= The Crawford Arts Review: October 2013

Saturday, 19 October 2013

On Now Until Sunday 8 December at The Dairy Art Centre

For people arriving in London by Eurostar, what better entry point to the arts and sciences, than St Pancras International. The British Library is next door and all of Bloomsbury is across the Euston Road. 

Head up Judd Street towards the Brunswick Centre and just off to the left you will find a comely small street named Wakefield Street. Here, at No. 7A, visitors and Londoners will find an instantly loveable art space, The Dairy Art Centre.

There are two large galleries, two sculpture yards, and the enigmatically named "Fridge" area. For this space was formerly the London depot of Express Dairies. It is beautifully repurposed and filled with a collection of ebullient art from both emerging and established artists. To choose just eight from 40 or so artists, here are the works of Sylvie Auvray, Thukral and Tagra, Haim Steinbach, Julian Schnabel, Jake and Dinos Chapman, and Ai Weiwei.

Curated by Sarina Basta, the show offers an intricately woven visual story built around Huxley's last novel Island (1962), the Penguin edition of which sold at 4 shillings and six pence, with a cover image given sparkling hommage by Tomas Saraceno as Flying Garden / Air-Port-City various. Pictures next week. 

Free admission.
  • Wednesday to Friday  10-5
  • Saturday and Sunday  11-5   
Sign in: the Dairy Art Centre sign at 7A Wakefield Street, WC1
Sylvie Fleury, Giant Mushroom seen from inside the gallery
Thukral and Tagra Immortalis XI, 2008
Haim Steinbach Capri Suite 2, 1987

Friday, 4 October 2013

Colnaghi, 15 Old Bond Street, Art of the Curious

Art of the Curious
An exhibition of the rare, the bizarre and the beautiful
COLNAGHI, 15 Old Bond Street, London W1
2 to 25 October 2013

Sarah Graham
Goliathus Female, 2011
(representative work)
Ink on paper, 153 x 120 cm

From the press release:
Art of the Curious is an intriguing collaborative exhibition of curiosities of nature and art. Colnaghi’s paintings and drawings departments will join forces
with Kunstkammer Georg Laue of Munich, the leading gallery specialising in
Kunst- and Wunderkammer objects of the Renaissance and Baroque, to show a
selection of extraordinary natural and artistic marvels celebrating the rare, the
bizarre and the beautiful.