<h2>RACHID KORAÏCHI: CELESTIAL BLUE<br>
7 MARCH – 13 APRIL 2024</h2>
<h2>RACHID KORAÏCHI: CELESTIAL BLUE<br>
7 MARCH – 13 APRIL 2024</h2>
<h2>RACHID KORAÏCHI: CELESTIAL BLUE<br>
7 MARCH – 13 APRIL 2024</h2>
<h2>LR VANDY: TWIST<br>
18 APRIL – 25 MAY 2024</h2>
<h2>LR VANDY: TWIST<br>
18 APRIL – 25 MAY 2024</h2>
<h2>HYUNDAI COMMISSION.<br><em>EL ANATSUI: BEHIND THE RED MOON</em> FOR TATE MODERN’S TURBINE HALL.</h2>
10 October, 2023 – 14 April, 2024
Tate Modern, London<h2>Aubrey Williams: Cosmological Abstractions, 1973–85<br>23 May 2023 – 2 June 2024 at
Tate Britain, London</h2>Photo: © Tate (Madeleine Buddo)<h2>EDDY KAMUANGA ILLUNGA<br>Available from our Book Store, £45.95 + P&P</h2>248 pages, 200 full colour plates throughout. Published by Rizzoli.<h2>DREAM NO SMALL DREAM: The Story of October Gallery<br>Available from our Book Store, £40 + P&P</h2>304 pages, full colour plates throughout. Edited by Gerard Houghton.
 

CURRENT EXHIBITION

7 March – 13 April 2024
Rachid Koraïchi, from the series Les Vigilants (ii), 2020.
Steel, 176 x 128 x 45 cm.
Photo: Oak Taylor-Smith
Rachid Koraïchi, Les ailes bleues des Anges, 2022.
Acrylic on canvas, 150 x 150 cm.
Photo: Oak Taylor-Smith
October Gallery presents Celestial Blue, a solo exhibition of new works by the renowned artist Rachid Koraïchi. Born in the Aurès mountains of Algeria, Koraïchi’s creative explorations have employed an impressive range of media, which include paintings on canvas, paper and silk, bronze, wood and steel sculptures, ceramics and textiles. Koraïchi’s abiding fascination with signs of all kinds is the unwavering constant informing his conscious and finely detailed work.

In accordance with Koraïchi’s predilection for the magical number 7 – considered significant in all the major traditions – Celestial Blue celebrates the artist’s 77th year. This exhibition includes canvas works interspersed with statuesque steel sculptures, in his characteristically figurative forms. The works on canvas are inspired by the nasibs that the 12th century Sufi mystic and writer, Ibn ‘Arabi, set down in his book of love poems, The Interpreter of Desires (1215). Each large, square canvas presents an original design produced in white on an indigo blue ground that improvises upon one of the original poems. Rather than being a direct translation, each work becomes a sustained reflection on the profundity of Ibn ‘Arabi’s original vision, offering a visual correlative to the ideas expressed in a modified, entirely contemporary form.
 

FORTHCOMING EXHIBITION

18 April – 25 May 2024
LR Vandy, Transmitter, 2023.
Wood, aluminium, plastic, 47 x 19 x 14 cm.
LR Vandy, Dancing in Time: Copper Bottom, 2023.
Coir rope, copper, wood, jute, brass, 66 x 15 x 14 cm.
October Gallery is delighted to present Twist, the second solo exhibition by LR Vandy, which features a new series of sculptures created from a variety of ropes and other materials; one large-scale rope work, several smaller rope sculptures, a collection of photographic prints and further new works from the artist’s signature Hull series. The exhibition follows last year’s display of Vandy’s large-scale installation, Dancing in Time: The Ties That Bind Us, a five-meter-high rope sculpture commissioned for the International Slavery Museum’s Martin Luther King celebrations at Liverpool’s Canning Dock waterfront.

In 2022, Vandy relocated her studio to a site adjacent to the Ropery at Chatham Historic Dock Yard – an establishment which has preserved traditional rope-making, still using original machinery from the 19th century, of which the oldest dates back to 1811. This led the artist to explore the matter and properties of rope, as she began to delve into the material’s historical importance and symbolic implications.

This series of rope sculptures was inspired by Barbara Ehrenreich’s book, ‘Dancing in the streets’, which locates the phenomenon of ‘collective joy’ as central to the origins of dance. Other contributing sources can be found in hunting rituals and the African spirit dances that transformed into carnival masquerades in the African diaspora. The vital, energetic forms are composed by shaping and hand-sewing sections of rope together, before tying off and binding the loose ends with twine or copper wire. Other rope sculptures subtly integrate incongruous found objects: cogs, pipes, washers skipping-rope handles, etc. Vandy’s vivacious curvilinear sculptures challenge the typical representation of the female form –historically subjected to the male gaze – to provide a more positive depiction that associates female abstraction with empowerment.

Alongside these sculptures, a new selection of Vandy’s striking Hull series will be shown, exploring the trade significance of indigo. The artist draws upon traditional talismans, amulets and charms to transform these model boats into ‘masks’ adorned and animated with various materials including rope, fishing floats and feathers. By continuously experimenting with different materials, LR Vandy’s remarkable assemblages, on close examination, animate the field of contemporary sculpture with haunting echoes laden with insight into issues of continuing relevance today.
 

 

NEWS, EVENTS & RECOMMENDATIONS


HYUNDAI COMMISSION. EL ANATSUI: BEHIND THE RED MOON FOR TATE MODERN’S TURBINE HALL.
10th October, 2023 – 14th April, 2024
Tate Modern, London
Congratulations to El Anatsui! We are delighted that Tate Modern unveils a monumental sculptural installation created by the internationally acclaimed Ghanaian artist.

The Hyundai Commission: El Anatsui: Behind the Red Moon is staged in three acts which visitors are invited to move between. The first hanging, titled The Red Moon, resembles the majestic sail of a ship billowing out in the wind, announcing the beginning of a journey across the Atlantic Ocean. Red liquor bottle-tops form the outline of a red moon, or ‘blood moon’, as it appears during a lunar eclipse.

The second sculpture, , is composed of many individual layers that evoke human figures suspended in a restless state. The ethereal appearance of these figures is achieved using thin bottle-top seals wired together to create a net-like material. When viewed from a particular vantage point, these scattered shapes come together into a single circular form of the Earth.

In Anatsui’s final hanging, The Wall, a monumental black sheet of metal cloth stretches from floor to ceiling. At its base, pools of bottle tops rise from the ground in the form of crashing waves and rocky peaks. Behind its black surface, a delicate structure of shimmering silver is revealed, covered in a mosaic of multi-coloured pieces. This combination of lines and waves, blackness and technicolour, echoes the collision of global cultures and hybrid identities that Anatsui invites us to consider throughout his work.
Hyundai Commission. El Anatsui: Behind the Red Moon, Installation View,
Photo © Tate (Joe Humphrys)
ROMUALD HAZOUMÈ at the 60th Venice Biennale
20th April – 24th November, 2024
Romuald Hazoumè has been selected as one of the four major artists to represent The Republic of Benin for the 60th edition of La Biennale di Venezia.

Entitled Everything Precious Is Fragile, this exhibition will explore the rich history of Benin, touching on themes such as the slave trade, the Amazon motif, spirituality and the Vodun religion. These themes are tied together by Benin's exploration of African feminism and pay tribute to women's versatility whilst envisioning a world where differences are seen as a source of richness and strength.

Acclaimed worldwide for his masks made from used plastic petrol cans, Romuald Hazoumè is an artist whose work is firmly rooted in Benin's social, political and cultural context and the globalized world.
Photo: © Jonathan Greet, 20016.
Gallery Talk:
LR Vandy in conversation with Elisabeth Lalouschek
Saturday, 27 April, 2024
3.00 – 4.30pm. Entry Free
The conversation explores Vandy’s working processes and materials, the creation of the artist’s new rope sculptures and examines her daily approach to her work in the studio. Vandy’s recent work was highly influenced by her relocation to a site adjacent to the Ropery at Chatham Historic Dock Yard – an establishment which has preserved traditional rope-making since the 19th century. The exchange will investigate the artist’s use of this versatile material as well as re-visit her series of Hull works.

The talk accompanies LR Vandy's new solo exhibtion, Twist.

The event takes place in the gallery’s ground floor and has disabled access.

The talk will take place in the gallery and disabled access is available.
LR Vandy in front of Dancing in Time: The Ties That Bind Us, Installation View. National Museums Liverpool.
Photo © Pete Carr.
Burn, burn, burn - The Beats light up the Ox
WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS at Oxmarket Contemporary, Chichester
2 April – 14 April, 2024
Burn, burn, burn - The Beats light up the Ox will explore the nonconformist world of the Beat Generation and the diverse artistic expressions of this influential movement.

Included is the work Untitled by William S. Burroughs —a fusion of ink and spray paint on a file folder, with words and inscriptions surfacing through the layers. From drawing to performance, music to photography, and film to art, the Beat Generation's experiments yielded a riotous tapestry of colour and controversy.
William S. Burroughs, Untitled, c. 1992.
Ink and spray paint on file folder, 30 x 48 cm.
El Anatsui at MAK in Vienna
Continues until 20th May, 2024
El Anatsui’s work Terra Firma is now on view in a new exhibition at MAK, Vienna.
HARD/SOFT: Textiles and Ceramics in Contemporary Art, showcases work from around 40 international artists, many whose work is being exhibited in Vienna for the first time. The exhibition explores the interplay between textiles and ceramics and examines the materials’ connections with economic and political systems. Furthermore, the exhibited works investigate themes relating to cultural appropriation and post-colonialism.
El Anatsui Terra Firma, 2020.
Aluminium and copper wire,
360 x 334 cm.
Photo: Nathan Murrell
EL ANATSUI at Entangled Pasts, 1778–now: Art Colonialism and Change
3 February – 28 April, 2024
Royal Academy of Arts, London
Entangled Pasts, 1778–now: Art Colonialism and Change, brings together over 100 major contemporary and historic artworks as part of a conversation about art and its role in shaping narratives around empire, enslavement, resistance, abolition and colonialism.

Organised into three thematic sections that intertwine narratives across time and engage over 50 artists connected to the institution, the exhibition will include El Anatsui’s installation Akua's Surviving Children from 1996. This powerful piece represents a clan of survivors from the Danish slave trade, which operated between Ghana, formerly the Gold Coast, and the Danish West Indies.
El Anatsui, Akua's Surviving Children, 2020.
Found wood and metal,
height 165 cm, variable dimensions.
AUBREY WILLIAMS: COSMOLOGICAL ABSTRACTIONS, 1973–85 at TATE BRITAIN
23 May 2023 – 2 June 2024
Tate Britain has dedicated a room to the work of Aubrey Williams, a significant aspect in the institution’s 2023 complete rehang of the world’s greatest collection of British art for the first time in 10 years.

Titled Aubrey Williams: Cosmological Abstractions, 1973–85, the display consists of paintings created in the 1970s and the 1980s, and explores Williams' involvement with ecology, cosmology, music and pre-colonial civilisations.

Visitors can now discover the galleries laid out chronologically, from the 1500s to the present day, with the relationship between British art and the wider world being a major theme throughout. Each solo exhibition room, devoted to major historic figures such as William Blake and John Constable amongst others.
Installion view of Aubrey Williams: Cosmological Abstractions, 1973–85 at Tate Britain.
Photo: Tate (Madeleine Buddo)

 

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Bloomsbury, London

October Gallery has been instrumental in bringing to worldwide attention many of the world’s leading international artists, including El Anatsui, Rachid Koraïchi, Romuald Hazoumè, Nnenna Okore, Laila Shawa and Kenji Yoshida. The Gallery promotes the Transvangarde, the very best in contemporary art from around the planet, as well as maintaining a cultural hub in central London for poets, writers, intellectuals and artists, and hosts talks, performances and seminars, see www.octobergallery.co.uk/events

The rich diversity of art presented is an inspiration to collectors and enthusiasts. Institutions such as the British Museum, London; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Germany; Neue Galerie, Kassel, Germany; Setagagya Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan have all collected works from October Gallery.

Founded in 1979, October Gallery is a charitable trust which is supported by sales of art, rental of the Gallery's unique facilities, grants from various funding bodies and the active support of dedicated artists, musicians, writers and many friends from around the world. The Gallery’s Education Department is inclusive of all ages from under 5’s to PGCE student and delivers a wide range of provision, see www.octobergalleryeducation.com

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