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CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

Opening Spring 2021
Rachid Koraïchi, from the series Lachrymatoires Bleues - Blue Lachrymatory Vases, 2020.
Ceramic with cobalt oxide glaze, 51 x 32 x 32 cm each.
Rachid Koraïchi, from the series Handkerchiefs of Hope (of set of 7), 2020. Acrylic on canvas, 27 x 22 cm.

Tears that Taste of the Sea, an exhibition of new works by Rachid Koraïchi, will open at October Gallery in January, 2021. The exhibition presents a select sampling of Koraïchi’s works in different media created during this past year of global crisis, and includes seven blue and white ceramic vases from the Lachrymatoires Bleues series, three sets of seven paintings from the Handkerchiefs of Hope series, three large steel sculptures representing vigilant guardian figures and one large etching, Le Jardin d’Afrique. In formal terms, the diverse works are linked together by the figures, glyphs and symbols of Koraïchi’s signature style of hand-drawn characters. Thematically speaking, they are related by their emphasis on the innumerable tears shed mourning the loss of loved ones, for reasons of displacement, migration and disaster, or the harrowing effects of the present pandemic. This exhibition marks the first time these four elements of The Garden of Africa, Koraïchi's significant new project to create a cemetery in Southern Tunisia for the many migrants drowned while crossing the Mediterranean in search of a better life, are displayed together.

 
15 February - 31 March 2021
Govinda Sah 'Azad', Essence, 2016.
Oil and smoke on canvas, 140 x 120 cm
Gerald Wilde, Piccadilly Circus, 1946.
Gouache on paper, 55 x 78 cm.
Opening in February 1979, October Gallery created the foundation for the idea of the Transvangarde, the transcultural avant-garde. To mark the Gallery’s inaugural exhibition, Gerald Wilde: The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, we present Painting Unbound: Artists of the Transvangarde, a virtual exhibition celebrating the creative freedom of painting. Wilde’s powerful 1949 statement “Life may be miserable, but I am not”, also strongly echoes our current times. At a moment in time when much movement is restricted, painting offers the opportunity for exploration and pushing boundaries. As artist Elisabeth Lalouschek boldly stated about her large-scale work in the 1980’s “The real adventure for me is painting!”.

Selected artists included are Tian Wei, Romuald Hazoumè, Golnaz Fathi and Govinda Sah ‘Azad’ amongst others.
 

FORTHCOMING EXHIBITION

Benji Reid: LAUGH AT GRAVITY

New date to be announced
Benji Reid, Mercurial Child, 2019. Giclée Print, 80 x 80 cm. Ed. of 8 plus 2 AP.
Benji Reid, Lord of Manny, 2019. Giclée Print,
100 x 78.5 cm. Ed. of 8 plus 2 AP.

Laugh at Gravity is Benji Reid’s first solo exhibition at October Gallery. This highly anticipated exhibition follows the artist’s showcase at the 2019 edition of AKAA (Also Known As Africa), Paris and the 2020 edition of ICTAF (Investec Cape Town Art Fair) where the artist’s work enthralled audiences.

Benji Reid considers himself a Choreo-Photolist; a term he coined to encapsulate his unique practice where choreography, photography and theatricality meet in the image. Reid’s breathtaking photographs, composed primarily of self-portraits in incredible, anti-gravitational poses using a medley of props, draw the audience into a different dimension. In the hyper-realities he presents the subject is illuminated by acts of the artist’s imagination. Whether exploring life as an outsider, issues surrounding mental health or the complexities of fatherhood, Reid invites the audience into the discussion. Each perfectly poised portrait, set against vividly suggestive backdrops and adorned with fantastical objects, still suggests the recognisable world we all inhabit. Yet familiar objects like a paddle, a sparkler or a stool somehow transform to transport the viewer into an alternative reality, which while offering protection suggests undreamt of possibilities for real liberation.

The photographer Robert Golden describes in detail how Reid ‘’turns the trashcan into a rocket, he will use motors contrived to fly higher and faster than the crowd. His anti-gravitational mysteries, which fail to reflect the ‘real’ world as it seems to be, does what fine art can do in troubled times. He makes us smile – a victory in itself, but more, he provides a greater reality, one worthy of his talent.’’

 

 

NEWS, EVENTS & RECOMMENDATIONS


In Studio with
LR Vandy
LR Vandy in conversation with Chris Spring.
Moderated by Dee Haughney, 2021.
Guy Brett
(1942 - 2021)
October Gallery is saddened to hear of the passing of writer, critic and curator, Guy Brett.
Guy Brett died in London, at the age of 78. He was a close friend, frequent collaborator and eloquent interpreter of the work of many of the artists shown by October Gallery over the last four decades, and he will be sorely missed by us all.
Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga named in Apollo Magazine 40 Under 40 Africa
The accolade celebrates artists, thinkers, business leaders and advocates who have pioneered arts from Africa and the Diaspora.

You can view Eddy's artist page here
Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, Mémoire Fragile 1, 2020.
Acrylic and oil on canvas, 200 x 200 cm
James Barnor receives Honorary Fellowship from The Royal Photographic Society
James Barnor is amongst the luminaries of the photography world being honoured for their innovation and outstanding contributions to the photographic medium. Now in its 142nd year, the RPS Awards consist of eighteen categories that cover art, science, education, film and publishing.
Photo: Jonathan Greet, 2016.
How El Anatsui Broke the Seal on Contemporary Art
(The New Yorker. 11 Jan 2020)
Read Julian Lucas' piece for the
New Yorker on El Anatsui

"His runaway success began with castaway junk: a bag of bottle caps along the road. Now the Ghanaian sculptor is redefining Africa’s place in the global art scene."

From the touring exhibition Triumphant Scale to Anatsui's studio in Nsukka, Lucas explores the artist's life, process and works in incredible depth
Photo: The New Yorker
October Gallery Podcast
Alexis Peskine in conversation with the curator, Dee Haughney.
In October Gallery's debut podcast, artist Alexis Peskine is interviewed by the curator, Dee Haughney. This interview was part of our first Instagram Live OG Late, which took place on 24th May, 2020. Listen in as Alexis explores his practice, talks about his most recent residencies and discusses his new body of works.
Alexis Peskine, Novas Linguagens Do Mundo, 2019. Nails, gold leaf, clay, annatto and coffee over wood,
200 x 200 cm.
Benji Reid announced as cover artist for Trebuchet Eight
October Gallery is pleased to announce that Benji Reid has been chosen as the cover artist for Trebuchet, the articulate and stylish Art publication. Featuring an in-depth interview with Reid, the Eighth issue of the magazine explores the subject of Contemporary Surrealism.
Benji Reid, I had a dream, 2018.
Sokari Douglas Camp
'All the World is Now Richer'
Sokari Douglas Camp was recently interviewed by Jon Snow, on Channel 4 News, about her monumental work ‘All the World is Now Richer’, a memorial sculpture made to commemorate the abolition of slavery. This major piece consists of a line of life-sized figures representing the successive stages in the saga of slavery, while underlining the fact that people of slave heritage are brave, and possess both strength and dignity. Behind each individual figure extends a ‘shadow’ containing a phrase describing that specific stage, the whole building together to form one powerful statement. A permanent public placement is presently being sought for this timely and important piece.
Sokari Douglas Camp, All the World is Now Richer, 2012. Steel, 216 x 560 x 118 cm.

 

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.