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Viewing dear moon by Shota Nakaruma at Peres Projects

This exhibition of new paintings by the Japan-born, Berlin-based artist Shota Nakamura explores dreaming, dream images and our subconscious desires. It also looks at dreamscapes as a bridge between our domestic spaces and the natural world.

Taking centre stage is the sleeping figure, sprawled out across bedroom and forest floors. They are painted in loud colours but embody a stillness that encourages quiet reflection. Time is suspended: Shota cultivates space for our fantasies to evolve.

You’ll also see Shota’s signature motifs: birds, trees and flowers. ‘I try all that I can in order to draw nature,’ he once said. ‘I simply find it beautiful.’

For dear moon, Shota looked to European modernism and found imagery in painting, photography, tapestry, craft and film for inspiration. Of his distinctive creative process, he has said: ‘Sometimes I just pick up the images from a catalogue that I have in my bookshelf and add my interpretation by recreating the work.’

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Dates
12 March 2021 — 13 April 2021
Location
Peres Projects
Eileen Agar’s best known as a surrealist, but she also explored Cubism and Abstraction, finding inspiration in everything from ancient mythologies and sexual pleasure to the natural world — particularly the ocean.

Born in 1899 in Buenos Aires, she was sent to boarding school in England, which remained her principal residence for the rest of her life. She later embraced the anarchic tendencies of Surrealism, befriending André Breton, Man Ray and Picasso, among others. The artist Paul Nash would become her sometime lover.

Over the course of her near 70-year career, Agar experimented with drawing, sculpture, collage and painting, enjoying fluctuating critical, professional and financial success. Eileen Agar: Angel of Anarchy, the largest exhibition of the artist’s work to date, brings together over 100 paintings, collages, photographs, assemblages and archive material, much of which has been rarely exhibited, to celebrate Agar’s unique and spirited style. This resurgence of interest in Agar’s life and art is long overdue.

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Location
Whitechapel Gallery

Viewing Peter Kennard, On Hannah Arendt: ‘The Concept of History’ at Richard Saltoun

London’s art world is abuzz with talk of Hannah Arendt, the German-born, Jewish American philosopher celebrated for her writings on power and evil, as well as politics, direct democracy, authority and totalitarianism. Why? Because London’s Richard Saltoun Gallery has dedicated its entire 2021 exhibition programme to the revered theorist, and March sees the opening of the second exhibition in its eight-part series.

The Concept of History is a solo exhibition of works by Peter Kennard, arguably Britain’s most important political artist. He is perhaps best known today for Photo-Op, the iconic image of a grinning Tony Blair taking a ‘selfie’ in Iraq in front of an arid landscape engulfed in flames.

This exhibition takes its title from the second essay in Arendt’s 1968 publication, Between Past and Future: Eight Exercises in Political Thought, and features three bodies of work, including Kennard’s little-known, little-seen monochromatic STOP paintings made between 1968 and 1976.

You can also view a video introduction online to The Concept of History by Roger Berkowitz, Founder and Director of the Hannah Arendt Center, and an interview with Peter Kennard on Hannah Arendt. For more on Arendt, look to the touring exhibition centred on her work due to open at the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn this spring.

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Dates
08 March 2021 — 10 April 2021
Location
Richard Saltoun London
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