Connectivity: LondonA comprehensive exhibition of painting by Johan Wahlstrom 3 Mar - 15 May 2022 London Johan Wahlstrom - Connectivity
Connectivity is both the title and driving concept of a new exhibition by Johan Wahlstrom. It explores and elevates consciousness by rendering various abstract forms our society takes, and their impact on future generations. Wahlstrom proposes that we can break through our current blockages, activate our social imaginations, and make the world we live in a better place—because we are all connected.
His blue, red and pearl paintings are dynamic, and therefore alive in a peculiar manner. In a way, they have no essence, no real basis upon which they could be interpreted; it’s what they are not that makes them interesting. Their appearance and functionality change with the observer and other physical factors (e.g., light), profoundly impact their very own semantics.
The interesting thing is that in each of them, he plays with many layers, and our role as spectator is to uncover the different planes of existence and different scales that can be unlocked through the manipulation and playful acceptance of that role.
In a way, Wahlstrom’s paintings are the exact opposite of mirrors, since they don’t reflect or represent anything substantial. They interact by the derealization of the optimal or the normal point of view through which we normally see or assess the situation—the meaning on display has been replaced by the depth of the perceptual thresholds, and the mysteries that reside in each descent or ascent from the perceptual space of the human.
These paintings are like the deep sea, where at a certain point—at a certain depth or threshold—it’s impossible to tell which way is up and down, or what we will find in one or the other direction. To use another example, they recall the construction of a space station, where there’s no ground that works as a basis for the construction but, conversely, it’s the object itself that determines the space, or the coordinates, that manifest in its context, that are generated from the empty spaces into actual ones. Wahlstrom’s paintings are therefore radical constructions that use the tools of nature to enchant our sensory perception, and they are liberating for precisely that reason.
WORLDRECORDS: Kai Schäfer10 Dec 2021 - 19 Feb 2022 London Masterpiece Art London, in collaboration with Opus in Artem, present the UK debut of esteemed German artist Kai Schäfer and his wonderfully nostalgic series 'WORLDRECORDS'.
Iconic vinyl's harmonise with the beauty of their turntable counterpart, creating visual poetry evoking the memories & dreams attached to our favourite albums, songs, musicians and everything personal that they symbolise.
In reality, the vinyl & the turntable in unison, create that music that feeds our audible soul. However, visually, via the works of Schaefer, our soul's multiple senses are activated instantaneously, through the synergy of associated subconscious memories and feelings - the rhythm is palpable.
On exhibition will be a varied selection true to the notion of WORLDRECORDS, however with an accent on the City of London and its rich, unique musical history. Displayed at Masterpiece Art's Holland Park gallery, an area home to many famous singers, musicians & music producers, the exhibition offers the learned UK audience a first opportunity to connect with this wholly inspirational collection, on home soil.
In anticipation of what would have David Bowie's 75th birthday in January 2022, Schäfer is honouring the 'wild-eyed boy from London' in his hometown, with the release of the iconic album 'Station to Station', written in 1975, as the newest addition to the WORLDRECORDS series.
Blink #2Noj Barker 30 Sep - 20 Nov 2021 London Noj Barker is a British multidisciplinary artist who primarily focuses on abstract painting. His unique patterns are transported into various forms of art that merge together to create a World of Dots. If you look through a microscope a new reality is revealed before your eyes, just as Noj’s immersive paintings, the closer you look, the more details draw you into his unending field of dots. Through his art, Noj unravels his hidden layers of vibrating spots of colour one layer after another. There is a rhythm to his process – it’s a hypnotic dance, that demands attention with both random order and striking precision. To watch him paint, at his English countryside studio, placing each dot after another until they unify into symphony of colour is truly mesmerising. Each dot is a static notation that captures a movement from transient nature of his mind. His work is truly obsessive, relentless, and indeed, it is beautiful.
JAMIE BALDRIDGE: Surreal WorldsAn exhibition of surrealist photographic tableaux from the oeuvre of American artist Jamie Baldridge 19 Aug - 25 Sep 2021 London
PICASSO | HUGO : AGENTS D'ARGENT ET D'ORA complete set of twenty-four limited edition silver platters & a twenty-fifth platter from the personal collection of the artist. 19 Nov 2020 - 20 Feb 2021 London Masterpiece Art is delighted to present an exhibition featuring a rarely seen full-set of twenty-four limited edition silver platters — the fruits of a collaboration between Picasso and the celebrated Ateliers Hugo, Aix-en-Provence, France. Each of the limited-edition works feature a different design, which draw upon three recurring themes in...
BOLD AS LOVE: Celebrating HendrixThe show is comprised of rare photographs of Hendrix — some never seen before — taken by acclaimed photographers including Ed Caraeff, Baron Wolman, Gered Mankowitz, David Montgomery (UK debut of his works) and Ulvis Alberts. Also featuring sculptures by 14 - 30 Sep 2020 London An exhibition celebrating and commemorating the iconic figure Jimi Hendrix (1942 – 1970), whose untimely death fifty years ago rocked the world and robbed us of a musical genius.
18th September 2020 marks the exact 50 year anniversary of Hendrix's passing in Notting Hill, London, United Kingdom.
© Baron Wolman/Iconic Images
WIGHT SPIRIT, 1968-70For the 50th Anniversary of the iconic Isle of Wight Festival, branded “The Last Great Event” and witnessed by an audience of over 600,000 people from 27-31 August, 1970, Masterpiece Art will present the exhibition Wight Spirit 1968-70. 27 Jul - 5 Sep 2020 London For the 50th Anniversary of the iconic Isle of Wight Festival, branded “The Last Great Event” and witnessed by an audience of over 600,000 people from 27-31 August, 1970, Masterpiece Art will present the exhibition Wight Spirit 1968-70. Centred upon the vision and work of British sculptor Guy Portelli, the...
PRIME CUTS Vol 1British artist Keith Haynes exhibits new and celebrated artworks as the London art market reopens and adapts in a new collaboration between Masterpiece Art and Gallery Different 15 Jun - 4 Jul 2020 London British artist Keith Haynes exhibits new and celebrated artworks as the London art market re-opens and adapts in a new collaboration between Masterpiece Art and Gallery Different.
DINA GOLDSTEIN | MODERN GIRLUK debut of Dina Goldstein's "Modern Girl" Series 23 Mar - 23 May 2020 London FROM THE GALLERY
Masterpiece Art are excited and delighted to be able to announce the solo exhibition and UK premier of Dina Goldstein | Modern Girl.
Debuted in Paris and originally created in 2016, Dina Goldstein’s fascinating series Modern Girl, rooted in socio-political theory, could hardly be any more relevant today in 2020.
With the major worldwide political upheavals of recent times and the ongoing righteous battle for equality played out very much in the public eye, Goldstein’s Modern Girl creates discourse on many prevalent societal issues.
Through a layered, intriguing and wholly original approach, Modern Girl tackles identity, equality, immigration, capitalism, as well as a perceived East-West cultural divide.
The finely nuanced series cleverly critiques both cultures, all from beneath a meticulously constructed aesthetically pleasing veil of satire, inspired by historical truths and real life - realised in the concise voice of the artist.
Like so often, beauty hides and obscures the truth, and these vibrant compositions draw the viewer into a journey of deeper discovery, thus correlating many of our lived experiences.
Despite the title, the series in fact transcends gender - forcing both men and women to question their own role within established ideals that surround us from day-to-day, a wider thematic explored in other series by Goldstein.
BOWIE: From Major Tom to Major ArcanaOriginal rarely seen artwork by David Bowie, with iconic photographic collaborations 6 Jan - 7 Mar 2020 London OCCULTISM IN THE ARCANE SERIES
By Alex Cousens
In place of Buddhist meditation, he became obsessed in the seventies with the exploration of the occult: the search for hidden powers and meanings, the attempt to reach beyond the conscious into a realm of unimaginable riches and danger. And it was that quest for something beyond that also inspired his artistic experiments, encouraging him to reach through or around familiar techniques to access material and methods that would help him to overcome the limitations and repressions of the everyday world around him.
Peter Doggett, The Man Who Sold the World: David Bowie and the 1970s (2011)
As David Bowie had proven with ‘Space Oddity’ (1969), he was an aficionado of current societal developments, yearnings and cultural issues – connecting with the disillusioned British youth who were rapidly converting to his loyal fan-base.
While the Apollo 11 moon landing captured the imagination of the world, so too did its “unofficial soundtrack” released the same month of July. ‘Space Oddity’ (1969) spurred young minds further, to look beyond conventional limitations for long-sought answers that science could not explain, towards sentiment that had been brewing for some years.
Bowie would continue to champion this cutting-edge understanding of his audience through an unforeseen liberalism manifested in his many varied personas, underlined by an androgynous sexual ambiguity and endless reel of suggestive lyrics throughout the seventies.
His imagery, literal and lyrical, had begun to address prevalent notions of fear, acceptance and understanding – fearlessly immersing himself in subjects thought to be taboo. Thus helping give voice to a youth struggling for identity and meaning in a “new age”.
Running through it all was the conviction – already a manifesto amongst the youthful counter-culture – that conventional explanations of the world, and mankind’s place within it, were ineffective and partial.
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Highlights from the Masterpiece Art CollectionOld Master Painting to Modern and Contemporary Art 1 Oct - 1 Nov 2019 London Highlights from the Masterpiece Art Collection showcases Old Master Painting, British 19th century painting, Impressionism, rare works in silver by Pablo Picasso, early work by Andy Warhol and Tracey Emin, contemporary editions by Leonard Cohen and much more...