Geometric patterns, anthropomorphic characters, architectural spatial environments, and relics of the ancient world appear throughout Jess Johnson's artworks.Johnson's solo art-ventures began in drawing, but her long-term collaborative relationship with animator Simon Ward brings her drawings to life in videos and virtual reality. The animator has...
Under the artistic direction of Folakunle Oshun, the second edition of the Lagos Biennial (26 October–23 November 2019) includes works by over 40 Lagos-based and international artists, architects, and collectives. Curated by architect Tosin Oshinowo, curator and producer Oyindamola Fakeye, and assistant curator of photography at the Art Institute...
Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...
Bartha Contemporary is pleased to announce a presentation of recent works by Iranian born artist Hadi Tabatabai (b. 1964 Mashhad, Iran, lives and works in California). The installation will feature a selection of 'Thread Paintings' and follows the artist's recent showcase at Parasol Unit in London.
In 2003 Hadi Tabatabai visited Agnes Martin at her home in New Mexico. During his visit, Tabatabai asked Martin if she thought perfection, beauty, and reality were one and the same. Upon reflection, Martin countered that they are different, but there is a place where all three come together.
Tabatabai's practice evolves from exploring the aesthetic possibilities offered by repetition and precision. For this showcase, the artist assembled a series of works that teeter on the edge between painting and sculpture. Embracing the formal aesthetic of American minimalism these works, conceived of string, paint and a variety of supports, encompass a haptic quality often missing in hard-edged abstraction.
The carefully calibrated composition of each work invites you to consider the planes of reality from which these works originate. The perception is best described as an experience, which evokes a sense of otherworldliness. Made by human hand, these objects appear to be machine-made but not mechanical. It is this contradiction harboured in each work that alludes to the artist's own experience.
This presentation is part of a series of installations marking the opening of Bartha Contemporary's new private space in London St. James's. Open by appointment, this space offers a unique and decisively private platform for contemporary culture in London.
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