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18 JANUARY – 2 MARCH 2024<h2>RACHID KORAÏCHI: CELESTIAL BLUE<br>
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<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>RACHID KORAÏCHI: CELESTIAL BLUE<br>
7 MARCH – 13 APRIL 2024</h2>
<h2>Aubrey Williams: Cosmological Abstractions, 1973–85<br>23 May 2023 – 12 May 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

18 January – 2 March 2024
Romuald Hazoumè, Aïchâtte, 2023.
Found objects, 38 x 22 x 13 cm
Alexis Peskine, Ebandeli, 2023.
Purple Japanese oxidised silver leaf, nails, black pigment and red hibiscus on wood, 120 x 120 cm.
October Gallery presents Transvangarde: Free Style Cipher, an exhibition of new works by Sokari Douglas Camp CBE, Alexis Peskine and Govinda Sah ‘Azad’, with selected works by Susanne Kessler, Tian Wei, Golnaz Fathi, Jukhee Kwon, Elisabeth Lalouschek, Romuald Hazoumè, Benji Reid and Zana Masombuka. Based on the hip-hop notion of an interactive, freewheeling exchange of contrasting ideas and styles, the exhibited works will focus on the visual language particular to each artist, helping to decode the various layers of meaning and shed revealing light on each artist’s individual practice in conversation with and in relation to their peers.

Highlights will include new steel sculptures by Sokari Douglas Camp that continue in the vein of her recent Jonkonnu Masquerade series. These poignant yet playful works focus on the significance of feathers, examining that material’s links to colonial wealth and power, as they combine imaginative elements of carnival masquerades and festival processions. New ‘nail portraits’ by Alexis Peskine, will also be shown. These powerful works made by hammering nails of different sizes into wooden boards focus on the Black experience and questions of identity as they map the spread of the African diaspora. Exhibited will be paintings by Govinda Sah whose work comprises interwoven layers of acrylic traces and marks that build into what Sah describes as a ‘long unfolding conversation between the canvas and myself.’
 

FORTHCOMING 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.
 

 

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)
Gallery Talk:
Rachid Koraïchi: Celestial Blue.
The Artist in conversation with Gerard Houghton
Saturday, 9 March, 2024
3.00 – 4.30pm. Entry Free
Join renowned artist Rachid Koraïchi for an in-depth discussion about his new body of work in the exhibition Celestial Blue with Gerard Houghton, Director of Special Projects. In celebration of the artist’s 77th year, the talk will explore the development of Koraïchi’s career, his acclaimed work Jardin d' Afrique and how certain elements of Sufism, such as script, the prime number 7 and Tolerance, continue to inform his ongoing artistic practice.

The talk will take place in the gallery and disabled access is available.
Rachid Koraïchi at October Gallery, London. 2018.
Photo © Jonathan Greet.
Film Screening:
Koraïchi : Tu manques même à mon ombre
Saturday, 9 March, 2024
1.30 – 2.30pm. Entry Free
In this film, world renowned artist, Rachid Koraïchi, takes us to the sources of his inspiration in the Sahara. This initiatory journey, which originates between Djanet and Tamanrasset, continues in the Sufi brotherhood to which he belongs.

Koraïchi shares with us his discourse about peace and humanism, which can be found reflected in his works and installations. Koraïchi: Tu manques même à mon ombre highlights Rachid Koraïchi’s artistic journey and his strong commitment to peace and Tolerance for all. Directed by Laurent Boullard, Koraïchi : Tu manques même à mon ombre dedicated to Rachid Koraïchi, was produced in 2021.

The film is an intimate portrait of a committed and humanist artist, recognised worldwide. Boullard is a television journalist and director of numerous news reports, investigations and documentaries for major French television channels.

(Duration: 64 mins - October Gallery theatre, 2nd Floor - This event has no disabled access).

View the Trailer for the film.
Photo: © Laurent Boullard.
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.
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.
Photo © Andy Keate.
AUBREY WILLIAMS: COSMOLOGICAL ABSTRACTIONS, 1973–85 at TATE BRITAIN
23 May 2023 – 12 May 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)

 

VISTING OCTOBER GALLERY

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

October Gallery is open from 12:30 to 17:30 pm, Tuesday to Saturday.
The Gallery is closed during official holidays and the entire month of August.



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