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Ellen Berkenblit exhibition in The Drawing Center

Posted 21/06/2018

An exhibition featuring the works of Ellen Berkenblit opens in June 27 - August 12, 2018 at The Drawing Center, New York.

A live-score performance to Ellen Berkenblit's film, Lines Roar, by electro-acoustic composer/performer, multi-instrumentalist, improviser, and pioneer of contemporary harp performance, Zeena Parkins, will take place on June 26 at 7pm.

Concentrating on the explosive nature of Berkenblit’s line, Lines Roar presents a look into her artistic process and features familiar motifs from her paintings and drawings: a long-nosed female, a tiger, a stiletto, and autobiographical footage taken by Berkenblit in both her home and studio.

Also interlaced throughout the film are photographs of Berkenblit’s family and images, taken by her father, who was an amateur photographer and chemist. The result is a film that combines Berkenblit’s life with her work, an intimate look at what drives the artist’s practice.

For more information and tickets, click here.

New work by Kamrooz Aram

Posted 16/05/2018

New work by Kamrooz Aram, whose painting Celebration Confirmed features in the New York Aspen collection, has been acquired by the The Modern Art Museum of Ft Worth, Texas.

The triptych entitled Ornament for Extraordinary Architecture (2018) has been acquired for their permanent collection.

Aram's current solo Focus exhibition at the Museum, which encompasses a new body of work made specifically for the Tadao Ando designed building, is on view until 17 June.

Artist Xavier Solé Mora creating a new digital work inspired by Francisco Goya’s ‘Follies’ for Aspen Digital Art Award 2017 - 18

Posted 22/02/2018

Camberwell College of Arts graduate Xavier Solé Mora has been announced as the recipient of the 2017-18 Aspen Digital Art Award, creating a new work inspired by Francisco Goya's Los Disparates (The Follies) for Aspen’s renowned art collection.

Using Goya’s depiction of the absurd in the etching Disparate de tontos (Folly of Fools), the artist explores the appeal of the ludicrous and misperceptions of risk. The new commission will be developed during this year and will launch in September 2018.

For the past four years, Aspen and the Contemporary Art Society have been working together to uncover the most exciting young talent in the field of digital art. The Digital Art Award represents Aspen's commitment to cutting edge creative practice and reflects the Contemporary Art Society's mission to identify and support emerging artists and showcase their work.

The Aspen Digital Art Award offers a bursary to a recent postgraduate to develop a new digital artwork at a pivotal point in their career. In acknowledgement of Aspen’s global reach, the award was opened up for the first time to graduates from two international Universities; NYU Tisch School of the Arts in New York and Zurich University of the Arts in Zurich as well as two London-based universities, Slade School of Fine Art and Camberwell College of Arts.

The shortlisted artists for 2017-18 included: Georgia Lucas-Going, Chang Lui, Nicole He, Hazel Brill and Lisa Jamhoury, each of whom proposed original works of art of an exceptionally high standard.

For more information on the award, visit the CAS website.

For information on Xavi's other projects, visit www.xaviersolemora.com

Clare Kenny at Vitrine

Posted 30/11/2016

Clare Kenny has a solo exhibition at VITRINE gallery in London.

In ‘Enough rope to hang ‘emselves’, Kenny takes a family story about her grandmother, who spent much of her life working in a rope factory in greater Manchester, as the catalyst for an installation of sculptures in the extraordinary Vitrine space in Bermondsey – a must see.

Four of Kenny’s artworks, Beyond the Pale (2013), Envy (2010-13), Looking Back at You (2013), and Pondlife (2013) are included in the Aspen Collection and displayed in the London office.

The exhibition runs until 21 January 2017.

Kamrooz Aram at Green.Art.Gallery

Posted 30/11/2016

Kamrooz Aram whose work features in the New York Aspen collection has a major solo show at renowned Green.Art.Gallery in Dubai.

The exhibition Recollections for a Room, explores the potential for ornament and pattern to transcend the decorative. In these works, he blends isolated details from a Persian carpet with the geometric patterns found in European Modernist architecture. This focus on where East and West can find parallels signals the artist’s perspective of optimism in the face of wider social challenges.

Aram’s exhibition runs until 15 January 2017 – an excuse to visit warmer climes perhaps? His work Celebration Confirmed (2008) is displayed in the Aspen collection in New York.

Aspen open doors

The Contemporary Art Society hosted an event for their members at our London office in February, with guided tours of the local collection. Look out for future events.


Arts reach further

Aspen continues to support the arts across all disciplines with our continuing sponsorship of the Almeida theatre.

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