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Chris O’Shea’s Hand From Above

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Chris O’Shea’s latest installation Hand From Above encourages us to question our normal routine when we often find ourselves rushing from one destination to another. Inspired by Land of the Giants and Goliath, we are reminded of mythical stories by mischievously unleashing a giant hand from the BBC Big Screen. Passers by will be playfully transformed. What if humans weren’t on top of the food chain?
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Fruit & Flowers at Rove Gallery Private View Thursday 15th October

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Through 23 December, 2009
Featuring Arik Levy, Zaha Hadid, Carolyn Quartermaine, Mathias Bengtsson, Based Upon, Maria Pergay, Peter Harvey, Max Lamb, Tom Dixon, Richard Woods, and Brendan Cass.

The impact of the recession on local art galleries is there will be less of them plying their trade in the near future. What people will see more and more in the galleries that do manage to survive is more conservative, safe and cautious fare. Nowadays, it’s going be more bowls of fruit and flowers rather than art intended to provoke, a return to traditional notion of beauty and quality. Which is why a depression is not so depressing in the art world. Though there won’t literally be much in this exhibit in the order of fruit and flowers, still lives or figurative art, there will be a return to quality and value in art and design.
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Public Perception of Colour an inclusive project conceived by Rob and Nick Carter in association with Pantone

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“Perception of Colour” was created by artist duo Rob and Nick Carter, from Thursday 24th September to Sunday 27th September, 2009 at 100% Design, Earl’s Court Business Centre, London, incorporating the colour choices made by members of the public attending the event.

2,700 Pantone swatches (the entire Pantone range) will be available for 1,000 members of the public to select shades which, in their minds, best represent the 7 spectral colours, Pink, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue and Purple. The individual swatches chosen at the event will be mounted on to sheets of aluminium, to create 7 ‘monochromes’ evolving over the course of the exhibition. Thus the finished monochromes will represent the public ideal of the key spectral shades.
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Pavillion of Art&Design London from October 14th

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Building on the success of its previous two years, Patrick Perrin and Stéphane Custot have expanded DesignArt London to create a new concept, the Pavilion of Art & Design London. The Pavilion of Art & Design London will mirror its elegant Parisian counterpart, the Pavillon des Arts et du Design Paris, now on its 13th year and held in the prestigious Jardin des Tuileries, by encompassing fine art in its repertoire. The London fair, held in Berkeley Square in Mayfair, will run simultaneously with Frieze week, from the 14th to 18th October. During this time, the Pavilion will house an impressive stable of 45 established international exhibitors who represent the leaders in their respective fields of Modern Art and 20th Century Decorative Arts.

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Recycled Freitag Bags Become Compost Art During Vienna Design Week

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Freitag bags are a modern eco classic. Swiss brothers Markus and Daniel Freitag make their slick bags, wallets, iPhone cases, and other accessories from discarded tarps, the type used by long-distance freight trucks in Europe.
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martin szekely: heroic shelves & simple boxes from November 7th

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galerie kreo, paris november 7th to december 19th, 2009

the upcoming show at galerie kreo ‘heroic shelves & simple boxes’, is a collection of furniture by martin szekely. the pieces are tables, cabinets and shelves made from lightweight cork, but their forms have a weight and robustness.

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Mariscal at The Design Museum Through to November 1st

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The Design Museum presents the first UK retrospective of Spanish designer and artist Javier Mariscal. Regarded as one the world’s most innovative and original designers of our time, Mariscal’s rich and diverse body of work spans kooky cartoon characters to stunning interiors, from furniture to graphic design and corporate identities.

The exhibition and graphics will be designed by Mariscal, promising an immersive experience for the visitor into the world and mind of Mariscal. The exhibition space will be a fully illustrated environment, rich with orchestrated scenarios and installations, each telling the story of Mariscal’s pivotal projects, designs and the drawings that shaped them. Sketches, designs, films and photographs will be on display alongside furniture and textiles. Mariscal will also design and paint an elaborate mural for the exterior of the Design Museum showcasing his unique vision and signature design style.

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White Cube Gallery to be at ZooArt in the editions section from 16th October

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Rachel Kneebone Milkmaid 3 From a series of 25 unique works 2009 Porcelain 11.1 x 10 x 5.2 cm

White Cube this year at Zoo 2009 on Stand C in the Editions Section, where we are pleased to be exhibiting a wide range of prints and multiples. For further information, visit the Zoo 2009 website Zoo Art

Modernologies: Contemporary Artists Researching Modernity and Modernism Through to17th January 2010

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Isa Genzken. Oil XI, 2007. Installation view, German Pavilion, 52nd Venice Biennale. Suitcases, stuffed owls, plastic material, paper, lacquer, metal. Variable dimensions. Courtesy Goetz Collection, Munich. Photo by: Jan Bitter © Isa Genzken, 2009.
Few people were able to see Window Blow Out. The year was 1976, and the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York was presenting the show Idea as Model, featuring new utopian proposals then being put forward by leading US architects of the day. The night before the opening, though, Gordon Matta-Clark borrowed an air gun from the artist Dennis Oppenheim and shot out the windows in one of the exhibition spaces. In the casements of these he then proceeded to mount photographs of housing projects in the South Bronx, whose windows had been smashed by the tenants themselves. These photographs that document Matta-Clark’s most outstanding work, are now included in the collective exhibition Modernologies. Contemporary Artists Researching Modernity and Modernism.
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Anthony Leyland -Manifold 2

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Manifold 2 is the result of a mathematical game to create a coffee table from a square sheet of material, by cutting and bending alone, with no other components. It is a process which, in spite of its constraints, permits a limitless number of solutions.

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Dick van Hoff – Elements at Libby Sellers through to October18th

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The Garage, North Terrace. South Kensington, London. SW3 2BA
With new commissions and works created specially for this London exhibition, Dick van Hoff will create a spectacular installation in the old Garage in North Terrace, South Kensington as part of the London Design Festival and Frieze Art Fair for 2009.

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Go See: RICK OWENS: EVOLUTION AN EXHIBITION OF FURNITURE AT SEBASTIAN+BARQUET LONDON UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30 TH

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Oscar Humphries and Rudy Weissenberg present a collection of furniture by Rick Owens. Several entirely new pieces will be presented, representing developing themes in a powerful and genuine design expression. The pieces are produced in small limited editions and prices are kept deliberately modest.

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Thomas Heatherwick at Haunch Of Venison until 7th November by Tom Wright

Heatherwick’s children were allowed onto the gleaming benches in the Senate Room at Haunch of Venison. They had climbed there, past knitted legs of chattering adults, onto high podiums and around gnarled edges. They jumped from platforms to awaiting arms, clasping tightly to parents’ necks as mingling progressed. I was jealous. A little bit about the hugging but mainly about the sitting. I wanted to perch on the rippled, metal furniture; relax, recline, touch and enjoy a wholly new type of seat. Sadly, they are on podiums. Bathed in intelligent lighting. A tease.

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