= The Crawford Arts Review: March 2015

Monday, 23 March 2015

Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915–2015

An adventurous title for an exhibition – and the Whitechapel Gallery's marvellous follow-up to Tate Modern's Kazimir Malevich exhibition last year. You have until Easter Monday, 6 April, to see it.

Since the Whitechapel's exhibition covers the last 100 years of abstract art it isn't tiny. Allow yourself plenty of time: once you've bought your ticket you can exit for breathers, visits to the bookshop, or snacks and cups of tea from the Gallery's restaurant. And be prepared for the eye – itself a globe, its inner structures referred to as rods and cones – to react powerfully to these external geometrics.

Here's what the exhibition's catalogue says:

Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915–2015


Edited by Iwona Blazwick and Magnus Af Petersen

With essays by Tanya Barson, Briony Fer, Jiang Jiehong and Tom McDonough

"Exploring how the universal visual language of geometric abstraction relates to society and politics, Adventures of the Black Square  traces a century of abstract art from 1915 to the present day, encompassing sculpture, film, photography, and painting. Beautifully illustrated in colour with works by almost 100 artists including Carl Andre, David Batchelor, Dan Flavin, Andrea Fraser, Kazimir Malevich, Piet Mondrian, Gabriel Orozco, Hélio Oiticica, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Rosemarie Trockel, Theo Van Doesburg, Zhao Yao and Andrea Zittel, the book also demonstrates how the movement’s revolutionary aesthetic continues to impact culture across the globe, presenting a chronological survey extending from Russia to Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Central America, South America, and the US."

A co-publication between Prestel and Whitechapel Gallery.
Paperback, 288 pages, 230 x 275 mm
ISBN 978-3-7913-6595-4
First published 2015
Late Night Openings: Friday 27 & Saturday 28 March, 11am–9pm
Friday 3 & Saturday 4 April, 11am–9pm

ticketed book on T +44 (0)20 7092 9895

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Virginia Overton at White Cube Mason's Yard

Until Saturday 14 March at 6pm

This is American artist Virginia Overton's first exhibition in the UK. In these new works, she displays a wonderful sculptural eye for the simple, telling, but large-scale gesture. Out of a series of arching whitewood planks braced against floor and ceiling, she produces a curved and wooded wall for the ground floor gallery that is as simple as it is elegant. As the picture shows, the installation interacts with light, here the daylight filtering in from the gallery's windows. 

Untitled 2015. Whitewood. Dimensions
variable. Photo: George Darrell. Courtesy 
White Cube and the photographer

This work, like the other sculptures in this show, is for sale. The dimensions are 1327 x 647 x 438 cm. If you have the space and the means, I urge you to contact White Cube Mason's Yard. From the point of view of private or institutional collectors of American art, it would be sad for such a visceral work to leave the country. Customisation of all the works is possible.

White Cube Mason's Yard
25–26 Mason's Yard
London SW1Y 6BU

Tel +44 (0) 207 930 5373
Opening times

Monday, 2 March 2015

Try not to miss . . .

Adrian Paci's 25' 40" video at the Architectural Association on the quarrying and carving of marble, The Column, for the classical column, still one of the definitive features of architecture in the world.

Architectural Association
36 Bedford Square
London  WC1
Free admission
Mon-Fri 10-7
Sat 10-3