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Founded in 1979, October Gallery, in central London, exhibits innovative, contemporary art from around the world. For over 35 years, October Gallery has pioneered the development of the Transvangarde - the trans-cultural avant-garde.

Exhibitions

1997

Yoruba Diasporas II - Ancestral Signs
19 November - 20 December 1997
This exhibition looks at signs as ancestral iconographic forms, exploring ways in which some contemporary Yoruba artists use highly eometric and patterned work to reference and reinvent their ancient sign language. Work by Osi Audu, LeRoy Clarke, Mestre Didi and James Phillips.

Yoruba Diasporas I - Metamorphosis
8 October - 15 November 1997
An exploration of the complex contemporary worlds of Yoruba artists in Brazil, Trinidad, Haiti, Cuba, the USA, England and Nigeria. Work by E. Taiwo Jegede, Prosper Peirrelouis, Manuel Mendive, Mario Cravo Neto, Z.O. Oloruntoba and Twins Seven Seven.
Keepers of the Mimi Spirit -
Aboriginal Art from Arnhem Land
3 September - 4 October 1997
Art from Australia's 'top-end'. Work from Arnhem land is distinguished by its use of delicate cross-hatching techniques and the representation of the mimi spirits, spirit ancestors of the Kwinjku and other Aboriginal peoples that inhabit the desert plateaux of this harsh northern land.
Beyond the Surface -
Contemporary Turkish Marbling
2 July - 2 August 1997
Coinciding with the Sufi Music Village a look at an abstract art-form from Turkey that mirrors the universal order byusing the chance effects of oil and water. 
Xu Zhongmin and Ye Yonqing - In Dialogue
28 May - 28 June 1997
A 'dialogic exchange' between two Chinese artists who attended the same arts academy in Southern China. Ye Yong Qing now teaches at this institution while Xu Zhong Min is living and working in the UK. The exhibition was presented on the occasion of the return of Hong Kong, by the United Kingdom, to the People's Republic of China.
Hai Shuet Yeung
Innovation in Abstraction
7 May - 24 May 1997
Abstract work on paper by a Chinese artist now living in England. The exhibition, coinciding with the launch of a book of the same name, was presented in collaboration with Eastern Art Report.
Julieta Rubio and Charles Beauchamp
9 April - 3 May 1997
Work by an Iranian artist living in Paris, that seeks to externalise the inner djinns or 'genies' by which we all are possessed.  
Elisabeth Lalouschek - New Works
5 February - 29 March 1997
New acrylic on canvas work by the Austrian-born artist who is the Artistic Director of the October Gallery.

 

   
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