Welcome to The Wick

— Katy Wickremesinghe
Dear All,

As January comes to its chilly end, it is time to give good cheer. The Walpole Power List is out naming the best-in-class makers, entrepreneurs, and creatives. The Maddox Gallery, Cole & Son, Sanderson, Saatchi Gallery, the V&A and Oyster Yachts are in the long list of recognition.

Meanwhile, it’s great to hear that John Akomfrah to represent Britain at Venice biennale. The British Ghanian artist is known for his provocative video works that examine issues including climate change and colonialism. “I’m grateful to be given a moment to explore the complex history and significance of this institution [the British Pavilion] and the nation it represents, as well as its architectural home in Venice, with all the stories it has told and will continue to,” said Akomfrah in a statement.

Mark mid-February in your diaries for the first joint show of contemporary British artists and much-loved talented couple, Annie Morris and Idris Khan at Newlands House Gallery, curated by Maya Binkin. More to come soon. Whilst the art world is busy set to welcome a host of new shows, the British Fashion Council and Designers bed down into a forthcoming London Fashion Week around the corner and the film world wakes up as BAFTA waits in the wings.

Wishing you all a very happy weekend.
With all best wishes from me and the KTW Family,
The Wick - Bella Freud Loving Candle

Objects of Desire

Loving Candle by Bella Freud

The Wick - Portrait of Nadia Samdani MBE, Photo Peter Mallet
Monday Muse

Interview British-Bangladeshi Art Patron Nadia Samdani MBE

The Wick - Portrait of Studio Lenca in Studio, courtesy of Studio Lenca

Spotlight Contemporary Artist Studio Lenca

The Wick - Henry Moore, The Arch, 1979–1980.

Happenings The Wick’s Top Ten Public Sculptures

The Wick - LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 24: (L to R)  Mei Hui Liu, Fashion designer Edeline Lee, Maryam Eisler and Lady Alison Myners attend the launch of Oscar-winning artist Tim Yip’s groundbreaking new art film LOVE INFINITY on MUBI, featuring some of the most iconic and diverse living artists and creatives of our time, at the National Gallery on March 24, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Tim Yip)

Happenings “Love Infinity” Screening and In Conversation at The National Gallery

The Wick - Awol Erikzu, Cosmic Drill at Ben Brown Fine Arts, image courtesy of The Wick

Viewing Awol Erizku: Cosmic Drill

The art of Los-Angeles based artist Awol Erizku, is back at Ben Brown Fine Arts for a second solo exhibition in the Mayfair gallery. Spanning photography, painting, sculpture, and mixed media, Erikzu address issues of race, identity, politics and cultural history.

The Wick - Feeling Her Way featuring four performers
Errollyn Wallen, Tanita Tikaram, Poppy
Ajudha, Jacqui Dankworth (2022)
© British Council

Viewing Sonia Boyce: Feeling Her Way

Sonia Boyce is used to breaking ground. Last year, she hit headlines for being the first Black woman to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale. Now it’s going on show at Turner Contemporary in Margate, before touring to Leeds Art Gallery in the spring.

The Wick - Günther Förg, Untitled, 2007, Acrylic on canvas, 150.7 x 140.2 x 2.9 cm, Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography Zürich

© Estate Günther Förg, Suisse / DACS 2023
Courtesy the Estate Günther Förg, Suisse

Viewing Günther Förg: Tupfenbilder

A prolific painter, sculptor, graphic designer and photographer, Günther Förg was one of the leading figures of postwar abstraction. This exhibition at Hauser & Wirth contains Förg’s Spot Paintings, the artist’s final series made between 2005 and 2010.

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