it sculptural or even in installation – have been brought together in an exploration of time and the unconscious. Curators Simon Moretti and Craig Burnett have clearly had great fun with the concept, placing pieces by post-war artists Lynn Chadwick and Sigmar Polke alongside contemporary works by Cyprus-born artist Haris Epaminonda and 2008 Turner Prize nominee Goshka Macuga. Revolt of the Sage, until 21 January, blainsouthern.com

s l u x u ry l o n d o n . c o. u k s

Why was Josef Albers so taken with yellow, the subject of this exhibition? Yellow certainly allowed him to focus on the limitless expressive potential of colour and light. Restricting himself to just one colour really seemed to let him explore endless combinations and effects, and to produce illusions of translucency. Could another exhibition of his work come in another decade, titled blue, red, or green? He did indeed go into prolonged investigations of other colours. At our New York gallery, we recently organised a focused investigation of how Albers used black, white and grey-scale throughout his career. Which are your favourite works? Each has its own chromatic presence and such distinct effects at any given viewing. Among my favourites are Albers’ rarely exhibited colour studies. These paintings on paper, which often include notations by the artist in graphite, provide a unique window into his working process, allowing the viewer to think, along with Albers, through colour. How many shades of yellow are on show? We have yet to tally them all! Naples yellow, goldenrod, mustard, maize, saffron... there were so many available shades that Albers experimented with and applied straight from the tube. He used paints from around 60 different manufacturers. Josef Albers, Sunny Side Up, 13 January – 10 March, davidzwirner.com

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