Foley Gallery will be hosting the first New York solo exhibition of photographer Ilona Szwarc. Her “American Girls” series is a classically stylized portraiture series identifying varied juvenile personalities across USA. Young girls are accompanied by a customized version of themselves, a modern “American Girl” doll shown helping them along in their early growth. Szwarc captures the desire for individuality and the liberating influence having a doll so similar to oneself can have for a young girls imagination and ultimately her world-view.
Yoko Ono is set to host this year’s Meltdown Festival at London’s Southbank Centre, revealing a star-studded line-up carefully curated. The event series will take place between 14th and 23rd June, following on from last year’s Antony Hegarty-picked outing. Among those booked are Patti Smith, Iggy and the Stooges, Deerhoof, Boy George, Marianne Faithfull, Sean Lennon and Savages. Siouxsie Sioux will also play her first show in five years, while ex-Sonic Youth pair Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore are scheduled to perform solo sets. More info and tickets can be found hitting the link below.
Chelsea Light Moving (Kim Gordon’s and Thurston Moore new project) will be on their first european tour this summer, and will perform at the first edition of All Tomorrws Parties Iceland headlined by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. The festival will take place fon June 28th and 29th at the former N.A.T.O. base in Keflavìk. For full line up tickets and accomodations info hit the link below.
Galerie Particuliere will host a solo show by Berlin-based German photographer Friederike von Rauch. This new body of works is a departure from her usual, primarily monochrome images. Her ongoing series of photographs explores European museums after regular opening times, in complete calm and solitude. Masterpieces on the walls vanish into the darkness while the sparse light entering through the open doors creates an abstract centreline on the parquet floor. It’s the first project of this sort that Von Rauch has embarked upon, and the photography remains rooted in a structural focus on the space itself, rather than objects within it.
Automatic Books with A plus A presents the second edition of The Book Affair. Free and open to the public, The Book Affair is a unique event dedicated to artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals and zines presented by international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers due to be held in Venice during the Art Biennale.
Stuart Shave is pleased to announce that Modern Art will relocate to central London premises within an 18th century townhouse at 6 Fitzroy Square, London. The new space will open on April 17th with a two-person exhibition of collage and sculpture by Tom Burr and Linder, private views on April 16th from 6pm to 8 pm. For further information please contact the gallery directly or follow the link below.
Current Gallery announces Elle Pérez as the first photographer to be exhibited in their new photography solo show program. In conjunction with the exhibition they’ll be releasing a catalog of Elle’s work. Elle Pérez’s series “Into the Woods” dismantles gender binaries through their images and experiences in the utopian society of IDA, a safe space in Tennessee. This rural farming community allows people to come home to their ideal selves. They take on new names, exist freely, connect to nature, and have the opportunity to learn farming skills. Pérez is able to document the visitors and residents after they’ve shed their protective layers and begun to explore their eternal spirit. “Into the Woods” is Pérez longest running series on queer culture. Still in progress, they have made yearly pilgrimages to IDA since 2011.
Melding craft and fine art with unparalleled verve and using vivid geometric shapes and patterns, Clare Rojas creates narrative paintings focused on the relationships between men, women, society, and nature. Unlike many of her contemporaries, Clare Rojas explores the traditional and often subordinate roles of women without sexual exploitation or overt eroticism, making her works both poignant and enjoyable. Her new exhibition opens at Galleri Nicolai Wallner in Copenhagen, on April 5th and features a musical performance by Peggy Honeywell. Read full infos here.
Gallery Libby Sellers will be participating in the second annual Design Days Dubai fair in a booth organised by the UK Craft Council. Works presented from GLS will be by designers including Fabien Cappello, Simon Hasan, Max Lamb, Peter Marigold and Rolf Sachs.
Jessica “Jekka” McVicar is an English organic gardening expert, author and broadcaster, particularly on the cultivation and use of herbs. In 1987, together with her husband, established a herb farm – now known as Jekka’s Herb Farm – at Alveston near Bristol. It now has the largest collection of herbs in the UK, with more than 600 different varieties. She has been awarded 62 Royal Horticultural Society Gold Medals for her organic herb displays, including 14 at the Chelsea Flower Show, Best Floral Exhibit at Hampton Court in 2007 and 2008 and “Life Time Achievement Award” at the Garden Media Guild Awards 2012. The farm will be opening to the public on a selection of Fridays throughout the year, starting on March 29th 2013, offering an unique opportunity for visitors to buy herbs direct from the farm and to observe their Herboretum in progress. The farm shop will also stock herbal teas, herb seeds, seed collections, books and herbal gifts.