Art News: Antony Gormley at White Cube, June Newton Photography & National Gallery ‘Fakes, Mistakes & Discoveries’ Exhibit

17 Jun
2010

ANTONY GORMLEY AT WHITE CUBE LONDON

An exhibition of new works by Antony Gormley is currently on view at the White Cube, Mason’s Yard in London. The artist has created a new-site specific installation and a new series of cast-iron block work sculptures. The works aim to depict how time engages with objects and how in turn objects influence human beings.

Gormley exhibits Breathing Room III (2010) (shown above) in the lower gallery room, the third in this series of works which involve the viewer’s involvement in a shifting ground. The work is made from 15 inter-connecting photo-luminescent space frames; the total volume is equivalent to that of the internal gallery space.

A new series of sculptural works will populate the ground-floor gallery, furthering the artist’s investigation of the human body and its relationship to the built world. The exibition runs through July 10, 2010.

Visit White Cube for more information.

JUNE NEWTON PHOTOGRAPHY (YES…HELMUT NEWTON’S WIFE)

Back in the 1970′s, Helmut Newton was unable to shoot a cigarette advertisement he was scheduled for and his wife, June, stepped in. An actress who went by the stage name Alice Springs, became her pseudonym when she stepped behind the lens. Springs shot several campaigns for the french hair stylist jean louis david; the photographs appeared under her byline as full-page ads in renowned fashion magazines. 1974 saw the first Alice Springs cover image adorning French Elle.

A new exhibition that takes its name from her alias is on display at the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin, representing the first retrospective of June Newton’s work.

The show consists of approximately 250 photographs taken by June, now in her late eighties and living in Monte Carlo. Though not as prolific as her late husband,  her work is as consistently seductive as Helmut’s, but in a way that seems more insidious and subtle than her husband’s in-your-face kink.

NATIONAL GALLERY EXHIBITION ‘CLOSE EXAMINATION: FAKES, MISTAKES AND DISCOVERIES’

This exhibition explores the vital contributions of applied science to the understanding of Old Master paintings in the National Gallery. A world leader in its field, the Gallery employs advanced techniques in scientific examination, conservation and art historical research to investigate a painting’s physical properties.

Portrait of Alexander Mornauer 1464-88

The exhibition will showcase some of the most intriguing stories behind paintings in the Gallery, as it explores the ways in which advances in scholarship and technology can reveal the misconceptions of the past.

Working together, Gallery experts can uncover the true origins of works with disputed authorship or authenticity, ranging from workshop collaborations and straightforward period copies to modern forgeries. Sometimes scientific investigation has uncovered fakes. A painting acquired as a 15th-century work in 1923 was proven to be a 20th-century forgery after scientific analysis of the materials used.

The exhibition opens June 30, and runs through September 12, 2010.

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