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Damien Hirst opens his Newport Street Gallery, London 2016

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Damian Hirst recently opened Newport Gallery opens its first show with John Hoyland’s bright studies of colour – perfectly suited to the massive white spaces created in the 37000sq ft newly built gallery by Caruso St John (who have also recently done the Tate Britain revamp). Pharmacy 2 is the restaurant at the gallery where Hirst has teamed up with Mark Hix – opens on the 23rd of Feb.

Wilderness Festival, 2016

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Wanting to do something totally different this summer in England? Book now for tickets to the truly magical Wilderness Festival in the glorious surroundings of Cornbury Park in Oxfordshire – August 4-7 2016. There is something for everyone, for every age – from great music for the muso, delicious food for the foodie, inspiration for the literary or philosophically minded, dancing, swimming, cricket – nude or otherwise… a totally unique few days of bucolic English summer.

Avedon & Warhol, Gagosian, London 2016

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Gagosian London is pleased to present the first major exhibition to pair works by Richard Avedon and Andy Warhol. Both artists rose to prominence in postwar America with parallel artistic output that occasionally overlapped. Their most memorable images, produced in response to changing cultural mores, are icons of the twentieth century.
Portraiture was a shared focus of both artists, and they made use of repetition and serialization: Avedon through the reproducible medium of photography, and in his group photographs, for which he meticulously positioned, collaged, and reordered images; Warhol in his method of stacked screenprinting, which enabled the consistent reproduction of an image. Avedon’s distinctive gelatin-silver prints and Warhol’s boldly colored silkscreens variously depict many of the same recognizable faces, including Marella Agnelli, Bianca Jagger, Jacqueline Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, and Rudolf Nureyev. An exciting exhibition, not to miss.

Insignificance Play, New York 2016

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Celebrated UK theatre company Defibrillator presents the US premiere of this funny and moving British play in the unique and intimate setting of the 5 star Langham Place New York, Fifth Avenue. After checking in at the box office in the lobby, audiences will be whisked off to the 5th floor and into a hotel room circa 1953, where the action of the play will unfold. There will also be a bar looking down on 5th Avenue where drinks will be available.

Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art, National Gallery, London, 2016

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From the bold colours and abstract shapes of Matisse and Kandinsky, to the expressiveness of Van Gogh and Gauguin, to the vibrant complementary colours of the Impressionists. All can be traced back to Eugène Delacroix – the last painter of the Grand Style but equally one of the first modern masters, who transformed French painting in the 19th century. ‘Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art’ is a long-overdue homage to France’s leading exponent of Romanticism – a true original who, at the time of his death in 1863, was the most revered artist among the avant-garde in Paris.

Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse, Royal Academy, London, 2016

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Using the work of Monet as a starting point, this landmark exhibition examines the role gardens played in the evolution of art from the early 1860s through to the 1920s. Trace the emergence of the modern garden in its many forms and glories as we take you through a period of great social change and innovation in the arts. Discover the paintings of some of the most important Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Avant-Garde artists of the early twentieth century as they explore this theme.

Monet, arguably the most important painter of gardens in the history of art, once said he owed his painting “to flowers”. But Monet was far from alone in his fascination with the horticultural world, which is why we will also be bringing you masterpieces by Renoir, Cezanne, Pissarro, Manet, Sargent, Kandinsky, Van Gogh, Matisse, Klimt and Klee.

Miró’s Studio recreated, London, 2016

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Marking 60 years since Joan Miró’s (1893-1983) studio was founded in Majorca in 1956, Mayoral presents an immersive exhibition recreating Miró’s atelier, curated by Elvira Cámara, Director of The Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró in Majorca and produced in collaboration with historian Joan Punyet Miró, the artist’s grandson.

Including 25 paintings and drawings by the artist and bringing together a wealth of historical and archive material, Miró’s studio presents an immersive environment evoking the poetic universe of the artist’s atelier. Complete with furniture, painting materials and household items, the recreation offers visitors real insight into the everyday working life of the leading avant-garde painter.

Sitcom Studies by Amber Boardman, 2016

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Art Pow Wow is pleased to announce its inaugural solo exhibition of new paintings by Sydney-based American artist Amber Boardman. Sitcom Studies will open on January 22 and run through January 31 at Ivy Brown Gallery. We are thrilled to present Boardman’s paintings as our first exhibition of a solo artist ‘in-the-flesh. The artist will present a body of new paintings in Sitcom Studies, and will attend the opening reception.

Peter Doig Exhibition at Michael Werner Gallery, New York, 2015

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Michael Werner Gallery, New York is exhibiting new paintings by Peter Doig. This is the artist’s first presentation of new works in the United States since 2009. Doig is recognized as one of the most inventive and original artists painting today. Few artists of his generation have done as much to explore the evocative potential of paint and its capacity for depth and meaning. Doig’s unlikely palette and varied approach to the material of paint mediate literal sources into scenes evocative of dreams or recollections. At times melancholic or contemplative, Doig’s paintings transport viewers outside the realm of normal daily experience. This exhibition will feature new paintings, including works which were first presented at Venice’s Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa earlier this year. Exhibition of his magic realism – not to be missed.

Jeff Koons “Gazing Ball”, Gagosian Gallery 21st Street, 2015

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Gagosian Gallery presents a new series of paintings by Jeff Koons entitled Gazing Ball… In this series, Koons is in dialogue with artists of the past, such as Titian, El Greco, Courbet, and Manet, among others. The works deal with the power of artistic gesture. Each work has a blue glass gazing ball that sits on a painted aluminum shelf attached to the front of the painting. The viewer and the painting are reflected in the gazing ball. This metaphysical occurrence connects the viewer to a family of cultural history in real time. Through the simple act of placing a gazing ball in front of the images, painting and sculpture are reunited for maximum sensory perception, as in ancient times.

Frank Stella “A Retrospective”, The Whitney Museum of American Art, 2015

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The Museum presents a career retrospective of Frank Stella (b. 1936), one of the most important living American artists. This survey will be the most comprehensive presentation of Stella’s career to date, showcasing his prolific output from the mid-1950s to the present through approximately 120 works, including paintings, reliefs, maquettes, sculptures, and drawings. Co-organized by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Whitney, this exhibition will feature Stella’s best-known works alongside rarely seen examples drawn from collections around the world. Accompanied by a scholarly publication, the exhibition will fill the Whitney’s entire fifth floor, an 18,000-square-foot gallery that is the Museum’s largest space for temporary exhibitions.

Gilbert & George ‘The Art Exhibition’ opens at Mona, Tasmania, 2015

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Two people, but one artist: the legendary Gilbert & George’s first ever exhibition in Australasia at the Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania opened on the 28th of November and runs until March 28, 2016. The Exhibition is a major retrospective, including pictures spanning five decades; dating from 1970 to most recent pictures of 2014. Curated by Gilbert & George with organising curators, Mona’s Co-Directors of Exhibitions and Collections, Olivier Varenne and Nicole Durling, the pictures are installed across the entirety of Mona’s touring galleries, 14 metres underground. A must see this summer.