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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.

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El Anatsui as an Honorary Academician

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Current Exhibition

El Anatsui, Image: AG+BA (detail), 2014.
Aluminium, copper wire and nylon string,
size variable.
Photo: Jonathan Greet

El ANATSUI
12 February - 28 March 2015

El Anatsui’s sculptural experiments with media and form have challenged the definition of sculpture itself. In particular, his metal wall-hangings have received international acclaim. Throughout a distinguished forty-year career as both an artist and teacher, El Anatsui has addressed a wide range of social, political and historical concerns and embraced an equally diverse range of media and processes. In 2013, one of his largest metal wall-hangings to utilize his bottle-top technique, TSIATSIA – searching for connection, adorned the façade of Burlington House. Created to coincide with the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2013, this remarkable work won the prestigious Charles Wollaston Award.

The exhibition will focus on a range of intricate metal sculptures.

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Forthcoming Exhibitions

Kenji Yoshida, Inochi To Heiwa (Life and Peace), 2007.
Oil and metal on canvas, 81 x 65 cm.

KENJI YOSHIDA
2 April - 9 May 2015

October Gallery will present an exhibition of works by the late Kenji Yoshida (1924 - 2009). The exhibition will focus primarily on Yoshida’s later paintings in which gold leaf is applied dynamically to contrasting fields of bright colour and black ground, creating compositions that express the artist’s oft-repeated utterance, ‘Life brightens most when peace occurs’. In this magnificent, elliptical language of coloured forms, Yoshida entreats the viewer to consider the fundaments essential to life, the unity at humanity’s core.



 



Most Recent Exhibitions

Liliane Lijn, Way Out Is Way In, 2009.
Painted steel solvent drums, 3 phase motor, inverter & programmed speed & direction control chip, halogen lighting,
300 x 60 cm.

William S. Burroughs
CAN YOU ALL HEAR ME?
Including works by Brion Gysin, Liliane Lijn, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Shezad Dawood & Cerith Wyn Evans
4 December 2014 – 7 Febraury 2015

As the final event celebrating the centenary of William S. Burroughs’s birth, October Gallery, London, presents an exhibition of his art, including rarely-displayed pieces. The exhibition opens 4th December, 2014 and continues until 7th February, 2015, and will highlight artists who have been profoundly influenced by Burroughs’ life, including Brion Gysin, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Liliane Lijn, Shezad Dawood and Cerith Wyn Evans.

Throughout all Burroughs work - art, novels, essays, film and sound experiments - Burroughs wove a passionate message: deconstruct control systems and think for yourself. His art is a personal exploration of intelligence. Artists working in all genres have heard his message, and references to Burroughs’ works are now deeply embedded in our culture, from painting to film to advertising to literature to journalism to music.

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Adejoke Tugbiyele, Flight to Revelation (detail), 2011.
Palm Stems, steel wire, trivet and mannequin head,
183 x 152 x 92cm. Photo: Lloyd Lowe Jr.
INTERWOVEN HISTORIES
30 October - 29 November 2014

October Gallery, London, presents Interwoven Histories,an exhibition of compelling mixed-media works by artists from Africa. With remarkable new works by artists, Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga, Nnenna Okore and Romuald Hazoumè, this exhibition will also introduce works by artist Adejoke Tugbiyele.

This exhibition looks at the creative force of the hand. Instead of using traditional artistic tools and technology, each artist weaves or moulds together stark narratives by hand.

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