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James Barnor: Accra/London - A Retrospective
Serpentine North Gallery

19th May - 22nd October, 2021.
Image: James Barnor, AGIP Calendar Model, 1974.
Edition of 10 plus 1 artist's proof, Lambda print, 48 x 48 cm.
The Serpentine presents a major survey of October Gallery represented photographer James Barnor, whose career spans six decades, two continents and numerous photographic genres through his work with studio portraiture, photojournalism, editorial commissions and wider social commentary.

Born in 1929 in Ghana, James Barnor established his famous Ever Young studio in Accra in the early 1950s, capturing a nation on the cusp of independence in an ambiance animated by conversation and highlife music. In 1959 he arrived in London, furthering his studies and continuing assignments for influential South African magazine Drum which reflected the spirit of the era and the experiences of London’s burgeoning African diaspora. He returned to Ghana in the early 1970s to establish the country’s first colour processing lab while continuing his work as a portrait photographer and embedding himself in the music scene. He returned to London in 1994.

Free entry but booking required.

Contemporary Ceramic Art from the Middle East
Victoria & Albert Museum

19th May - 17th October, 2021.
Image: Rachid Koraïchi, From the series: Les Sept Stations Célestes (II), 2018.
Soft paste porcelain, blue and white oxide, 50 x 47 x 47 cm.
This display, curated by Mariam Rosser-Owen (Curator Middle East), will be the first exhibition ever staged on this subject.

Complementing the V&A’s internationally important collection of historical ceramics from the Middle East and North Africa, this exhibition feature works by a selection of the key artists practising today in the Middle East and North Africa, or in diaspora, who use ceramic as a medium of artistic expression. The display will include works by Rachid Koraïchi.

Reflections: contemporary art of the Middle East and North Africa
British Museum

17th May - 15th August, 2021.
Image: Rachid Koraïchi, A Nation in Exile: Hymne Gravé (from complete set of 46 sheets), 1981.
Etchings, 76 x 56 cm. Edition of 25.
This display weaves together a rich tapestry of artistic expression from artists born in, or connected to, countries from Iran to Morocco.

Featuring around 100 works on paper – from etchings to photographs and artists' books – the majority of works in the exhibition have been collected in the past decade. They highlight topics of gender, identity, history and politics, while also exploring poetic traditions and the intersections between past and present. There is no single narrative but a multiplicity of stories. Works by Rachid Koraïchi and Golnaz Fathi will be exhibited.


October Gallery artists will be exhibiting at:

Kensington Chelsea Art Week

24th June - 4th July, 2021.
Image: LR Vandy, Superhero Cog Woman #01, 2019.
Jesmonite and steel, 210 x 140 x 140 cm. Edition of 7.
KCAW21 features hundreds of local and digital events taking place, including a dynamic outdoor Public Art Trail across 9 zones from Sloane Square to White City, curated walks through hidden streets of Kensington and Chelsea, Late Gallery Hop, museum projects and more.

A large Jesmonite sculpture from the series Superhero Cog Woman by LR Vandy, acting as a tribute to women throughout time, will be exhibited as part of KCAW21.


October Gallery artists recently exhibited at:

CAP Kuwait

until 31st May 2021
Image: Laila Shawa, Walls of Gaza II (from complete set of 12 Lithographs), 1994. Lithographs, 48 x 69 cm. Edition of 50.
Works by Laila Shawa are part of the exhibition 'Inside/Out'. Shawa's ongoing series of silkscreens and prints entitled The Walls of Gaza strive to reflect the political realities of her country, targeting themes of injustice and persecution. This series evolved from photographs taken of graffiti appearing on the houses of Gaza during the first Intifada.


5th -14th May, 2021.
Image: Alexis Peskine, Sequita, 2020.
Red gold leaf, nails, Havana Ochre, coffee, earth and hibiscus on lumber core wood, 220 x 198 cm.
Works by Jordan Ann Craig, Romuald Hazoumè, Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, Alexis Peskine and Benji Reid will be exhibited by October Gallery.

The booth will feature Sequita (2020) by Alexis Peskine as part of a series of initiatives comprising the tribute to the Vision & Justice Project and Sarah Elizabeth Lewis, Associate Professor at Harvard University, as organised by Frieze New York. The project wrestles with the urgent question of how, in a democracy, the foundational right of representation and the right to be recognised justly, has historically—and is still—tied to the work of visual representation in the public realm.

Abu Dhabi
Virtual Art Fair

19 – 26 November 2020
Image: Rachid Koraïchi, from the series Lachrymatoires Bleues - Blue Lachrymatory Vases, 2020.
Ceramic with cobalt oxide glaze, 51 x 32 x 32 cm each.
October Gallery is participating in the 12th edition of Abu Dhabi Art. The virtual fair runs on Abu Dhabi Art’s website from 19th – 26th November 2020. October Gallery is exhibiting new works by Rachid Koraïchi and Govinda Sah ‘Azad’.

October Gallery presents a selection of Rachid Koraïchi’s works created during this past year of global crisis, including three blue and white ceramic vases from the Lachrymatoires Bleues series, one set of seven paintings from the Handkerchiefs of Hope series and one large etching, Le Jardin d’Afrique, along with other works.

In his most recent series, Govinda Sah has looked to the Moon for inspiration. Sah’s work balances traditional Eastern metaphysical insights about the nature of reality with visual realisations that are in accord with the latest formulations of contemporary western science, imagining a cosmos of boundless possibilities.


Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland
13 March - 1 November 2020

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar Museum
1 October 2019 – 2 February 2020

Haus der Kunst, Munich
8 March – 28 July 2019
Image: Installation of El Anatsui: Triumphant Scale.
The touring exhibition Triumphant Scale is the most comprehensive and detailed presentation of El Anatsui’s oeuvre thus far. The exhibition encompasses all media used by the artist in his remarkable 50-year career, focusing on the triumphant and monumental quality of his sculptures, with the signature bottle cap series at the heart of the presentation. Along with these ambitious works, the exhibition includes wood sculptures and wall reliefs from the mid-1970s to the late 1990s; ceramic sculptures of the late 1970s; and drawings, sketches and prints.

1-54 London
Booth No. W1

8th – 10th October 2020
Image: October Gallery booth. Photo: Rocio Chacon.
October Gallery participated in the 2020 edition of 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London. New works by Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, Alexis Peskine, LR Vandy and Benji Reid will be exhibited by the Gallery at Somerset House.

The fair will coincide with Alexis Peskine: Fire Figures, at October Gallery, a solo exhibition of new works by the artist.

For this edition of 1-54, LR Vandy has created a new installation which is a continuation of her 'Hull' series.

This year, Benji Reid was announced the recipient of The Wellcome Photography Prize 2020 for the category Mental Health (single image). Reid was awarded the prize for his work Holding onto Daddy a “love note” to his daughter.

Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga was recently announced as one of Apollo Magazine's 40 Under 40 Africa Artists.


Gallery Particia Armocida, Milan.
Until 30th September
Image: Jukhee Kwon, The Lightness of a Moment, Gallery Particia Armocida, Milan, 2020. Courtesy Gallery Particia Armocida, Milan.
Curated by Tiziana Castelluzzo, the exhibition features three new large installations as well as twenty medium and small works which are being shown for the first time. Jukhee creates works from the printed page. Using abandoned and disused books, she cuts and manipulates pages by hand to create magnificent sculptures.


8th -15th May, 2020.
Image: William S. Burroughs, Warhol, A Portrait in TV Dots..., 1992. Spray paint on paper, 53 x 49 cm. Courtesy of the Artist's Estate / The Wylie Agency and October Gallery, London.
October Gallery, London presented an exhibition of William S. Burroughs’ art, including rarely displayed paintings and sculptures. Burroughs practiced visual art throughout his life, for decades he produced photographs, collages and film, then in his later years he became a prolific painter. This exhibition will address his legacy, showing highlights from the latter part of his career.

The virtual booth explored Burroughs’ interest in the relationship between word and image. Burroughs thought in images and symbols, this is visible in both his writing and paintings. He was influenced by process art, recombinant art, and incorporating text into paintings.


El Anatsui at The Royal Museums of Greenwich, London, UK
19 July 2019 – 5 January 2020
Image: El Anatsui, Untitled (Carmine Eclipse), 2016. Intaglio print with collage and chine-collé, 98.5 x 98.5 cm. Edition 2 of 3.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, The Moon is the UK’s biggest exhibition dedicated to Earth’s celestial neighbour. The exhibition reconnects with the wonders of the Moon through artefacts, artworks and interactive moments, and discovers how it has captivated and inspired us throughout history. Featured prominently in the exhibition was El Anatsui’s Cadmium-Vermillion Eclipse, an intaglio print with collage and chine-collé, produced in collaboration with Factum Arte, Madrid.


at Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town, South Africa
February to December 2019
Image: El Anatsui, TSIATSIA - searching for connection, 2013. Aluminium (bottle-tops, printing plates, roofing sheets) and copper wire, 1560 x 2500 cm.
The monumental metal work TSIATSIA – searching for connection was installed in the atrium of the stunning Zeitz MOCAA (Museum of Contemporary African Art), in Cape Town, South Africa. El Anatsui won the prestigious Charles Wollaston Award when this immense work first covered the facade of the Royal Academy, in 2013. At 15.6m x 25m, the wall-hanging sculpture is the largest he has made using his bottle top technique.


Alexis Peskine, LR Vandy and Aubrey Williams Somerset House, London
12 June – 15 September 2019
Image: Installation of Get Up, Stand Up Now.
Get Up, Stand Up Now, curated by Zak Ové was a major new exhibition celebrating the past 50 years of Black creativity in Britain at Somerset House. A group of around 100 interdisciplinary artists showcased work together for the first time, including Alexis Peskine, LR Vandy and Aubrey Williams, in this survey of the Black experience and influence, from the post-war era to the present day.


16 February - 2 June 2019
Hepworth Wakefield

3 August – 15 December 2019
Sainsbury Centre, Norwich
Image: Installation of The Journey of Things.
This major exhibition brought together more than 50 of Odundo’s vessels alongside a large selection of historic and contemporary objects which she curated to reveal the vast range of references from around the globe that have informed the development of her unique work. October Gallery loaned the two-piece installation AG+BA by El Anatsui for inclusion in the exhibition.


Huang Xu:
10 January – 30 November 2109
Jukhee Kwon:
10 September – 30 November 2019
Image: Jukhee Kwon, Redemption, 2013. Paper (3 books), 450 x 125 x 125 cm. (Complete installation comprises 8 books.)
October Gallery collaborated with Asia House to display works by two artists in prime space of the renowned Asia House, London. Three photos by Huang Xu were displayed in the entrance lobby and three sections of the large installation Redemption by Jukhee Kwon was displayed through the grand staircase to coincide with the Literature Festival at Asia House.


3 - 6 October 2019
Image: October Gallery booth.
October Gallery participated in the seventh edition of 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, held at London’s Somerset House. The exuberant booth exhibited works by Romuald Hazoumè, new sculptures by LR Vandy as well as new works by Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga and Alexis Peskine.


The Regent’s Park, London
6 July - 6 October 2019
Image: LR Vandy, Superhero Cog Woman #01, 2019. Jesmonite and steel,
210 x 140 x 140 cm. Edition of 7.
Frieze Sculpture returned to The Regent’s Park for three months this summer, featuring works selected and placed by Clare Lilley (Director of Programme, Yorkshire Sculpture Park.) LR Vandy’s large Jesmonite sculpture from the series Superhero Cog Woman was exhibited as part of the sculpture park. Superhero Cog Woman is a tribute to the act of women coming together and making things happen. Each artwork from the series can be constructed from a range of cog-like components, differently configured, adding to its seemingly pragmatic and mechanical nature.

AKAA (Also Known As Africa)

Carreau du Temple, Paris
9 - 11 November 2019
Image: October Gallery booth.
October Gallery participated in the fourth edition of Also Known As Africa (AKAA) Art Fair. The booth featured works by Alexis Peskine, Benji Reid and LR Vandy.


El Anatsui in Morocco
13 June – 15 August 2019
Image: Installation of Iris by El Anatsui, (right).
The exhibition brought together some thirty contemporary African artists of 15 different nationalities and opened in Casblanca, from where it is touring to6 countries across the continent. Included in the Casablance leg of the exhibition was the bottle-top work Iris by El Anatsui.


At The Harley Gallery
6 April - 17 June 2019
Image: Installation of reCollecting.
The Harley Gallery exhibited new works in an exciting solo exhibition by Sylvie Franquet. Enthralled by views on gender and nature, the artist collects materials brought together in an act of repairing humankind’s relationship with nature. Her punk aesthetic encompasses a range of fine art practices including needlework, sculpture and collage which she combined with research into Welbeck’s historic art collection.


Industria, 775 WashingtonStreet, NY
3 - 5 May 2019
Image: Alexis Peskine, Nkisi, 2018. Moon gold, nails, earth, water, coffee and archival varnish on wood, 153 x 104 cm.
October Gallery exhibited for the first time at 1-54 New York. New works were displayed by artists Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, Alexis Peskine and LR Vandy.


CTICC, Convention Square, Cape Town
15 - 17 February 2019
Image: Alexis Peskine viewing his work.
At the 7th edition of Cape Town Art Fair, 2019, October Gallery presented works at Booth C14 by artists El Anatsui, Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, Alexis Peskine and LR Vandy.