The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Thursday, August 28, 2014


Anna Fox, Stephen Gill and Nigel Shafran Exhibit at James Hyman Gallery
Nigel Shafran, "Supermarket Checkout" (2005). C-Print photograph. Photo: Courtesy James Hyman Gallery.
LONDON.- James Hyman Gallery presents an exhibition that foregrounds an exciting new generation of photographers who have placed London at the heart of their work.

London Calling explores the way that Anna Fox, Stephen Gill and Nigel Shafran have taken the capital city as their home and subject matter. It suggests a specificity in their responses to London, whether it be the grey of London light or a type of gritty urban realism particular to the inner city.

London Calling, runs alongside Modernist Realism. The School of London from Andrews to O'Donoghue and emphasises the richness of London's local neighbourhoods and domestic environments. In terms of subject matter it is tempting to make direct comparisons with the work of Auerbach and Kossoff and that of the photographers Anna Fox, Stephen Gill and Nigel Shafran. The exhibition emphasises that it is not the public monuments and celebrated roads of the West End that have inspired but rather a sense of place to be found above all in the depiction of the inner city and the intimacy of daily life. London is not an impersonal, anonymous city, but an intimate locale peopled by familiar faces.

Auerbach's focus on the building sites of inner city London such as the construction of the South Bank arts complex, finds a direct counterpart in Gill's depictions of Hackney and the construction for the 2012 Olympics. Meanwhile Nigel Shafran explores the same suburban neighbourhoods of north west London familiar from the work of Leon Kossoff, and Anna Fox depicts her intimately known domestic environment in north London. Tony Bevan's early paintings inspired by the people near his studio also reflected a moving social concern to be found also in Glenys Johnson's paintings.

Anna Fox is presently shortlisted for the prestigious Deutsche Börse Prize. Her highly acclaimed series 41 Hewitt Road focuses on the interiors of the house in Haringey, North London, where she lived with her family and a series of lodgers. The rooms lie empty yet close-ups of graffiti-adorned walls and worn light switches attest to the life lived within. Subtle crinkling of blue paint around a chip in the plasterboard captures the aftermath of some small domestic accident. A yellow swathe of paint hovers on creased paper, and a close-up of a mantelpiece features a fresh tulip and a child's drawing. Fox's images in this series combine documentation, abstraction, and wit to distil a colourful poetry of domestic life. James Hyman Gallery has recently published a box set of twenty 41 Hewitt Road photographs available in a limited edition of 5 + 2AP.

Stephen Gill's Hackney Wick series began when the artist stumbled across a marketplace of second-hand and stolen items in Hackney, at which he bought a fixed-lens plastic camera for fifty pence. Lacking the formal constraints of studied photography, Gill's compositions capture the bustle of the market, the foreboding calm of overgrown canals, odd collections of items for sale in the market place, and the dreamy visual haze of a wandering poet. Bits of green, local fauna and garden allotments may now be seen as endangered species, along with the market itself, as the area is being regenerated for the 2012 London Olympics.

The focus of Nigel Shafran's Washing Up series shares an element of familiarity with Fox's interiors. Shafran has drawn inspiration from things that have come together by chance yet wear the traces of simple human choices in their construction, such as the stacking of dishes and cooking utensils in a drying rack. Shafran's compositions transcend the ordered chaos of domestic life and lend a conceptual contemplation to the gentle but incessant passing of time.

London Calling runs alongside Modernist Realism: School of London Painters from Andrews to O'Donoghue at James Hyman Gallery.

James Hyman Gallery | Anna Fox | Stephen Gill | Nigel Shafran |


Today's News

March 1, 2010

"Matisse to Malevich: Pioneers of Modern Art from the Hermitage" Opens this Week

Keith Haring Anniversary Show at Tony Shafrazi Gallery

LACMA Presents 150 Years of American Masterpieces

Exhibition Features Artists Who Have Revolted Against Aesthetic Orthodoxies

New Works by the Danish-Icelandic Artist Olafur Eliasson at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

Greek Police Arrest Two Men with Valuable Antiquities

Thomas Wrede to Show Works from Manhattan Series at Henn Gallery

Gallery Shows Works by Silvia Levenson, Lorraine Peltz and Nicole Schmoelzer

Rupert Shrive Gives New Meaning to the Word 'Portrait' at Morton Metropolis

New Sculptures by Niklas Klotz at Jens Fehring Gallery

Alice Anderson Will Fill Riflemaker with Thousands of Meters of Hair

The Sketchbooks of Sir Nicholas Grimshaw on View at Edinburgh College

Anna Fox, Stephen Gill and Nigel Shafran Exhibit at James Hyman Gallery

South American Nudes by Marcos Zimmermann at Couturier Gallery

Margherita Manzelli at Collezione Maramotti

Fascinating Photographic Exhibition Portrays Life in Kings Cross from 1970-1971

Exhibition Highlights the Exceptional Beauty of Platinum Photography

The Hammer Museum Presents Luisa Lambri: Being There

Parsons Launches MFA in Transdisciplinary Design

International Sculpture Center announces 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award winners

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Mystery over massive Alexander the Great-era tomb unearthed in northern Greece

2.- An ancient money box containing a large rare hoard of coins found in Israel

3.- Robin Williams' portrait installed today at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington

4.- The Baltimore Museum of Art announces three new contemporary exhibitions in fall

5.- New Aspen Art Museum designed by architect Shigeru Ban opens to the public

6.- New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art launches 82nd & Fifth app in 12 languages

7.- MoMA online-only publication features new research on Pablo Picasso and Cubism

8.- Volunteers needed for massive Smithsonian digitization project

9.- Tate Britain welcomes home John Everett Millais's Ophelia and Rossetti’s The Beloved

10.- Bogart estate: Hollywood golden age icon Lauren Bacall dead at 89 in New York



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site