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Viewing David Hockney: Bigger & Closer (not smaller & further away)

David Hockney: Bigger & Closer (not smaller & further away). Hockney is back and more innovative than ever, with an extraordinary four storey high space in Kings Cross – adjacent to Coal Drops Yard and Central St Martin’s. Combining his iconic paintings with unique digital projections and audio technology, London Theatre Company and 59 Productions have developed a new creative venture in the heart of King’s Cross “Lightroom”.

In a cycle of six themed chapters, with a specially composed score by Nico Muhly and a commentary by the artist himself, Hockney reveals his process to us. His voice is in our ears as we watch him experimenting with perspective, using photography as a way of ‘drawing with a camera’, capturing the passing of time in his polaroid collages and the joy of spring on his iPad, and showing us why only paint can properly convey the hugeness of the Grand Canyon. We join him on his audio-visual Wagner Drive, roaring up into the San Gabriel Mountains, and into the opera house by means of animated re-creations of his stage designs.

“The world is very very beautiful if you look at it, but most people don’t look very much. They scan the ground in front of them so they can walk, they don’t really look at things incredibly well, with an intensity. I do.” David Hockney, from the soundtrack of ‘Bigger & Closer (not smaller & further away)’

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22 February 2023 — 04 June 2023

Viewing Action, Gesture, Paint: Women Artists and Global Abstraction 1940 -1970

The world heads to East London for a major new retrospective of female artists, across three decades and a breadth of global locations. Bringing together 150 artists over 80 artists across the globe, this exhibition is a big exploration of the importance and influence of female abstraction and a revision of its story.

The exhibition features well-known artists associated with the Abstract Expressionism movement, including American artists Lee Krasner (1908-1984) and Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011), alongside lesser-known figures such as Mozambican-Italian artist Bertina Lopes (1924-2012) and South Korean artist Wook-kyung Choi (1940-1985). More than half of the works have never before been on public display in the UK and there is focus on regions such as Latin America, China, Japan, Iran and elsewhere which to date have been overlooked.

The New York critic Harold Rosenberg heralded this gestural form of abstraction as a liberation. “At a certain moment,” he famously wrote in 1952, “the canvas began to appear to one American painter after another as an arena in which to act – rather than as a space in which to reproduce, redesign, analyse or ‘express’ an object, actual or imagined.”

At this point in time gestural abstraction was perceived as a heroic encounter with the self. Attacking the canvas like a “punch in the face” (The Guardian) world renowned artists burst with colour next to the lesser known quickly destroying the myth that abstract expressionism was an all-male club. A must see.

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09 February 2023 — 07 May 2023

Viewing Richard Deacon & David Batchelor: Colours In The Air

Handel Street Projects in North London is pleased to present a collaborative exhibition of works by David Batchelor and Richard Deacon with contributions from curator Fedja Klikovac.

When I was sixteen I was allowed to paint the small room I slept in whatever colour I liked. I painted it purple with orange woodwork. It was awful, like sleeping in a nightmare. Painted it white again after a few days. Should have used blue and yellow. (Richard Deacon)

I would become Ukrainian just for the colours of their flag. (David Batchelor)

A month after the unprovoked Russian invasion of Ukraine, Handel Street Projects started a conversation about a possible collaborative project, knowing that both artists share a strong interest in colour. As a result of ‘two guys just noticing things as they go along who were sometimes worried and sometimes not but have a background preoccupation (as we all do)’, The two artists began a visual correspondence of messages between each other – pinging back and forth visual references and over time the body of work seemed to evolve including the two colours of the Ukrainian Flag, from the Café Cafe at Hebden Bridge Station to the Beringen Lorry.

Since the shocking and brutal attack by Russia on Ukraine started on the 24 February 2022, 240,000 people have been killed. Millions have been displaced and this exhibition is dedicated to all Ukrainian people fighting for the freedom of their sovereign state.

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24 February 2023 — 31 March 2023
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