Contemporary Artists In The Spotlight 2023
For this rolling feature Nico Kos-Earle has chosen 15 international artists working in various mediums to look out for in 2023.
1. Gary Fabien Miller (Top Photo)
Suppose we were to picture the field of contemporary fine art photography as an actual terrain. In that case, we might see the lone figure of Garry Fabien Miller ambling purposefully along the moor, trying to capture the nuances of daylight with his “silvered mind”. Since the mid-1980s, Miller has centred his practice on a cycle of daily walks on Dartmoor in Devon, followed by processing time in the dark room
Magdalena Abakanowicz & Maria Bartuszová Every Tangle of Thread Every Broken Shell
At the entrance to Every Tangle of Thread and Rope is a vast black-and-white photographic transfer of Magdalena Abakanowicz (20 June 1930 – 20 April 2017) emerging from sinewy curtains of wool, sisal and rope. Holding a frayed loop, she is staring at us. On the adjacent wall, bronzed, shirtless men are marching across white sand in pairs, carrying giant, monochrome pelts draped over poles...
Mayfair: London Gallery Round-Up December 2022
‘I first came to notice this painting [Kerze, 1983] in 1988 when it was used on the album cover of Daydream Nation by Sonic Youth. It seemed to extend the mood of the music and got lodged in my subconscious; now, more than 30 years later, this feeling of pathos has started to reappear in my work.’...
Emma Witter: A Moveable Feast
‘A Moveable Feast’ is a presentation of small sculpture and digital prints by the artist Emma Witter. The exhibition takes place on the first floor of a handsome listed Georgian townhouse on The Portman Estate in Marylebone, London, open by appointment until the 3rd of January. Elegant cornices frame the walls, painted a soft egg shell teal; giant shafts of light spill across the room...
(Photo Credit: Gaetan Bernede)
Paris Art Week Round-Up Plus Paris+ Art Basel
They say that in Paris, the story finds you. With the first edition of Paris + Art Basel opening after Frieze London, the city of lights has re-emerged as the leading capital of culture. Whilst the fair was sensationally vast but perceptually challenging, rammed with ‘wealth’ tourists posing as art aficionados, the arrondissements Le Marais, St Germain. Matingnon and Belleville (thank you, @parisgallerymap) were positively buzzing with openings...
Art Vaudeville: Frieze London and Frieze Masters
Sometimes I wonder if the art fair is a symptom of the internet and our contemporaneous assumption that everything is instantly available at the click of a button. However, instead of individual surfing, at a fair, you are browsing at the same time as everyone you have ever met in the art world, jammed into an endless..
Bruce Nauman: Paradoxical By Nature – Pirelli HangarBicocca
At Bruce Nauman’s first MoMA retrospective in 1995, the art critic Robert Hughes said “no show was ever noisier…” but concluded that Nauman was “beyond much dispute, the most influential artist of his generation.” Numerous retrospectives followed...
Juan Muñoz: Drawings Centro Botín, Santander
Just as the places we inhabit influence the way we think, the structures we imagine can transform our relationship with the world. Arriving in darkness, my first glimpse of Santander was by morning light. Built on an incline, my walk through the city centre, from the Coliseum Hotel to the Cantabrian Sea, was defined by an irresistible feeling of movement towards an opening – a vista, a story, a mouth – like a river flowing out to sea.
Channeling Andrew Wyeth: Jeffery Becton And Andrea Hamilton Between Two Worlds
In the low, tawny grass at the bottom of a hill is the figure of a woman leaning, her whole body twisted towards a small summer house on the crest. Her bare, frail arms seem tense with the effort of pulling herself along, but her dusty pink summer dress is elegantly cinched at the waist and softly follows the contours of her hips. Frozen in this position, we don’t know if she will ever reach the little home in the distance or remain where she is, just looking..
Surrealism’s Alternative History The 59th Venice Biennale
The Venice Biennale sparks surreal conversations between past and present in ‘Milk of Dreams’, curated by Cecilia Alemani and Surrealism and Magic: Enchanted Modernity, curated by Grazine Subelyte, Associate Curator of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection...
Camille Pissarro Catalyst of Impressionism
Upstairs, on the third floor of the Ashmolean, is a show that will quietly break your heart. Entitled Pissarro: Father of Impressionism (12 June 2022), this major exhibition of works drawn from the Ashmolean’s collections as well as international loans, spans Pissarro’s entire career. Incorporating works from all the major figures of his generation – Corot, Monet, van Gogh, Degas, Cassat, Seurat, Signac – it casts...
Ai-Da A Robot's Divine And Comedic Vision
Ai-Da Robot Ashmolean Museum Oxford: Dante Alighieri was 56 when he gave up the ghost in 1321, just one year after completing his epic, soul searching poem The Divine Comedy; yet in these words, his presence remains “as a mighty flame follows a tiny spark“. A landmark of Italian literature, drawn from his experience in exile from Florence, the poet journeys from darkness and error towards the revelation of divine light. Through Inferno and Purgatorio, Dante is guided by the Roman poet Virgil
In Around Oxford Art Galleries – March 2022
On that Friday afternoon, the sun was a giant spotlight shining down North Parade; up-lighting the silhouette of pedestrians queuing for fresh sourdough, bags of figs and purple sprouting broccoli outside 2 North Parade Produce. Through the window of Meakin + Parsons Gallery opposite, sunbeams illuminated a quad of brightly coloured works on paper...
AH Studio presents Light Works, a meditation on light, the theatre of colour and the sacred geometries found in wild places, by artists Andrea Hamilton and Aigana Gali with Elisabetta Cipriani Gallery and supported by Dina Kemal Marchant, founder of Stories of Art. Curated by Nico Kos.
The Inside of a Bee's mouth
Limited edition artist book by Emma Witter and Nico Kos Earle. A document of musings on safe spaces, memory, small rituals and the healing power of nature...
Time and Water, A photographic series by Andrea Hamilton
In 1988, Jacques Benveniste published a controversial study in the journal Nature, suggesting that water has memory...
We are the Weather, A photographic series by Andrea Hamilton
This series of works is inspired by Roni Horn’s literary work Saying Water (1999), a sublime, poetic response to the River Thames, infused with epistemological queries...
Artist Statement; Andrea Hamilton
Working with Andrea Hamilton to create a biography that encompases new projects...
#ONESTOWATCH The Melissa Curry Art Series
When I first saw Wole Lagunju’s work, I immediately understood why he was being celebrated internationally as 'one to watch.' Smashing auction records, his paintings...
Chroma : A nomenclature of sea colours
Early one morning, the artist Andrea Hamilton walked along a familiar shoreline, and stopped by the water’s edge just before sunrise. There was a peculiar stillness in the air; the wind silent...
Artists for BLUE
35 international artists focus on the wonder of the high seas to raise money for the Blue Marine Foundation
'Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.' - Margaret Mead
The Colour Project
Andrea Hamilton & Nico Kos, An appreciation of history, art, design and exceptional talent by journeying through colour..
Breaking Glass – A Material Comeback at La Biennale di Venezia
The island of Murano is synonymous with the history of glass. First perfected in the Middle East – Syria, Egypt and Palestine – the art of glassmaking came to Venice...