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Shi Jinsong: tree motorbikes

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Common shell-less high-emission racing motorcycle in a tree.

‘I just want to know what a big tree – which is four or five meters long – with a speed
of more than one hundred km per hour looks like.’
Shi Jinsong
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Anish Kapoor Book Signing Friday December 11th

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On Friday 11 December, the final day of the blockbuster exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, Anish Kapoor will make a rare appearance to sign copies of his new monograph published by Phaidon, at the pop-up Phaidon Store on Piccadilly, 18.00 – 19.00. To secure a place in the queue, people can pre-order their book at Phaidon Store now while stocks last: www.phaidon.co.uk/store/. The book is available at 20% discount, priced £47.96 (full price £59.95)
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Mike Ballard – The All of Everything 10th December 2009 – March 2010 The Art Gallery, Davies Street, London

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Detail from ‘Throwing the House out the Window’ by Mike Ballard 2009
The Arts Gallery on Bond Street will close in March 2010 and will be demolished to make way for Crossrail. The gallery, part of the University of the Arts London, has hosted shows by Peter Blake, Gavin Turk and Chris Olifili amongst others. For the final show, which will opens on 10 December, on the Gallery has invited Mike Ballard to create an installation ‘ The All of Everything’ within the space.
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ARCHITECTURAL CONCEPT: THE PAVILION OF POSTCONTEMPORARY CURATING

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The skeletal remains of Sutton Scarsdale Hall continue to decay. A dilapidated wreck of a structure, you enter at your own risk. This decay needs to be resisted and Sutton Scarsdale needs to live again…

In the very heart of England, Sutton Scarsdale Hall is to become the Pavilion of Postcontemporary Curating, a new international art facility set in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside, dedicated solely to new curating.
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Damien Hirst Skateboards for Supreme

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The skateboard decks designed by Damien Hirst for Supreme
Downtown New York culture institution Supreme releases a series of five individually designed skateboard decks designed by Damien Hirst featuring his spot paintings Via:[FADwebsite]

NEW WORKS BY JAPANESE ARTIST TATSUO MIYAJIMA AT LISSON GALLERY FROM 25TH NOVEMBER

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Lisson Gallery presents an exhibition of new works by Japanese artist Tatsuo Miyajima. Since 1987, Tatsuo Miyajima has been constructing installations using LED digital counting devices. His works combine a performative aspect with architectonic structures, sometimes taking the shape of geometric patterns or organic shapes as well as encompassing vertical and horizontal surfaces. The LED devices count progressively from 1 to 9 or backwards – Miyajima never employs 0 – establishing a rhythm as definitive as repetition itself and the inexorable passing of time. Sometimes the colored numerals run at different speed, synching to the rhythm of natural events or the pulsing of life in individual subjectivities.
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Kai and Sunny’s Despoke

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Kai and Sunny were commissioned to design a customised Despoke identity for November and December. Their work extends beyond their core illustrative backgrounds to their collaborations with high-end fashon labels, 3D objects, artists and their own clothing label, Call of the Wild. With a range of commercial successes in North America and Europe, and an up and coming show at the StolenSpace gallery, the end of the year has been very busy for the duo. Next year sees Kai and Sunny launch a collaborative clothing label with James Lavelle and Surrenderous.
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Deck The Walls at Wills Art Warehouse Interesting gifts for Christmas

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As Christmas creeps around the corner, come and be inspired by the sparkling selection of artwork in the Deck the Walls exhibition at Wills Art Wharehouse.
Giving you the opportunity to find a truly original gift to inspire and impress. The show opens on Saturday 21 November with Wine and Mince Pies served from 12noon until 5pm .The exhibition continues until 24th December, seven days a week 10.30 am until 6pm or later hours by appointment.
Moose Allain , Lara Bowen, Freya Cumming , Rosalind Davis,Rachael Edgar , Charlotte Hardy , Carole Hensher , Kate Lowe,Gilly McAdam, Jane Ormes, Simon Tozer, Rachel Wood.
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Today in Berkeley Square, Lorenzo Quinn unveiled his enduring Give and Take III sculpture.

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Image:Lorenzo Quinn unveils Give & Take III in Berkeley Square
Today in Berkeley Square, Lorenzo Quinn unveiled his enduring Give and Take III sculpture, coinciding with the opening of his new solo exhibition, Equilibrium, at Mayfair’s Halcyon Gallery. Lorenzo Quinn’s Equilibrium will be the major exhibition at Halcyon’s flagship five storey gallery space, 24 Bruton Street, from 18 November 2009 until 31 January 2010. Renowned worldwide for being one of the most influential and avant-garde sculptors of his time, Quinn’s Equilibrium involves a new body of sculpture works alongside some of his most powerful pieces from previous unseen collections.
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JMF Casey Chapel Installation and Show Thursday 12th November

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The Church project consists of a chapel installation created by JMF Casey and commissioned by 20 Hoxton Square Projects. Throughout the duration of the exhibition there will be a series of performances, involving sermons and music in collaboration with writer and academic Emile Bojesen.

The Church uses the aesthetics of religion and ritual to deal with contemporary philosophical issues and ideas of faith. Conceived as a home for a modern mystical sect operating outside the limitations of mainstream “rational” atheism, The Church explores the potential of cross-discipline art practices, conveying a more engaging and poetical approach to existential problems.
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Anthony Leyland Interview -Designer or Artist or Both?

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1. When did you start to make art?
From an early age, I enjoyed walking and exploring the peak district, and often collected
interesting bits and pieces I would find. During my A-levels (1990-92) I started
incorporating these found objects in my sculpture. The first work made entirely from
found objects was a “figurative” sculpture of an elderly person. It wasn’t planned, but
inspired by a unusual piece of rhododendron, which was very evocative, though contorted
and arthritic, of a human skeleton, complete with hips, thighs, and spine. The “head” was
a weathered tree root with expressive features and a crown of mossy hair, with bestial
horns poking through. I sat the work on an old Thonet chair, and propped up an
outstretched arm with a walking stick. Although created by accident and intuition, it
resonated with ideas of our resistance to aging and nature. At this point I began to realize
that nature could be an ally in making art.
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DAVID WARD: RINK P3, London, UK 4-22 November 2009

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This November, artist David Ward transforms the floor of London’s vast underground P3 gallery into a huge light drawing. Linear drawings from sources including ice skating will be digitally projected from the high ceiling of P3 on to the expansive floor. Viewers will see the constantly changing work unfolding from the mezzanines in the space and can also take to the floor, walking amongst the lines, arcs and spirals which move and layer over the surface like the paths of skaters or stars. This new work entitled RINK and commissioned by Ambika opens at P3 on 4 November 2009.
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Glass Microbiology by Luke Jerram

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Luke Jerram’s multidisciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations, live arts projects and gifts. Since his professional career as an artist began in 1997 Luke has created a number of extraordinary art projects which excite and inspire people around him. Currently working with a number of established arts institutions and organisations in the UK, new complex and ambitious arts projects are being developed in parallel with one another. Once born, these new projects will evolve and tour abroad. His celebrated street pianos installation ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ is currently touring and being shown in different cities around the world.
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Architecture + Art: Adam Caruso and Thomas Demand Starr Auditorium, Tate Modern Monday 2 November 2009, 7.00pm

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Adam Caruso and Thomas Demand discuss their history of reciprocal collaboration, and their current joint project for Zurich, in which Demand is creating a quietly political contribution to the architects’ public space project in a regenerating area of the Swiss capital. With the Director of Nottingham Contemporary, Alex Farquharson.
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Two Important Sculptures by Richard Serra on View at Gagosian New York Through to December 23rd

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Blindspot, 2003 Weatherproof Steel 14′ x 60′ x 29′ 6″ (4.2 x 18.3 x 90 m)Photo by Rob McKeever
Gagosian Gallery presents two important sculptures by Richard Serra. Related in both form and scale, “Blind Spot” (2002-2003) and “Open Ended” (2007-2008) entail similar concentric structures, each consisting of six weatherproof steel plates. “Open Ended” was recently exhibited at Gagosian Gallery in London in 2008. The upcoming exhibition brings both sculptures together for the first time.
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