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Viewing Awol Erizku: Cosmic Drill

The art of Los-Angeles based artist Awol Erizku, spanning photography, painting, sculpture, and mixed media, address issues of race, identity, politics and cultural history. Uniting his practice is his unique visual language and distinctive iconography, exploring everything from urban culture and basketball to art history and NASA telescopic data.

His third solo exhibition at Ben Brown Fine Arts, Cosmic Drill, includes large-scale mixed media paintings and a mix-tape produced specifically for the exhibition. Also featured is the totemic sculpture Head Crack (Stack or Starve), comprising three large-scale, stacked dice rendered from Black Absolute granite, Verde Malachite marble and a Red Jasper from Madagascar. Get to Mayfair pronto.

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Dates
27 January 2023 — 06 April 2023

Viewing Sonia Boyce: Feeling Her Way

Sonia Boyce is used to breaking ground. She was the first black British female artist to have a painting purchased by the Tate and the first to be elected to the Royal Academy. Last year, she hit headlines for being the first Black woman to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale.

Boyce’s biennale exhibition, Feeling Her way — a development of Devotional, her long-term project which honours the significant contribution of Black British female musicians and singers — garnered widespread critical acclaim and won her the Golden Lion for Best National Participation.

Now it’s going on show at Turner Contemporary in Margate, before touring to Leeds Art Gallery in the spring. Commissioned by the British Council for the British Pavilion, the installation combines video, collage, music and sculpture and features Jacqui Dankworth, Poppy Ajudha, Sofia Jernberg, Tanita Tikaram, and composer Errollyn Wallen.

‘This joyful, ambitious installation celebrates female creativity and collaboration – of finding a voice – and we look forward to presenting it in Margate,’ says Clarrie Wallis, Director of Turner Contemporary. Not surprisingly, we can’t wait.

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Dates
04 February 2023 — 08 May 2023

Viewing Günther Förg: Tupfenbilder

A prolific painter, sculptor, graphic designer and photographer, Günther Förg was one of the leading figures of postwar abstraction. In his highly conceptual practice, he explored the materiality of making and what art critic Kirsty Bell has described as ‘the visual field’.

This exhibition contains Förg’s Spot Paintings, the artist’s final series made between 2005 and 2010. Partially influenced by photographs of Francis Bacon’s studio — which was covered in colourful blotches of excess paint — they feature expressive, dynamic brushstrokes and dabs of vibrant colour.

In these works, the brushstroke itself is the main protagonist. Across the variations of paintings on display, you’ll see contrasting shades of greens, pinks, reds, browns and yellows against backgrounds of cool and pastel hues. This body of work beautifully celebrates the act of painting and is quite simply a delight to behold.

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Dates
01 February 2023 — 29 April 2023
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