= The Crawford Arts Review: Until Thursday 14 December

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Until Thursday 14 December

As if to emphasize how much light matters in these frequently dark days, Annely Juda Dering Street (walk into Bond Street and take the first turn on the left) is showing - as part of a group show - "Sous-Pr
ématisme", No.1, No.2, No.3, a 3-part lateral work by the French artist François Morellet, created in 2010. The contemporary painter, sculptor and light artist died in May last year and the present exhibition, Light / Dark, shows this master of minimalism with other gallery artists who have responded to the theme. 

LIGHT fills the 4th floor space, literally and metaphorically. To walk into the back gallery is to feel you are walking into a south facing room, flooded - luminescent - with summer sunshine.

There are in fact no windows in the room. The 3-part work is secured to a gallery wall of pristine plainness.This is Morellet's art of light, supplied by 29 narrow diameter white neon tubes.

I can think of three groups of people who would enjoy this entrancing jolt to the visual cortex: (1)
Every single person in London right now; (2) Some extremely well-off personage who might generously long-term loan it to London (expect to pay in the region of  £600,000); (3) A London art institution, again with the means to purchase it.

Joining Morellet in LIGHT are works by Darren Lago, Katsuhiro Yamaguchi, Yuko Shiraishi, Stefan Gec, Roger Ackling, Michael Michaeledes, Jürgen Klauke, Lucia Nogueira and Philipp Goldbach.

DARK fills the 3rd floor galleries; the Morellet work (not for sale) is Négatif No.5 (2008). It is accompanied by the work of Edwina Leapman, Nigel Hall, Alan Green, Edda Renouf, Yoshishige Saito, David Nash, Lesley Foxcroft, Alan Charlton, Gloria Friedmann, Werner Haypeter, and further works by Roger Ackling, Stefan Gec and Darren Lago.

Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 10am-6pm; Saturday 11am-5pm
Address is Annely Juda Fine Art, 23 Dering Street [W1S 1AW], 

Contact ajfa@annelyjudafineart.co.uk, nearest tubes Bond Street or Oxford Circus.

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